School Data

Gender Mixed
Age 3-13
Type Boarding Day School Weekly Boarding
Size 200
Bursaries Available

Sherborne invites talented and enthusiastic children Sherborne Prep invites talented, enthusiastic and committed children to apply for a variety of scholarships annually.

Head Teacher Mrs Natalie Bone BSc (Hons) PGCE

Open Days & Events

After your initial enquiry with us, we encourage you to visit the Prep to get a real sense of our ethos and all we have to offer the children here. We hold a variety of Open Events throughout the year but are delighted to welcome you on an individual visit to the school where you can meet the Head and have a tour of the school. We try to be as flexible as possible regarding dates and times to fit around busy, family lives.

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In line with the School’s Charter and the objectives of the Charity, the governors of Sherborne School are committed to offering eligible parents or guardians means-tested financial assistance with the payment of school fees to enable children to attend the School who would otherwise not be able to do so.  Such support is known as a bursary and may be awarded in the form of a remission of up to 100% of fees.

Bursary awards are made on the basis of an assessment of a family’s financial circumstances, including their savings, investments and realisable assets, as well as their income, the size of their family, any other persons dependent upon them and other relevant factors. Awards are subject to repeat testing of parental financial circumstances each year and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on parental circumstances.

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Contact Details

Sherborne Preparatory School

Acreman Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3NY

Sherborne Preparatory School

Acreman Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3NY

As a school we wholeheartedly believe in children being children, we encourage inquisitiveness and curiosity, and we live our values, especially kindness. Set within 16 acres in the town of Sherborne and between two fine senior schools, we enjoy the best of both town life and the Dorset countryside. We welcome children into the Pre-Prep from 3 to 7 and in the Prep School from 7 to 13.

Head's Welcome

A very warm welcome to Sherborne Prep at what is an exciting time for the School and, of course, for the future of your children.

We are a warm, welcoming and inspiring community of passionate educators committed to doing the very best for every child entrusted to our care. Alongside academic success, we focus on providing a magical childhood experience and the positive development of character and values.  Our Sherborne Prep Dragon Values are a perfect guide and springboard that enable our children to become kind, thoughtful, solution-focussed, courageous and intuitive young people well prepared to embrace their future – whatever that may be.

Sherborne Prep has a well-deserved reputation for the nurture and care provided by a superb body of staff capable of the stimulation and inspiration that children need and deserve. The recent merger with Sherborne School also provides exciting opportunities to expand still further the breadth of each child’s experience through academic enrichment, the arts, sport, co-curricular activities, innovation and collaboration.

Children today are curious and creative.  They seek authenticity and thrive upon connection and discovery. Faced with a vast array of options competing for their attention, we help them discover the excitement and fulfilment of learning, allowing them to forge positive connections and build memories that they will cherish throughout their lives.

We at Sherborne Prep are primed to make children ready for their future and would relish the opportunity to share in your exciting journey through school and beyond.


Founded in 1858, the school moved to its present location, just off a quiet Sherborne side street, in 1885 and went co-ed in the 1970s. The school sits close to Sherborne Abbey, it is five minutes’ walk from the centre of town but has 12 acres of grounds (including five acres of sports fields) for children to play in. The Sherborne Schools have a close relationship and Sherborne Prep uses sports facilities at Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls for both curriculum games and sports fixtures.

Sherborne Prep lies in the beautiful Dorset countryside and merged in 2021 with Sherborne School. Sherborne has a direct train to and from Waterloo (two hours) and with nearby airports of Bristol, Exeter and Southampton it is well-positioned and many pupils go on to the wealth of strong independent senior schools in Dorset and across the UK.

The Pre-Prep and nursery are housed in a separate building on the main site.

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