Life in Abbeylands

The ethos of Abbeylands is very much focused on family values and building character in boys. We encourage boys to be ambitious, and recognise that every one of them is unique, with his own talents and interests. Our task is to encourage those interests, so they bloom during a boy’s time at Sherborne.

We also encourage our boys to develop habits of mind such as perseverance, independence and resilience that prepare them for life beyond school.

Abbeylands prides itself on being a warm and friendly environment, a short walk from the centre of the school, that provides a home from home to boys during term time. It is unusual at Sherborne to have a married couple jointly running a House, but this partnership works well and the boys benefit from it. The boys affectionately refer to their boarding house as ‘Happylands’ – a term of endearment that says it all!

About the Housemasters

Housemasters: Steven and Victoria Clayton

Steven Clayton was previously Head of PE at Sherborne and now teaches Sports Psychology. He is a keen sportsman and has in recent years developed a passion for classical music and the arts.

Steven has worked at Sherborne for 25 years and his wealth of experience and knowledge of the school is invaluable. Tradition is very important to Steven and while both he and Victoria are extremely forward thinking they enjoy taking the best of what has been, and combine it with fresh approaches to house-parenting.

Victoria is the school’s Head of Learning Development and is at the centre of an ambitious initiative to help boys become better learners. She also teaches Drama and ICT and in her spare time enjoys cooking, painting and walking.

Steven and Victoria have two children both of whom have left school. Josh left Sherborne in 2012 and following a gap year to South America is now reading Spanish and Russian at Leeds University, while their daughter Rebekah is at Cambridge studying English and Drama.

Housemaster Elect: Rhidian McGuire

From September 2019

Mr McGuire studied Sport and Social Sciences at Bath University, where he was awarded a first class honours degree. He then went on to take an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge where he was awarded a Rugby Blue, playing in the Varsity match at Twickenham in 2008. He was also a Wales under-18 Rugby International. After leaving Cambridge, he moved into teaching and became Head of Rugby and a teacher of Physical Education at Prior Park College in Bath. Mr McGuire is married to Helen, who holds a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and is currently a teaching fellow on the Pharmacy degree at Bath University. They have a seven month old son, Osian.

Matron: Mrs S Burden
Assistant Matrons: Mrs R Hiscock
Senior Tutor
: Mr J Crawford 
Resident Tutor
: Mr M G Pardoe



Abbeylands raise the roof in the Powell Theatre...

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Abbeylands invited to reception at House of Lords to celebrate charity’s achievement...

A rousing whole-house performance of Do you hear the people sing showed Abbeylands’ singing to be in rude health...

A good, old-fashioned house play; there were boys dressed up as women and jokes aplenty...
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Abbeylands presented an incredible variety of music...

Abbeylands presented the one-act Black Comedy as there House Play...
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