School House is the oldest and most central in the School, being located in The Courts. The original Old School Room (1606) is just one of the many communal rooms in the House.
We create a House environment in which the boys feel empowered to nurture their skills and engage in the opportunities on offer during their time at Sherborne. We endeavour to cultivate curiosity, and a motivation to succeed in the face of challenges, so that every boy is equipped with essential life skills that will carry him forward into the future.
‘School House is what you are’ is our motto, signifying how each boy in the House can contribute to our common life with energy, creativity and passion. The way that boys take charge of their lives and pursue their goals gives School House its lifeblood and reputation.
While a strong corporate spirit inspires a sense of belonging, individuality is also valued. So whatever the views, preferences and habits of a boy, we always support and encourage the expression of unique personalities that enrich our community.
Housemaster: Kester G. Jackson
Kester Jackson took over School House in 2010, having previously been Tutor in Harper House and Senior Tutor at Abbey House. He is a member of the Theology Department and teaches Religious Studies and Philosophy.
As well as leading PSHE classes, Kester has co-ordinated ‘Focus’ – a cross-curricular, independent learning experience for all Third Form boys. He has sung in the Chapel Choir and has been in charge of several School football teams. His interests include a mix of sport, music and drama. He manages and coaches the First VI tennis team during the Trinity term and enjoys directing the House play, with an emphasis on involving as many boys as possible.
Kester’s wife, Clare, is currently the School’s Head of Woodwind, and enjoys teaching within the Music Department. She also tutors in School House, and regularly makes bountiful supplies of cupcakes and brownies for the boys. Kester and Clare have two daughters - Ella and Mya.
Housekeeper: Patricia Cant
House Matrons: Patricia Willmshurst & Lisette Ellis
Assistant Matrons: Melanie Tobin & Lisa Breddy
Senior Tutor: Jim Donnelly (Theatre)
Resident Tutor: Erika Bailon (Modern Foreign Languages)