(God and My Right)
|Established||705 by |
|Chairman of the Governors||Roger Fidgen|
|Headmaster||Dr Dominic Luckett|
|Chaplain||Rev Dr David Campbell|
|Age||13 to 18|
|Enrolment||543 pupils as of January 2018|
|Colour(s)||Royal Blue & Gold|
Sherborne School is an English
In the public school tradition, Sherborne remains a full boarding school with boys living in one of nine boarding houses, although a few day pupils are admitted to the school from time to time. It educates about 550 pupils, aged 13 to 18. Sherborne's A level results placed it in the top 1% of all schools in England in 2016 and 2017. The school has a close partnership with
Sherborne was founded as a
Anglo-Saxon masonry survives in the Beckett Room, below the School Library, a reminder that Sherborne continues to occupy part of the Saxon Cathedral to which it owes its foundation.
Sherborne was founded as a cathedral school by St
The school was re-founded by King
The School Room and Headmaster's House by
The arms of King
Aldhelm was the first Bishop of Sherborne, and the school remained under the direction of Sherborne's bishops until 1122 when its supervision passed to the abbot of the Benedictine monastery which had been established at Sherborne by
The school continues to occupy the site of the former monastery; the School Chapel (12th century, modified in the 15th and 19th centuries), the School Library (13th century, modified in the 15th century), and the Abbot's House, occupied by the headmaster and the senior staff (13th century, modified in the 15th century), are all former monastic buildings. The outlines of the monastic cloister, and curious first floor Abbot’s Chapel, are visible on the walls beyond the Abbot's House.
While the dissolution of the Benedictine Monastery of Sherborne in 1539 had an impact on administration and finances, Sherborne School remained in continuous operation, as evidenced by extant documents including the Abbey churchwardens' accounts for 1542, which record a rent received from the school, and conclusively from a note on the certificate for Dorset under the
On 29 March 1550 a formal instruction was issued by King
When Edward VI re-founded Sherborne, he granted the school an endowment of valuable lands which belonged to abolished
It has been said that nowhere else in England is the connection of the present with the past more pleasingly marked than at Sherborne School.
Established in 1977, Sherborne International is an independent co-educational boarding school, owned and governed by Sherborne School, for those from non-British educational backgrounds who wish to improve their
In 2005, 50 of the country's leading independent schools, including Sherborne, were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel, which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents. Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000. All schools involved in the scandal agreed to make ex-gratia payments, totalling £3 million, into a trust. The trust was designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared. However, Jean Scott, the head of the Independent Schools Council, said that independent schools had always been exempt from anti-cartel rules applied to business, were following a long-established procedure in sharing the information with each other, and were unaware of the change to the law (on which they had not been consulted). She wrote to John Vickers, the OFT director-general, saying, "They are not a group of businessmen meeting behind closed doors to fix the price of their products to the disadvantage of the consumer. They are schools that have quite openly continued to follow a long-established practice because they were unaware that the law had changed."