Sherborne School: Preparing sixth formers for success in university and beyond
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Sherborne School: Preparing sixth formers for success in university and beyond

Sherborne School: Preparing sixth formers for success in university and beyond

Success occurs when preparation meets opportunity, and for the students at Sherborne School in England, this rings true. The transition from school to university can be tough on some, but boarding schools with the right environment can prepare students to thrive at university and beyond.

Sherborne School is an independent full boarding and day school for boys aged 13-18 in Dorset. Pairing its academic prowess with a rich tradition of an extensive co-curricular life, as well as a Head who has just won Tatler’s ‘Best Head of a Public School’, Sherborne School’s unique environment and curriculum ensures wider aspects of students’ development are addressed to improve their chances of success.

A boarding school that takes students on a voyage of discovery

Admissions into top universities require academic all-rounders to demonstrate their zeal for learning and personal growth. At Sherborne School, staff offer tailored support that enhances the boys’ learning and develops essential skills that will facilitate university success. With an all-year round subject support system in place for the boys, Sherborne is a school where boys thrive through the incredible commitment and dedication of its qualified teaching staff.


Sherborne School

Meanwhile, as a full-boarding environment, the school is committed to pastoral care. Students have access to their teachers beyond the usual school day while supportive tutors and Housemasters meet with the boys every week, ensuring they thrive in a supportive, caring, home-from-home environment, all of which contributes to their overall development.

Sherborne School’s academic enrichment programme means students enjoy a holistic education. Activities include visiting speakers such as Olympians, politicians, mountaineers, entrepreneurs, educationalists and authors gracing the school and enlightening luminous minds. Students are also encouraged to participate in academic societies to broaden their perspectives and widen their knowledge of their favourite disciplines.

Further cementing the school’s academic strength is its stellar A-level results. Each year, approximately half of their A-levels are awarded with either an A or an A* grade. Additionally, in most years, around a fifth of the Upper Sixth secure straight A* and A grades. Value-added is a term often used in schools but at Sherborne, each and every boy is encouraged to reach their full potential.

Supporting bright minds

Understanding that the admissions process in higher education can be daunting, the school breaks down the barriers of post-secondary planning by supporting sixth formers and helping them prepare for life beyond Sherborne. The school also fosters close relationships with universities throughout the UK, understanding their entry requirements and steering young boys in the right direction.

It’s of no surprise that the majority of boys secure places at their first choice university, with destinations including Russell Group universities such as Oxbridge, Durham University, University College London, University of Bristol and Imperial College London.

But since it’s not an exclusive or elite school, Sherborne also helps its boys navigate the full range of options available to them – including unique opportunities like gap years.

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Sherborne School Library

The school also maintains extensive professional networks that help students secure valuable placements with renowned companies, including the big four accounting firms such as PwC, KPMG and EY. Many pupils have used their personal contacts to build work experience, while the school draws on the Old Shirburnian Society to offer mentoring, careers guidance and support to existing pupils.


Despite Sherborne School’s inception more than 460 years ago, this community understands that the pursuit of academic excellence should be complemented by a supportive environment to ensure students flourish.

The school’s sixth formers are role models for younger students and are tasked with ensuring their well-being. They work in partnership with teachers to build a school community characterised by empathy, kindness, compassion and mutual regard. Sherborne understands that trips play an important role in the culture of the school. Clubs and societies also present opportunities to carry out visits and tours to enrich students’ experiences.

Meanwhile, the school’s new Assistant Head of Sixth Form is organising a revamped socials programme for Sixth Formers. This is just an example of the partnership the school holds with nearby girls-only school Sherborne Girls.

Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls are the only two schools in the country to have the unique ‘Separate yet together’ offer of single-sex education with co-educational opportunities between the two schools.

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It’s clear that Sherborne School’s approach serves as a stepping-stone towards students’ future success. It boasts notable alumni, which include Coldplay’s Chris Martin, actor Hugh Bonneville and mathematician Alan Turing.

For those interested in finding out more about the school, Sherborne is holding a Sixth Form Morning on October 12.

The session will include talks from key members of staff, opportunities to meet current Sixth Form pupils and hear from the school’s Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Mr Rob Marston, helping attendees gain an insight into Sixth Form life and the real community that exists within the school.

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Sherborne School

Prospective students and parents can also enjoy tours of the school and Boarding House to experience the full-boarding environment. There will also be opportunities to speak with the school’s Headmaster, Housemasters and senior staff and have all your queries answered, including on scholarships and bursaries, and its unique partnership with Sherborne Girls’ School.

The School’s Headmaster, Dr Dominic Luckett and the Director of Admissions, Mrs Vanessa Hicks will be in Hong Kong from October 17th and will be available to meet with prospective parents at this time.

They will also be attending the Academic Asia Exhibition being held during the weekend of the 19th/20th October.

Sherborne School will be hosting an evening drinks reception at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong on the 17th of October for current and past parents, alumni and prospective parents. The drinks reception is offered in partnership with Sherborne Girls and attendance should be booked in advance by contacting

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