Sherborne Prep welcome applications from all over the world, celebrating a diverse community of mutual learning and growth and ensuring appropriate balance in our pupil population.

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Our boarding community is made up of Full, Weekly and Flexi Boarders. We have a number of Full Boarders and they are kept busy at weekends with a mixture of activities.  After our Saturday Activity Programme, children have the opportunity to play in sports matches in the afternoons or take a trip into Sherborne town. We often hold movie nights or social events, and Sunday mornings are a chance for a well-deserved lie-in prior to an activity or outing. Sunday evenings are quiet, with an early night so that pupils have plenty of energy for the week ahead.


Our Matron is the boarding travel co-ordinator and will contact parents by email prior to each exeat, half term and end of term to confirm arrangements for travel. 

The train station in Sherborne is just a short walk from Sherborne Prep and has a direct train to London Waterloo and Exeter St David's. It is approximately two hours and twenty minutes to London by road or rail.

Entry Process

We ask you to register your formal interest by completing a Registration Form and paying our Registration Fee. We would request a recent school report or reference.

If English is not a child's first language, we will arrange for an online meeting with a senior member of our academic staff to find out more about your child and their levels of English.

Following this online meeting we may request that a hand-written English assessment be taken alongside an online CAT 4 cognitive test.  

If possible, your child will be invited to join us for a Taster Day/Boarding Taster. A Taster Day is an ideal opportunity to experience the school, lessons and co-curricular activities for themselves, and allow them to start feeling more comfortable in our surroundings

Offer and Acceptance of a Place

If your application to the School is successful, an Offer Letter is sent to you with an Acceptance Form.

Places are confirmed once a completed Acceptance Form has been received and, for children in Year 3 and above, payment of the deposits as detailed in the Offer Letter has been made. 

Child Student Visas

If a child does not hold a British or Irish passport, they may require a Child Student visa to study in the UK.  For further information on Child Student Visas, please refer to the full guidance on