Sherborne Girls is an independent full-boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1899, it has been at the forefront of girls’ education in Britain for over 100 years. The school provides a rich environment for the development of well-educated, confident and caring young women who are committed to making significant and positive contributions to the world.
All girls follow a broad, balanced but challenging curriculum for A Level and GCSEs and the school maintains an excellent examination record with girls progressing to a raft of prestigious universities. Our extensive co-curricular offering means that girls learn to balance academic studies with the opportunities which come from participating in everything from music, sport, drama and the numerous community-based initiatives we are involved with.
The latest and most ambitious development project has just finished and we are delighted with our new £11M arts centre which sits at the heart of the campus. To find out more about joining us visit us at www.sherborne.com
About the school
Sherborne Girls is located in the beautiful county of Dorset, with excellent links to London and beyond. Established in 1899, it embraces a culture of full-boarding, offering individualised care of pupils. As well as achieving outstanding success in examinations, our girls excel in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, including sport, music, drama and art. The unique affiliation with Sherborne (Boys) School offers pupils opportunities for co-educational activities, while maintaining all the benefits of a single-sex education.
Sherborne Girls teacher adds a touch of drama to historic Company of Dyers
Ros Johnson, Head of Academic Drama at Sherborne Girls, was placed in a different kind of spotlight last week when she became the first female Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Dyers – an institution which has existed for 550 years.
11th February 2020 — Ros Johnson, Head of Academic Drama at Sherborne Girls, was placed in a different kind of spotlight last week when she became the first female Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Dyers – an institution which has existed for 550 years. She was formally inducted into The Company at an event held at The Inn Keepers Hall, in London, on Wednesday 5 February.
The Worshipful Company of Dyers can trace its roots back to 1188 when it is recorded as a guild, overseeing the dyeing industry in London. It first became a company by Royal Charter granted by Henry VI in 1471.
Nowadays, the Dyers’ Company, which is preparing to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the granting of its charter, has only a minority of Liverymen who are involved in the dyeing industry.
Its main focus is charitable activities and this year the Company has awarded grants totalling £650,000. The majority of these grants go to schools and universities, along with a wide range of other causes.
There are currently 139 Liverymen in the Company and you can only become a Liveryman by invitation.
Ros said: “I am so honoured to have been invited to be the first female liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Dyers. It has a long and distinguished history of charitable work. I am looking forward to meeting fellow liverymen and, as a teacher, I am proud to be able to offer my skills and expertise to the schools and universities that the charity supports.”
Sherborne Girls hosts Debating Matters South West Championship
Sixth-form students from eight schools will battle it out for the title of ‘Debating Matters South West Champions’ at the regional final of the national debating competition when Sherborne Girls hosts the event on Thursday 23 January 2020.
20th January 2020 — Sixth-form students from eight schools will battle it out for the title of ‘Debating Matters South West Champions’ at the regional final of the national debating competition when Sherborne Girls hosts the event on Thursday 23 January 2020.
Debating Matters (organised by the the boi charity) is described as ‘the UK’s toughest debating competition’ and sees teams of students from private and state schools battling it out over contentious issues. Uniquely among debating competitions, Debating Matters focuses on ‘substance over style’, with rigorous research and clear arguments carrying the day.
The areas for debate on this occasion include whether autonomous vehicles make driving safer; should childhood vaccinations be compulsory and whether people should have more than two children.
Teams from Exeter College, Gillingham School, The Gryphon School, Sturminster Newton Sixth Form, The Purbeck School, Sherborne School, Bryanston and Sherborne Girls will discuss and debate their way through rounds to be whittled down to just two to go against each other in the final.
Independent guest judges have been selected from a wide variety of career sectors and bring an enormous amount of experience ranging from journalism, the legal sector, authors and educationalists to financial services. They will be looking out for demonstrable research around the topic, mental flexibility under pressure and being able to articulate their opinion clearly and in a compelling manner.
Louise Troup, Head of English at Sherborne Girls, explained the benefits of debating:
“The ability to engage in and listen to a balanced discussion is especially vital in a world dominated by social media, where our individual feeds are tailored to suit our pre-existing opinions. It is also vital for students to engage with issues in real depth in an era of image-based news and skim reading of web content.
“The decline in readership of printed newspapers and the rise of news websites and social media feeds means that our sixth formers receive news in bite-sized accessible chunks. Researching their topics for debating requires real in-depth research and reading and so improves academic skills too.”
Geoff Kidder, the chief executive of the boi charity, said:
“The competition prides itself on taking young people seriously, valuing ideas and allowing free debate. Some of the brightest and best students in the South West will be taken out of their comfort zone by tackling these topics.”
Artist in Residence joins the team at Sherborne Girls
The Art and Design Department at Sherborne Girls is delighted to welcome Georgina Clapham as Artist in Residence.
14th January 2020 — The Art and Design Department at Sherborne Girls is delighted to welcome Georgina Clapham as Artist in Residence.
