Sherborne at Work Day
This day is an opportunity for boys to experience life in school with their peers. Various academic and co-curricular activities take place intended to be fun and informal. A separate timetable is run for parents which will give them an opportunity to meet with the Headmaster and senior members of staff, including Housemasters.
All boys registered for Third Form (Year 9 entry) are tested in January of Year 7 at one of our Assessment Days. The boys sit online tests and will complete a piece of creative writing. They will also have an interview with a senior member of our academic staff and undertake a group task. We will look at a boy's performance in each of these areas, along with a confidential reference from the boy's current school. Following the Assessment Days the Headmaster will then make his offers of places for entry in September of Year 9.
Discovery Day is a house-based event and is an opportunity for boys and parents to meet other families of the same house. Lasting friendship often germinate through the House, not only for boys but also for parents. A separate programme is run for both boys and parents ensuring that all your questions are answered.
New Boys' Welcome Lunch
Boys are invited into their new House for lunch with their Housemaster and year group. It is an opportunity to meet with their new matron and house tutors. We hope that this gives boys a reassurance and excitement at the prospect of joining us at Sherborne in September.
Guidelines for Third Form entry
Sherborne School is a moderately selective school and all boys wishing to gain entry must sit our entrance assessment, following registration with us.
Boys are tested in January of Year 7 at one of our Assessment Days. The boys sit online tests and will complete a piece of creative writing. They will also have an interview with a senior member of our academic staff and undertake a group task.
The link below will take you to examples of the type of questions the boys will undertake in the online tests. Please scroll to the bottom of the linked page where you will find example tests for 11+ Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning. Answers can be found in the Parent's Guide booklet.
Guidelines for entry
Sherborne School is a moderately selective school and all boys wishing to gain entry must sit our entrance assessment, following registration with us. All offers to UK boys will be conditional and will be confirmed once we are in receipt of your sons GCSE results.
Assessment Day / Scholarship Day - Thursday 29 November 2018
Results to parents – conditional offers made - beginning of December 2018
House allocation confirmed - End of Lent Term 2019
GCSE results announced - August 2019 places are confirmed by Admissions once we have your son’s results and provided that he has reached the grade condition of entry.
We are always happy to consider high achieving boys for entry into Sherborne in Year 9 and Sixth Form and occasionally into Year 10. A reasonable level of fluency in English is required in order for boys to be able to access the curriculum.
If a boy’s English is not at the required standard for entry, we would strongly recommend a period of study at Sherborne International School, who specialise in preparing international students to join mainstream, British boarding schools.
Entry to the School
Those applying from outside the United Kingdom can apply via an educational agency or directly. A full report can be sent to the School in advance before registering and this will be considered by the Director of Admissions.
Boys where English is not their first language may be assessed in the following ways:
1. UKISET – UKiset is an online test designed for international pupils measuring ability in three key areas: Vocabulary, Maths and Non Verbal Reasoning. Boys for whom English is not their first language are encouraged to complete UKiset as part of their application in the first instance.
For more details: UKISET
2. Online cognitive tests plus EAL papers. These can be sat at either a British Council, approved agents office or at the boys current school.
In either of these cases, boys may be required to complete a written EAL (English as an Additional Language) paper.
If a boy does not hold a UK or EEA passport, he will require a Tier 4 (Child) visa in order to study at Sherborne School. The document below will explain the process of applying for your visa and the documents that you will need to send to the School in advance of the 'Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies' (CAS) being provided.
Visas can be applied for up to three months before the commencement of your son's course.
Full details of visa and entry requirements to the UK can be found at the UKVI website.
All boys whose parents do not reside in the UK will be required to have a guardian. The School does not organise guardians, but a full list of accredited guardianship organisations can be found on the AEGIS website (The Association for the Education & Guardianship of International Students)
Please refer to our Guardianship Policy for further information.