"I believe that Sherborne is not just a good school, but a great school. It offers so much, both to the very talented and to the less talented but hard-working and decent boy. It stands firm in the defence of many values which other schools have shied away from protecting and is a genuine community wherein people care for each other. It ought to be open to a wider cross-section of boys than it currently is."
Richard Hodder-Williams, Chairman of Governors
As you can see from the above extract, Sherborne is committed to widening access through the provision of bursaries for boys whose families would not otherwise be able to afford the fees. (Click here to see the full article in the School's magazine, Vivat, 2009/10).
Having already funded six boys through the School, Sherborne Foundation's work has already formed a very important part of this endeavour, but we are now looking to expand the programme to provide substantial aid for many more boys. We hope that many Old Shirburnians, parents and friends of the School will help us to achieve our goals.
Click here to make a donation towards Bursaries at Sherborne
The planned bursary places will be means-tested, with up to 100% fee remission, and since Sherborne is not planning to reduce its spending on traditional scholarships, we need all the more to increase the available funds for talented boys who would not otherwise be able to come to Sherborne.
The story so far - previous bursary recipients:
David Kirk (a, 2000-5 - pictured left) “Being at Sherborne made a huge difference to my life. I benefitted from taking part in a wide range of activities as well as receiving a great academic education. I also did my best to, and hope to continue to, contribute back to Sherborne in the process. I hope that more boys will benefit from bursaries, as I did, in the future.”
Oliver Cooper (g, 2002-7 - pictured right) “I discovered my niche of technical theatre through productions at Sherborne. The opportunities I had at School meant that alongside forming lifelong friendships and learning from some excellent teachers, I was able to pursue the things that I felt passionately about. For me, these experiences and my career simply would not have been possible without a bursary."
Mr and Mrs Ferris (parents of Adam Ferris – d, 2003-8 - pictured left) “Adam thoroughly enjoyed his years at Sherborne. Harper House was a great family unit and a home from home for Adam. We are proud of his achievements and how he has matured into a confident and capable young man.”
If you would like to help more boys like David, Oliver and Adam benefit from a Sherborne education, please click here.
Alternatively, please telephone Adrian Ballard, Head of the Sherborne Foundation, on 01935 810554 or email
for further information.