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Parents and boys talk about the head in glowing terms. They say he has upped the academic ante, put an emphasis on kindness and smartened up the uniform. In turn, the head is full of praise for the pupils. ‘The boys are interesting, engaging and decent,’ he says. ‘They know their own minds but there is a reservoir of kindness there. People say that you never meet an unpleasant old Shirburnian and it’s true.’ Head loves the fact that Sherborne is ‘a proper boarding school’...

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What the school says...

Founded by King Edward VI in 1550, we are one of just a few full-boarding, all-boys schools in the UK and this, together with our strong partnership with Sherborne Girls, is what makes Sherborne School special. Within this unique framework, Sherborne is an ideal location, giving the opportunity for all to develop in a secure environment whilst encouraging each boy to become self-reliant, confident and ready for the next stage of his education. At Sherborne, we offer a first-class academic education but importantly, we believe in kindness and developing an empathy for others. Through inspiring teaching, we engage and guide each boy to pursue academic excellence and cultivate a lifelong love of opportunities outside the classroom and encouraging them to develop their sporting, artistic and creative talents. Sherborne lies in the beautiful Dorset countryside and has a direct train to and from Waterloo. ...Read more

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Other features

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test


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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Dr Dominic Luckett (early 50s), previously head of Mill Hill School. Educated at King Edward VII Grammar School (now King Edward VII Academy) in King’s Lynn, the University of Leicester, where he gained a first in history, and Oxford, where he did his DPhil in early Tudor history. Encouraged by an inspirational history teacher, he was the first of his family to go to university. ‘I suspect that if it hadn’t been for him I would have ended up working in Sainsbury’s,’ he says. Taught for 11 years at Harrow School, where he was head of history and an assistant housemaster; subsequently moved to Worth School as deputy head. In 2007 he became head of Mill Hill School and chief executive of the Mill Hill School Foundation. He is an ISI inspector...

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Special Education Needs

Boys with dyslexia, and other mild specific learning difficulties, are well supported by a team of three in newly refurbished accommodation.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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