Sherborne School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Boys
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 559 (Boys) 0 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1550

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Dr Dominic Luckett

Sherborne School
Abbey Road

[t]: 01935 810403

Location Description

Sherborne School is situated in the thriving market town of Sherborne, Dorset, with its beautiful Abbey and surrounding glorious countryside. It is within walking distance of the mainline train station between Exeter and London Waterloo and is approximately two hours and twenty minutes from London by road or rail. High-speed trains from Paris and Brussels to London, and international flights from New York to Bristol, provide easy global connections. Other nearby airports include Southampton, Bournemouth and Exeter.

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School News

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A new Housemistress has been appointed at Sherborne School and she’s looking forward to forming its culture. Alex Pearson shares her vision for the years

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Alex Pearson is used to making an impact. Recently appointed as Housemistress of The Green, she has a track record of shaping educational cultures, with a particular interest in pastoral care.

A Historian by specialism, with a first-class honours degree from Manchester University, Alex was promoted early in her teaching career to become a Senior Year Head at a leading boys’ school in Barnet, North London.

After this, she moved to be Pastoral Leader of a Free School, gaining a distinction in an MA in Leadership in Education along the way. Her research for this qualification focused on the effectiveness of tutoring in pastoral care. She has already brought that expertise to bear in her role as a Tutor in The Green since September 2018.

Now, she is ready to step up to the role of Housemistress, with a start date of September 2020. She says she will draw on all her knowledge to enshrine the House’s ethos and contribute to the formation of its boys.

“It helps that I’m already a part of the community within The Green,” Alex says. “I like to think I have a good rapport with the boys and my colleagues in the staff team, as well as an understanding of the atmosphere in the House and the good work that’s already being done there.”

Alex appreciates the close-knit team of colleagues with whom she works: a team she will be leading next year. “We share a commitment to the wellbeing of pupils,” she says, “We’re keen to work together to ensure The Green remains a place of intellectual vibrancy, strong relationships, kindness and exemplary pastoral support. As a House, we have always prized all-round success, and I hope this continues.”

One thing that Alex thinks will be important is the dynamic of being a female teacher overseeing the House. “I think this is good preparation for the boys, who will have to form meaningful relationships with women in the workplace, including those in authority,” she says. “I hope we can model good relationships to help prepare them for such a future.”

Naturally, Alex wants to build on The Green’s culture of care and mutuality. It is one of the things that attracted her to the role. “I regard the ‘uncle’ system of sixth formers looking out for third formers very highly,” she remarks. “I’d like to build on this by establishing closer links between the third and fourth forms, so that newcomers to the School have peers in the year above them to ask for advice as they settle in.”

Alex is keen to see residents of The Green modelling positive behaviour in every aspect of their lives. “It’s important that our boys have a sense of the needs of the world around them. I’ll be encouraging charitable activities and engagement with the local community. I want them to develop a global conscience and a desire to make a positive impact on the world beyond School.”

Such a mindset has undoubtedly been formed by Alex’s previous experience in education. “I think I bring a bit of edge as a result of my varied background,” she says. “That’s been manifested in my teaching since joining the School in 2017, and in my approach to tutoring.”

Now, Alex’s robust intellectual acuity allied to a deep pastoral concern for the wellbeing of pupils and her deep and broad experience in education will enliven the culture of The Green. As she concludes: “I am keen to further The Green’s wonderful ethos as a place of warmth, compassion, kindness and commitment. It’s an exciting moment in my career, with a big role that I’m delighted to be taking on.”

The Green is one of Sherborne’s eight boarding Houses with a ninth, Westcott House, opening in 2021.

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Sherborne independent day and boarding school Dorset

Huge congratulations to our Headmaster Dr Dominic Luckett for being awarded the impressive accolade of ‘Best Head of a Public School’ 2020

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at the Tatler Awards ceremony which took place in London. Tatler Schools hosted a fantastic evening and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Following on from an excellent set of A levels, we are delighted that Sherborne’s talented and dedicated Fifth Form boys have followed suit and been

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rewarded with an excellent set of GCSE results.

With the phased introduction of reformed GCSEs, this is the second and final year with a mixture of numeric and alphabetic grades and it is clear that our boys have risen magnificently to the academic challenges presented by the new assessments.   Over a third of their exams were awarded the top grades of A* or the equivalent grades 9 and 8.  Just under 60% were graded at A* to A or 9 to 7 and over 95% were graded A* to C or 9 to 4.

Particularly impressive was the number of grade 9s awarded.  This new top grade is equivalent to the upper end of the old A* grade band and was awarded to only 4.3% of GCSEs nationally.  Among Sherborne’s reformed GCSE results, the grade 9 percentage is a superb 13.8%.  It is particularly noteworthy that in Mathematics a whopping 26.8% of our boys received a grade 9 (compared to just 3.6% nationally).

