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Sherborne Preparatory School

Acreman Street, Sherborne, Dorset, England DT9 3NY

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 13 Years Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

"Sherborne Prep aims to meet the needs of each child as an individual. They are supported by enthusiastic and committed staff but also by each other as a community and family. There is a real warmth...

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Word From The Head

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Annie Gent

Welcome to Sherborne Prep – where our pupils are encouraged to seize every opportunity before them.

A very warm welcome to Sherborne Prep. We are a caring, nurturing, and inspiring community that places the holistic care of every child at the heart of what we do. Our staff are passionate, dedicated educators who are committed to supporting children to be happy, kind, courageous learners, and outward facing individuals. We also laugh, a lot! We are a vibrant school that celebrates the magic of childhood.

We will push children beyond their comfort zones; to be ambitious for themselves but also for their community, be that through academic rigour, music, the performing Arts, sport, or adventure. Our children have character as they know they are safe to explore and will be guided throughout their time at The Prep to be ready for senior school and beyond.

We hold our Dragon Values dear. Children are encouraged to be not only kind to others and themselves; they are also aware of others and the world around them. We aim to instil a generosity of spirit, to engender independence and curiosity in pursuit of experiences, to be honest and open and to persevere. Those who are brave and know that to reach your potential takes hard work will find the most success and happiness in life and our staff are with each child every step of the way throughout their Prep School days.

We are a true community. Children have the best opportunity to thrive when the adults in their lives have a positive relationship. Our parent body is a kind and inclusive one. Joining Sherborne Prep means you truly do join our Prep School family- we are strongest when working together and this will enable our children to shine bright - to be ready for the future; to experience opportunities that not only will help them develop as individuals but also provide them with a desire to play a positive role within their local and wider community, developing global citizens who will truly make a difference.

Annie Gent


Open Days, Visits & Events

06-06-2023 - Open Morning

What We Offer

    • Design Technology
    • Drama/Theatre
    • ICT
    • Painting/Sculpture
    • Theology
    • English
    • English As Foreign/2nd Language
    • French
    • Athletics
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cricket
    • Cross-Country
    • Fencing
    • Fitness Training
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial Arts
    • Netball
    • Rounders
    • Rugby
    • Squash
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Touch Rugby
    • Volleyball
    • Astronomy
    • Chess
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • First Aid/Life Savers
    • Horse Riding & Management
    • Language Club
    • Public Speaking
    • Rock Climbing
    • Shooting
    • Yoga
    • Young Enterprise
    • Autistic Spectrum of Disorder (ASD)
    • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
    • Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)
    • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
    • Aspergers Syndrome (AS)
    • Delicate/Medical Conditions
    • Epilepsy
    • After School Club
    • Armed Forces Children
    • Diplomatic Children
    • Expatriate Children
    • Gifted Children
    • International Students
    • Rail Services
    • School Bus Service
    • Special Diets


    • Interview
    • Report from previous school
    • Trial day at school
    • Bursaries
    • Drama
    • Academic
    • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
    • Art
    • Siblings
    • Music
    • All-rounder
    • Sport
    • All denominations welcome
    • Church of England
    • English

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range3 to 13
      Annual Day Fees *£8685 to £16035
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£21960 to £22980
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *£21960 to £22980
      * Currency: GB Pound

      Number OF Pupils

      13Full Boarding3
      20Weekly Boarding15
      Boys Girls

      Number OF Staff

      Full-time: 19
      Part-time: 13

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University

      School Reviews

      (ISI) Independent Schools Inspectorate

      Sherborne Prep is delighted to share its inspection report and is proud to be the only Prep school in Sherborne to be rated ‘Excellent’ across all areas. (ISI 2023). View the full report here: http://ow.ly/gKXf50N8fUu

      The Independent Association of Prep Schools

      Sherborne Prep is a leading independent day and boarding school, welcoming girls and boys from 2 years to 13 years old (boarding from 7-13 years old). The school is five minutes’ walk from the centre of the thriving town of Sherborne and sits in 12 acres of beautiful grounds.

      Muddy Stilettos

      Non-pushy yet achieves academically, strong on music and art and with an innovative approach to sport and fitness.