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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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Sherborne School, founded in 1550, is one of the leading independent schools in the country. Built around Sherborne Abbey in a beautiful, bustling, small market town, surrounded by the rolling Dorset scenery, it is a truly unique location. The benefits and advantages of the peaceful setting are enhanced by the ease of transport to London with a direct train from Waterloo to Sherborne.
All schools strive to provide the best education they can, which often comes down to academic success, a caring pastoral environment and a busy extra-curricular life. Sherborne offers all these, thriving on the balance between tradition and constant innovation and improvement.
Sherborne supports and challenges every boy to become a man of distinction and as an all-boys school, with neighbouring girls schools, we can use our lengthy experience of educating boys to shape our approach to their often different interests and learning styles, pastoral needs, and rates of development.
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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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