Boarding will give your child the chance to grow in confidence and independence and develop friendships and personal skills within a safe, nurturing environment.

At Sherborne Prep we offer a range of full, weekly, flexi and occasional boarding which gives a wide range of different choices to create the best option for you and your child, allowing them to get the most out of a private education.

Boarding at The Prep is great fun! We have two boarding houses, Acreman for the boys and Netherton for the girls. The House parents ensure boarding is enjoyable and there is a real family feel to both houses. All staff ensure that boarders are happy, confident and proud of being a boarder. We want their experience of boarding to be safe and enjoyable. Although we are situated in the Dorset town of Sherborne, the school has a taste of the countryside, with its twelve acres of grounds, and the boarders are encouraged to enjoy the grounds to the full, climbing trees, playing games, and revelling in conker battles!

Happy children do well at school and all the staff throughout the School are ready to help if there is an occasional wobble and things don't go quite as intended. There are lots of people to talk to, ready with advice and support to help.

Healthy eating is important and the school kitchens prepare and provide excellent food for breakfast, lunch and supper as well as appropriate choices. All our food is prepared on site and local suppliers are used where possible. Staff keep a watchful eye to encourage children to eat a balanced diet.

Evenings & Weekends


After prep the boarding family has supper together at 6.15pm. Afterwards the boarders have the opportunity to take part in various supervised games and activities including outdoor sports, board games and jewellery making. As a weekend treat, toast and hot chocolate are enjoyed before bedtime. Lights out are at 8.30pm for Years 3 & 4, 8.50pm for Years 5 & 6 and 9pm for Years 7 & 8.


Saturday morning starts for the whole School with a choice of a large variety of activities followed by lunch and matches for those in teams. Boarders not involved in matches go out for a walk, play in the grounds, and sometimes escorted into town to buy tuck or visit the toy shop.

On Sundays boarders can stay in bed longer than normal and enjoy a relaxed breakfast.The children enjoy a range of activities, Sunday lunch and then a visit to somewhere exciting. Recent visits have included a trip to a local adventure centre to build rafts, Cheddar Gorge Caves, paintballing, ten-pin bowling, kayaking, Moors Valley Country Park, mystery trails, dry slope skiing, Splashdown, Monkeyworld, archery and fossil hunting at Lyme Regis. Some activities take place in the school grounds such as outdoor pursuits and pottery painting.

This term's Sunday Activities

Exeat weekends usually take place twice a term and this means that school finishes at 4.30pm on a Friday and is closed until 6.30pm on Sunday. Boarders will need to spend these exeat weekends with their parents, grandparents, friends or guardians.

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