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The school site combines the best of both worlds – it’s five minutes’ walk from the centre of town but has 12 acres of grounds (including five acres of sports fields) for children to play in. The pupils are spirited, chatty and well mannered. They stand up when visitors enter the room and are keen to talk about their school. Despite its traditional exterior, Sherborne Prep is impressively forward thinking. The dynamic head of teaching and learning (she’s also the head of languages) helps children to work out what type of learners they are (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic) and has…

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What the school says...

At Sherborne Prep School we aim to meet the needs of each child as an individual and they are supported not only by the enthusiastic and committed staff but also by each other as a community and family. There is a real warmth and vitality about the School and visitors always comment on the happy children. When you visit you will see confident enquiring children, happy to be learning about the world around them. They will be keen to speak to you and show you what they are doing. You will also see for yourself the variety and excellence of our staff.

We provide a wide range of opportunities on the academic, creative and sporting front whilst allowing children to be children. Consistently, all our pupils are successful at reaching the Senior Schools of their choice and leave feeling delight in their many achievements.

Such things are admirable, but we aim to proivde more. We believe that education should convey a real sense of meaning and purpose and grow open and enquiring minds. We value imagination, individualism and variety and we want our young people to fulfill their talents wherever they lie.
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Headmaster

Since 2015, Nick Folland (50s). Educated at Exmouth Community College, one of the largest comprehensives in the country, and Loughborough University, where he read PE, sports science and geography. Worked with deaf children for three years, did a PGCE at Loughborough and then moved to Blundell’s. Played professional cricket for Somerset for three years before taking a housemaster’s post at Blundell’s. Appointed as inaugural head of Blundell’s Prep and after a decade there took on the headship of St John’s on-the-Hill prep in Chepstow, where he spent four years.

Married to Di, a charming Australian speech and language specialist who is immersed in school life. They live in a house owned by the school, a five-minute walk away, and have two children. Head is go-ahead, energetic (his wife describes him as...

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Special Education Needs

Sherborne Prep prides itself in catering for individual children regardless of academic ability. We cater for a wide range of learning needs including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Asperger's and Speech and Language difficulties. Children entering Sherborne Prep are not routinely screened for SEN but those who come with an SEN background or assessments are picked up automatically. If a child does appear to be struggling, they are assessed and appropriate support allocated. Support is offered, depending on need, in the form of individual, or group lessons with specialist teachers. There are also assistants in classes up to Year 6 to support those children who are having difficulty and to extend gifted and talented children. Where appropriate, some SEN children are also withdrawn from Latin, to have extra support lessons in Maths and English. A successful Occupational Therapy club operates to help children with Dyspraxic tendencies.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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