About Us

Sherborne International School educates girls and boys aged 8-17 from all over the world, preparing them for the best possible British education. A small school of 150 pupils, we have successfully placed thousands of former students at the UK’s elite boarding schools.

Founded by Sherborne School in 1977, Sherborne International was the UK’s first international study centre. Sherborne School is one of the country’s most distinguished schools and we have built on their secure foundation, now providing a world-renowned education for international students.

With our in-depth understanding of international students’ needs and very small class sizes (5-8 students), we provide a high quality, personalised learning experience, covering academic, linguistic and cultural education.

Students on our school term courses typically stay here for between one term and three years. Our short courses, including intensive spring revision courses and summer courses last 2-8 weeks.

Sherborne is a historic and safe town, in the beautiful countryside of South-West England.

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Contact Us

Contact our staff with any queries by phone, email or post and view our location on a map.


  • Please call our main office on +44 (0)1935 814 743 (Monday to Friday 8am-5pm & Saturday 8-11am GMT)
  • Outside these hours please call +44 (0)1935 810 723 (until 9.45pm) and after that please call our emergency number +44 (0)1935 810 716

General enquiry form



Sherborne International
Newell Grange
Dorset DT9 4EZ

Visitor parking is available.

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Further information

  • The Chair of the Sherborne International Governors is:
    • Mr Roger Fidgen
    • Abbey Road
    • Sherborne
    • Dorset, DT9 3LF
    • Telephone: +44 (0)1935 810 501
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Job Vacancies

Current job vacancies at Sherborne International. View details about all our existing jobs in Sherborne and how to apply.

We are committed to upholding the safety and welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for all jobs must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced criminal record check via the Disclosure & Barring Service.

If you have any queries or require further information, please contact HR on 01935 810502 or email hr@sherborne.org.

There are no current job vacancies at Sherborne International


How to apply

Before making an application for a vacancy you are advised to read our Application and Recruitment Notes and Safeguarding and child protection policy.

To apply for any of the above jobs in Sherborne, please email your completed application form and covering letter to hr@sherborne.org.

Or you can post your application to:

Mrs Samantha Belgeonne,
Recruitment Manager
The Bursary
Sherborne School
Abbey Road
Dorset DT9 3L



If you have any queries or require further information, please contact HR on 01935 810 502 or email hr@sherborne.org.

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Sherborne International alumni often go on to study at some of the best English boarding schools and universities, before embarking on rewarding careers around the world.

Our alumni have become lawyers, doctors, surgeons, dentists, CEOs, international leaders, academics, scientists, accountants and economists, to name just a few careers.

Sherborne International Alumni Association (SIAA) organises reunions and events all over the world to help alumni keep in touch with each other and engages with alumni through regular SIAA newsletters and on social media.

If you haven’t yet done so, sign-up to receive our emails and join us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter to receive regular updates and join the discussion. Email alumni@sherborne-international.org or complete the Contact Form. We also love to hear your news about your families (we love a wedding!), your careers and other alumni you’ve met, so please don’t forget to tell us how you are getting on.

Reunions are a great way to meet fellow students you haven’t seen for some time or have lost touch with. They are also an opportunity to network with alumni from many different professions and industries.


Gus Amadi is the first SIAA President. He is a class of 1984 alumnus and now lives and works in London. Gus is very keen to have a thriving alumni society for Sherborne International and has always been an enthusiastic reunion attendee. Learn more about Gus.




I’m the SIAA administrator, Julia Gadd.  I’m your first point of contact for all SIAA matters. Please let me know what you think of the pages and any ideas you have for improving them or helping you to keep in contact with other Sherborne International alumni. I’m keen to hear all your news, with photos as well if you can. You can email me at julia.gadd@sherborne.org.

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Future Boarding Schools

After students have completed their studies and exams at Sherborne International, the vast majority wish to stay in the UK to further their education at one of the many excellent boarding schools.

With our experience and expertise, we give personalised advice to our international students to help them gain a place at the best possible future boarding school to match their skills and aspirations. Students completing our courses in 2018 secured places at some of the UK’s top boarding schools.

We have close links and personal contacts at many boarding schools. We talk extensively to the schools our students are applying to, write detailed references for each student and administer other schools’ tests here, in surroundings familiar to the students. This avoids the need to miss lessons and travel unnecessarily.

