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Excellent results achieved alongside the kind of array of anything extracurricular that anyone could possibly want must be testament to the quality of teaching (‘amazing,’ according to one mother); not that we witnessed many lessons in progress during our visit, interestingly. Full (on) and unapologetic boarding here, with very few day boys (five per cent). Eight houses (soon to be nine, with the reopening of a house previously used by Sherborne International) each with its own distinctive building, character and amount of wisteria. Any unsavoury attitudes to girls are swiftly jumped on: our senior guides told us of a recent incident at CCF where a few boys suggesting that girls weren’t up to it were immediately called out. ‘It’s not all weird and woke, but…

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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. Sherborne School was given the highest accolade of 'excellent' by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2023. 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


Unusual sports


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 BA, DPhil, FRSA, FHA, FCCT. Not the product of the kind of school he now heads, as he freely admits, but with a distinguished academic as well as professional track record. Starting with a congratulatory first in history from the University of Leicester and a doctorate from Oxford, Dr Luckett’s career has taken him to Harrow, Worth School as deputy head and Mill Hill, where he cut his teeth on headship. He arrived at Sherborne at a period of trouble and instability at the top, but his unwavering focus on the most important part of the job – headmastering – is undoubtedly paying off. ‘He’s an educator, not an administrator,’ one mother observed approvingly. Since his arrival he has bolstered the links with Sherborne Girls – ‘so much more...

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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 Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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