More than a fifth of Sherborne’s boys achieved top grades (A*/A and 9, 8 and 7s) in all their GCSEs.  Among the most remarkable achievements was that of Ben Fuller (f) who gained six A*s and seven grade 9s.  Others who performed exceptionally well include Will Gower (a) with six A*s, three 9s, and two 8s; Harry Harvey (b) with eight A*s, two 9s, three 8s and one 7; George Jefferson (e) with six A*s, three 9s, one 8, and two 7s; Christian Johnson (d) with six A*s, two 9s, and two 8s; Aaron Kim (b) with 6 A*s, three 9s, one 7, and one 5; Ollie Lampert (g) with five A*s, four 9s, one 7, and one 6; Alex Mewett (a) with seven A*s, three 9s, and one 8; Oliver Noble (m) with five A*s, three As, three 9s, one 8 and one 6; Jasper Pring (g) with six A*s, four 9s and two 7s; Sam Reynolds (c) with four A*s, one A, four 9s and two 8s; and Ignacio Rivero-Anglada (a) with six A*s, one A three 8s, and two 7s.   Many other boys also did superbly well, securing excellent grades in addition to excelling throughout the year in sport, music, art, drama and myriad other activities

Headmaster Dr Dominic Luckett commented ‘I am so pleased for these fabulous young men whose talent and dedication have helped them achieve such outstanding results.   That they have done so well is a reflection of their levels of academic commitment and consistent industry.  It is also a product of the wonderful encouragement and support that they received from their teachers and other staff.  I am tremendously proud of the boys and grateful to all those who have helped to inspire, guide and nurture them’.

This year’s Upper Sixth leavers have secured another impressive crop of A level results with 43% graded A* and A and 74% A*, A or

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22 boys secured straight A* and As and among the top performers were Douglas Hickling and Archie Macintosh, each with 3A*s and an A; George Clifford and Peter Folkes with 3A*s; Lazar Lukic, Simon Rose and Felix Storer who each achieved 2A*s and 2As; and Nicholas Burt, Toby Grammaticus, Sam MacDonald and Harry Vincent, each with 2A*s and an A.

Armed with these superb grades, our 2018 leavers are now preparing to embark upon a wide range of courses at top universities in the UK and abroad, including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Nottingham, Leeds, Imperial, Warwick, KCL, Bath, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Bristol, Exeter, Loughborough and Southampton.

‘I am hugely proud of this year group and the results they have secured’, comments Headmaster Dr Dominic Luckett. `I am equally impressed by the way in which the boys combined an extraordinary range of musical, creative and sporting achievements with academic performance at the highest level – this is a real testament to their tremendous levels of talent and commitment.  I wish all of them every happiness and success.’

Assistant Head (Sixth Form), Tom Rimmer, agrees: ‘The dedication, focus and hard work of these boys is remarkable. Beyond these headlines are a huge number of other individual accomplishments, boys who have all worked incredibly hard and deserve their academic success. We wish all of our leavers the very best, as they head off to their new adventures, and have no doubt that they will go on to have extraordinary successes.’

Sherborne independent boys boarding school Dorset

The whole School fell silent as we honoured those who gave so much in the two World Wars and later conflicts. As is custom we

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held our own Act of Remembrance in the Courts where all boys and staff joined together with a due sense of importance.

On Sunday, Reverend Nicholas Mercer, led a moving service in the Chapel and this was followed by Sherborne’s Remembrance Sunday Parade. Tom Ackerman Ferreira (U6d), Head of CCF, had the privilege of acting as standard-bearer as he led the parade down Cheap Street to the Abbey.

In the Oliver Holt gallery there was the opportunity to decorate a wall with poppies. Boys were encouraged to sign the name of a loved one, or write a message next to their poppy design.

Despite being on a trip for the weekend a small group of boys also found a way to pay their respects by planting crosses at a Remembrance in the Mountains service.

Sherborne School can say, with all sincerity, that ‘we will remember them.’

We are delighted to congratulate this year’s Upper Sixth, who have achieved the School’s best ever A level results, including 16% graded A*, 52% A*

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to A, and 78% at A* to B. More than a quarter of the year group secured straight A* and A grades, with 28% of the boys achieving this distinction, another School record.

Among the many highly impressive individual performances were the three A*s achieved by Noah Chillingworth (m) and Harry Reynolds (e); the three A*s and one A obtained by Max Vinycomb (f); and the sweep of four straight A*s awarded to Oliver Rose (f).
Special congratulations are also due to Chris Bocz (f), Charles Howard (c), Edward Pyman (e), Oliver Rose (f) and Archie Wing (e), each of whom gained the grades needed to confirm their Oxbridge offers. Others, meanwhile, are preparing to head off to other leading universities including Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, LSE and Imperial College.

The Headmaster, Dr Dominic Luckett, expressed his delight, commenting:
‘These exceptional results reflect the talent, commitment and dedication of the boys and those who taught them. The boys’ success is the result of sustained hard work and a real appetite for intellectual challenge and achievement. The results are all the more impressive in view of the extraordinary range of sporting, artistic and other successes achieved by this tremendously talented group of boys. I am very proud of every single one of them and they deserve our warmest congratulations and best wishes for the future as they embark on their university careers.’

On Thursday 8th November seven students from Sherborne School visited the Supreme Court in London. The students were part of the Law enrichment class which

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is now being provided for the Lower Sixth as well as two members of the Amnesty International Group.

On arrival, the students were given a tour of the Supreme Court before sitting in on proceedings in Court 3 to watch the case of Belhaj v Straw and others UKSC 2014/0264. They were privileged to hear a legal exchange between Lord Neuberger and James Eadie QC as well as counsel for the UN Rapporteur on torture.

During the lunch break, Martin Chamberlain QC and Emily Hindle for Redress kindly answered questions from the students about the case.

By Reverend Nicholas Mercer
Assistant Chaplain

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