Born in Somerset, Georgina is a figurative painter. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and has since studied at the Royal Drawing School in London. Her work has been exhibited across the UK including shows at the Royal Scottish Academy and The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. In 2018 she held her first solo show, ‘Mythologies and Metamorphoses’ in Moscow at the Triumph Gallery.
Her style draws together Renaissance portraiture, Greek Mythology, folklore, mysticism, animals, nature, the artificial, high fashion, subculture, gender, identity and sexuality, to produce her meticulous life-size, figurative paintings.
Working under the direction of Head of Department Claire Mason, Georgina will be offering support and tutoring to pupils in the art department, using her own experience and skills to help refine and improve the girls’ work over the Spring and Summer Terms.
She is also currently working on pieces for an exhibition with the current SCAS Intern at Sherborne School, Braden Maxwell, which will take place in The Merritt Centre from 24 February 2020.
Sherborne Girls is delighted to announce an outstanding set of GCSE and I/GCSE results: the culmination of a very successful academic year for the school in which it also saw its best A Level and IB results since 2015.
22nd August 2019 — Sherborne Girls is delighted to announce an outstanding set of GCSE and I/GCSE results: the culmination of a very successful academic year for the school in which it also saw its best A Level and IB results since 2015.
This year 42.3% of GCSE grades were awarded top marks (8 or 9 previously A*) compared to 11.8% nationally, with 28.2% of the cohort securing seven or more GCSEs at grade 9/8 (A*). These results match the outstanding results from last year.
An impressive 21.2% of subjects were graded the highest mark of 9, compared with the national figure of 4.7%. A total 61.6% of our grades were 7 or above (previously A*/A) and 55% of the cohort achieved seven or more GCSEs at grade 7 to 9 (A to A*).
Dr Ruth Sullivan, Headmistress, said:
“I am delighted to be able to conclude my first year as Headmistress delivering such excellent news with strong results seen across all subjects and individual successes for each of our girls at all levels. These results demonstrate the drive and determination of our students and the dedication of our staff and I look forward to seeing the girls go on to achieve further successes with their A Levels in the Sixth Form.”
On the back of an excellent set of IB results last month, Sherborne Girls in Dorset is celebrating an incredibly strong set of A Level results with 74% of grades awarded at A*to B and 50% of grades achieving the highest grades of A* and A.
15th August 2019 — On the back of an excellent set of IB results last month, Sherborne Girls in Dorset is celebrating an incredibly strong set of A Level results with 74% of grades awarded at A*to B and 50% of grades achieving the highest grades of A* and A.
More than a quarter of students achieved all straight A* and As in their subjects – a huge jump in comparison to the previous year and evidence of the high academic calibre at Sherborne Girls.
Headmistress, Dr Ruth Sullivan, commented on the results, saying:
“We are so pleased for our girls; they have worked incredibly hard and these results are a fitting reflection of their dedication and perseverance. We wish them well as they move on to the next exciting stage of their education.”
Sherborne Girls celebrated the official opening of its new arts centre, The Merritt Centre, on Wednesday 26 June with a spectacular concert featuring Dame Emma Kirkby, former pupil and world-renowned soprano. Dame Emma carried out the formal ‘ribbon-cutting’ ceremony before taking to the stage to perform alongside the school’s senior choir in a memorable event that truly showcased the recital hall’s magnificent acoustics.
8th July 2019 — Sherborne Girls celebrated the official opening of its new arts centre, The Merritt Centre, on Wednesday 26 June with a spectacular concert featuring Dame Emma Kirkby, former pupil and world-renowned soprano. Dame Emma carried out the formal ‘ribbon-cutting’ ceremony before taking to the stage to perform alongside the school’s senior choir in a memorable event that truly showcased the recital hall’s magnificent acoustics.
The opening concert was the highlight in a week-long series of creative, musical and theatrical performances, many of which were open to the public. They included a concert by the Aquinas Piano Trio, Sherborne School Barbershop, String Ensembles, DJ sets, poetry performances - all of which put their abundant creative talents firmly in the spotlight.
The magnificent new facility, which took two years to construct, boasts a concert hall that seats an audience of 305 or 500 theatre-style; practice rooms; a recording studio and multi-use social spaces which have spectacular views across the playing fields.
As part of the school’s aim to build on and strengthen its relations with the wider Sherborne community, it is planned that local schools and community organisations will be able to use the venue, with the National Children’s Orchestra, Sherborne Abbey Music Festival and TEDxSherborne having already tested it out!
Dr Ruth Sullivan, Headmistress, said:
“We are delighted that Dame Emma was able to open this fabulous new facility. Music and the Arts have always been central to life at Sherborne Girls and we are thrilled that we now have a venue that can cater for the increasing number of girls playing instruments, singing in choirs or involved in speech and drama.
“The added bonus of being able to share the venue with our local community gives it a whole extra dimension and we look forward to welcoming visitors and planning exciting, inspiring events.”
To see the full gallery of photos taken at the official opening please see: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmExZBPt