Scholarships & Bursaries
Sherborne offers Sports, Music, Art, DT, Drama as well as Academic Scholarships at 13+ entry. At 16+, we offer Academic Scholarships, Music and Sports awards Scholarships take place in Year 8.
At 13+ entry we use the Common Academic Scholarship Examination (CASE) papers alongside our own assessment papers. Questions are based on the Common Entrance syllabus. Our assessments take place over three days in the February of Year 8 and will include an academic interview with a senior member of staff..
Scholarships may be worth up to 10% of termly fees, excluding extras. A number of closed awards, with accompanying financial benefits are also available to boys being assessed for awards.
In line with the School’s charter and the objectives of the Charity, Sherborne is committed to widening access through offering eligible families bursaries up to a 100% discount of fees. They are means tested and are made on the basis of an assessment of a family’s financial circumstances. Bursaries are available to Scholars and other award holders, as well to current boys where there has been a change in parental circumstances.
The cost of bursaries is supplemented through funding from donations and legacies, largely thanks to our generous and passionate Alumni.
The journey towards a place at Sherborne starts at least two years before admission. By the time a boy is in Year 6, we encourage families to have visited the School, followed by registration. As boys start the admissions process in Year 7, we then begin to involve them in life at Sherborne through a series of events. We warmly encourage families to visit the School as often as they like and our Admissions team keep in regular contact to answer any questions.
Sherborne is a moderately selective School and all boys wishing to gain entry must sit our entrance assessment, following registration with us. Formal selection days takes place in the January of Year 7, after which we make our offers.
Our Admissions process is designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible. We recognise the enormity of this decision for parents and want to help them navigate through the process as much as we can.
We are currently receiving 2 to 3 applications for each place, the number of applicants having risen considerably over the last few years.
The overwhelming majority of boys come from UK based families, especially those in the South West, South East London and Home Counties, with a sprinkling from the rest of the UK and overseas.