Sherborne School welcomes applicants from overseas. The School is a seven day a week, full-boarding School with 93% of boys boarding. 

The boys have a busy weekend, with a comprehensive programme of activities, including sport and social events, often organised with neighbouring school, Sherborne Girls.


The first step in the admissions process is registration. Boys for whom English is not their first language will be invited to send copies of their latest school reports for consideration before registration. 

Entry Process

Boys for whom English is their first language, will follow the normal School entry testing procedure.  Please see our Admissions Process for more details. 

If English is not a boy’s first language, we encourage the UKiset online testing, which can be organised through an approved educational agency and taken at an approved UKiset Test Centre in the boy’s own country.

CAT 4 online cognitive tests are also considered which include Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, plus an EAL (English as Additional Language) paper, which can be sat at a British Council, an approved educational agent’s office or at a boy’s current school.

The Admissions Department are happy to advise on the testing required, depending on the Year group at entry.

Offer and Acceptance of a Place

Once an offer of a place has been made for Sherborne School a deposit is requested which is a full term’s fees for overseas families.  Payment of the deposit and completion of the Acceptance documentation will then guarantee the place.  A New Boys’ pack will be sent out in the Spring Term prior to arrival with all the information needed to start at the School.

Child Student Visas

If a boy does not hold a British or Irish passport, he may require a Child Student visa to study in the UK.

Visas can be applied for up to six months in advance of enrolling at Sherborne.  Full details of visa requirements are available on the UKVI website


Boys whose parents do not reside in the UK will require a guardian to act on their behalf whilst they are studying at Sherborne School.  Whilst the School cannot recommend a particular guardian, a full list of accredited guardianship organisation is available from  Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS)

Sherborne School’s full Guardianship Policy is available here (Pastoral Policies).


Boarding at Sherborne - a Pupil Perspective


Sherborne School & Sherborne Girls - Overseas Visits:

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Please contact the Admissions team if you would like further information on any of our overseas trips listed below. We would be delighted to hear from you. 


Bermuda (15 & 16 September)       

Our International Registrar, Joanna Jackson alongside Director of Admissions, Karen Williams from Sherborne Girls will be attending the Beach Education UK Boarding Schools Fair at The Royal Palms on Friday 15 September from 3.30pm until 7.00pm and Saturday 16 September from 2.00pm until 5.30pm.

A joint Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls drinks reception is being hosted on Saturday 16 September – please contact [email protected] if you wish to attend.  


Shanghai (23 September)              

Sherborne School will be a guest of Connexcel for their UK Boarding Schools Forum and Seminar in Shanghai on Saturday 23 September.


Japan (21 October)                    

Our International Registrar, Joanna Jackson, alongside Head of Sherborne Girls, Dr Ruth Sullivan, will be attending the Watanabe UK Boarding Schools seminar in Tokyo. 


Cayman Islands (15 & 16 November)   

Our Director of Admissions, Anne Megdiche, will be representing both Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls at the Beach Education UK Boarding Schools Fair at the Marriott Hotel, Grand Cayman, on Wednesday 15 November from 3.30pm – 7.00pm, and on Thursday 16 November, from 3.30pm until 6.00pm.

Whilst in Grand Cayman, Anne will also be hosting a drinks reception on 16 November from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Please contact [email protected] if you wish to attend.


Bahamas (18 November)          

Our Director of Admissions, Anne Megdiche, will be attending the Beach Education UK Boarding Schools Fair at Margaritaville Hotel on Saturday 18 November from 4.00pm until 7.00pm.  Anne will be representing both Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls at this event. 


Dubai (21-24 February)     

Our Headmaster, Dominic Luckett and Director of Admissions, Anne Megdiche together with the Head of Sherborne Girls, Dr Ruth Sullivan, and Director of Marketing and Development, Katherine Massey, will be hosting a series of events whilst in Dubai, including a Sherborne School v Desert Palms Polo Match on Friday 23 February. 

If you would like to find out more about the events, please contact [email protected]