When a school visit is necessary for testing or interviews, we can arrange transport by taxi. All our drivers are Enhanced DBS-checked and very experienced at making students, especially younger ones, feel at ease and happy.

In recent years some of our students have gone on to study at many of the best UK boarding schools including:


Partner Schools

We have a number of UKVI (UK Visa & Immigration) teaching partnership agreements with British boarding schools.

These partnerships enable students to attend pre-sessional courses at Sherborne International before moving onto one of our partner schools for their main course of study under one single Tier 4 child visa application.

The benefit of a pre-sessional course is that it allows students to arrive at their main school with an enriched and greater understanding of English and to be culturally prepared to adapt to life in a British boarding school.

Our teaching partnerships include:

Life after boarding school

After completing their boarding school education, many of our alumni attend university before going onto achieve prosperous and rewarding careers in many different sectors and countries around the world.

Read our blog post about the best UK boarding schools for international students.

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School Inspections

We have regular school inspections by external review bodies, including the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and British Council to assess if Sherborne International achieves the high standards it sets itself. In the last ISI school inspection we were rated excellent in all nine categories.

ISI school inspections

ISI school inspections provide an overall judgement on each aspect of our international school’s work and grades them based on the following four categories:
• Excellent
• Good
• Sound
• Unsatisfactory

We were rated ‘Excellent’ in all nine categories at our last inspection in 2016.

Some quotes from the inspectors in each area are included below or you can read the full ISI Inspection Report 2016.

Academic achievement and learning – Excellent

Most students make remarkable progress in English that contributes significantly to their academic success.

Curricular and extra-curricular provision – Excellent

The academic curriculum is complemented by activities and an extra-curricular programme that provide an excellent and wide-ranging learning experience.

Teaching – Excellent

All subject specialist staff are trained or qualified in teaching students with EAL and this, combined with small class sizes, creates an intensive learning experience where students develop their fluency in English in the context of a wider curriculum.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural – Excellent

The School meets its aims well in preparing boarders for further education in other British boarding schools, usually after one year, by helping them to adapt to the linguistic, social and cultural expectations of life in Britain.

Pastoral care – Excellent

Staff in houses know the students in their care well and understand their social and academic needs.

Welfare, health and safety – Excellent

The school takes an extremely rigorous approach to welfare, health and safety, and standards are outstanding.

Quality of Boarding – Excellent

Strong oversight of the boarding provision ensures excellent and consistent support of students and makes a most significant contribution to their academic success, personal development and enjoyment of their experience while in the School.

Governance – Excellent

The governors provide highly effective oversight of the school in line with its aims.

Leadership and management – Excellent

The senior leadership team provides strong direction that is reflected in the students’ significant achievements in their public examination performance, the outstanding care of the students and the successful fulfilment of the School’s aims and ethos.

British Council School Inspection – October 2015

Additional information about our School is available in a special password-protected section for school inspectors.

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School Term Dates

School term dates for the 2018-19 academic year, including arrival and departure dates, half-term dates and exeats.

Academic year 2018-19

Autumn term 2018

New students
Arrival day (all new students)Thursday 30 August (between 9.30am and 5pm)
InductionFriday 31 August to Tuesday 4 September inclusive
(Saturday Academic full day, Sunday Boarding)
Teaching startsWednesday 5 September
Returning students
Arrival day (all returning students)Friday 31 August (before 10pm)
Academic and boarding re-integrationSaturday 1 September
to Sunday 2 September (Y11)
Saturday 1 September to Tuesday 4 September (J, 9, 10)
Teaching startsMonday 3 September (Y11)
Wednesday 5 September (J, 9, 10)
All students
Half-termFriday 19 October (between 2pm and 8pm)
Sunday 28 October (before 10pm) inclusive
Departure dayWednesday 12 December (from 2pm)
Two Saturdays in the term will be ‘Rest Days’ with no teaching (students do not have to leave school).

Spring term 2019

Arrival dayTuesday 8 January – new students (12-5pm)
Tuesday 8 January – returning students (before 10pm)
Half termFriday 15 February (leave between 2pm and 8pm)
Sunday 24 February (arrive before 10pm)
Departure dayThursday 4 April (from 2pm)

Summer term 2019

Arrival dayTuesday 23 April – new students (12-5pm)
Tuesday 23 April – returning students (before 10pm)
Half termFriday 24 May (leave between 2pm and 8pm)
Sunday 2 June (arrive before 10pm)
Speech dayThursday 20 June (Students may leave with their parents if the parents attend Speech Day)
Departure dayFriday 21 June


Exeats are optional weekend periods of absence from the School. Students may remain at the School.

  • Two weekend exeats per term are allowed (except Autumn Term in which three exeats are allowed)
  • All exeats can start from 12:10pm on the Saturday and students must be back by around 8pm on the Sunday
  • Prior permission for all exeats must be obtained from the Senior Housemaster or Housemistress by the Thursday before the planned exeat
  • Permission to go out for an exeat weekend will only be given to students visiting parents, family members or guardians aged 25 years and over

UK Schooling and Exams

Schools in the UK have different term times and study for different exams. Our students take a range of exams, including GCSEs, IGCSEs, IELTs and ESOL, and achieve impressive results.

The UK school year starts in early September and finishes in late June or early July. It is divided into three terms:

  • Term 1 (autumn) – Early September to mid-December (with one week half-term holiday)
  • Term 2 (spring) – Early January to mid-March (with one week half-term holiday)
  • Term 3 (summer) – Mid-April to end June / early July (with one week half-term holiday)

Exams in UK schools

All students on our school term courses study English and are entered for exams according to age and ability.

Most students in UK schools study to take GCSE exams at the age of 16. The IGCSE is the international version of the GCSE.

After GCSEs or IGCSEs, students study for two years for A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB), where three subjects are taken as major subjects and three as minor. British Univertities accept either A-levels or IB qualifications as their entry exams.

The senior leadership team provides strong direction that is reflected in the students’ significant achievements in their public examination performance, the outstanding care of the students and the successful fulfilment of the School’s aims and ethos.
ISI Inspection 2016

Our IGCSE / GCSE exam results (2017)

Our Year 11 students achieved a higher-grade (A*-C / 4+) pass rate of 76.6%. This is much better than the UK average of 66.3% at GCSE, which is a particularly great achievement as our student don’t have English as a first language. Moreover, on our one-year programme, our students compete against others who have had two years to prepare.

Number of entriesA* / 9 A*-A / 9-7% A*-B / 9-6 % A*-C / 9-4
66111.2% 28.9%51%76.6%

Our IELTS exam results (2018)

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an internationally recognised qualification used by schools and universities to measure a student’s language proficiency.

77% of our students achieved band 6 or above (9 = expert-user, 1 = non-user). These are our best results for five years and are an outstanding achievement at this stage for our students.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) exam results 2017/18

Overall summary

 CandidatesTotal Pass% Pass

A2 Key (KET)

Results for the A2 Key level ESOL exam.

 CandidatesDistinctionMeritPassLevel A1FailTotal Pass% Pass
June 20188224008100
March 2018170132201588
November 20178413008100
June 20171122430873

B1 Preliminary (PET)

Results for the B1 Preliminary level ESOL exam.

 CandidatesDistinctionMeritPassLevel A2FailTotal Pass% Pass
June 2018110650011100
March 20187133007100
November 2017132470013100
June 2017282217702175

B2 First

Results for the B2 First level ESOL exam.

 CandidatesABCDELevel B1Total A-C% A-C
June 201711011000011100



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History of the School

Sherborne International School has had an interesting history since it was formed over 40 years ago in 1977. It has moved sites, expanded and changed its name!

Key moments in our history

Building works at Newell Grange

Building works at Newell Grange, April 1991

  • 1991 – The School moved to its present campus at Newell Grange
  • 1992 – The School ran its first summer school course
  • 1995 – The Centre was registered as a separate school with the Department of Education
  • 1996 – The School started to accept girls as well as boys. At first the girls boarded at Sherborne Girls School
  • 1998 – The School changed its name to International College, Sherborne School
  • 1999 – Further teaching facilities were opened and the girls started boarding at Westcott Boarding House
  • 2002 – Grosvenor Boarding House was opened
  • 2011 – Mowat Boarding House was opened
  • 2014 – International College, Sherborne School changed its name to Sherborne International
  • 2016 – Tim Waters became the new Principal of Sherborne International, taking over from Philip Hardaker
  • 2018 – Work begins to redevelop King’s Boarding House
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