Sherborne Prep is a leading independent day and boarding school, welcoming girls and boys from 2 years to 13 years old (boarding from 7-13 years old). The Pre-Prep has a secure, self-contained site within the School, for 2 to 6 year olds, which at the same time allows the younger children to take advantage of many of the facilities available to the Prep School children.
The Pre-Prep enjoys a well-deserved reputation that offers a varied and exciting curriculum within a caring, friendly environment. The Prep provides day and boarding and while boarding numbers are not large, boarding remains at the heart of The Prep, in ethos and in practice. The children in the boarding houses are the envy of many day pupils who look forward to making use of the flexible boarding on offer in a warm, friendly, family atmosphere. Sherborne Prep is seen as one of the leading independent schools in the South West of England and a leader in curriculum change. We take pride in encouraging all children to enjoy the challenge and excitement of learning. The fact that our pupils have won 72 awards and scholarships in the last four years, while no-one has failed to get into the school of their choice for over ten years, is an important by-product of the quality of education that is offered by the School.
Following the DT Go-Kart Building Summer Challenge, the DT enthusiasts at Sherborne Prep had the chance to visit the site where Ariel now build their cars.
17th November 2015 — Following the DT Go-Kart Building Summer Challenge, the DT enthusiasts had the chance to visit the site where Ariel now build their cars. Even if you haven't heard of the Ariel Atom, you may have seen a clip of Jeremy Clarkson driving one? If you haven't, it's worth having a look online!
The guide gave an introduction to the company, as the children looked around the Atom that Jeremy Clarkson had driven in 2004. The simple design concept for a road-legal, racing car was to minimise its weight and maximise its performance. Its most distinctive feature is the tubular steel exoskeleton. These are made for them by a fabrication company who weld them by hand - apparently the welding is so regular because the welders listen to music as they work. He explained how the car had been designed by a lecturer and student on the automotive design course in Coventry, who both went on to build the first car in a garage in the 1990s before the company was set up and went into production on its present site.
There were so many questions to ask! Why can't you add a door? (It would add weight/reduce strength.) Why is there no windscreen? (It would add more weight. Actually they do fit a small screen (about 8" x 5") in front of each seat which is just enough to cut out the airflow which otherwise could lift people's helmets off their head when driving.) Do people ask for more comfortable seats? (They are surprisingly comfy but as everything is exposed to the weather, it's better not to have a soggy cushion.) How far can you go with a tank of fuel? (It depends on 'your right foot'; moderate motorway driving, maybe 37mpg, track racing, maybe 6.)
The children looked around the assembly area, where each vehicle is built from start to finish, including the road test and signing off, by the same technician. There were several Atom cars and an Ariel Ace motorcycle at various stages of assembly there on the day but they are busiest at the moment with building Ariel Nomads. These are a tough, powerful dune buggy, launched in 2015. Who wouldn't want one of those?
Left Hand Drive, Right Hand Drive (or the option to have either so you can drop your Atom in to be converted over when you are off to the continent); paint/lacquer finishes; variable damper - I could go on but they definitely covered all the optional extras in full detail, so the children know exactly the specification they would order for themselves. Ariel's current order book is very full though. Order now for delivery Christmas 2016!
With the Sherborne Prep School flag flying at half mast, the whole school came together in its Act of Remembrance today.
11th November 2015 — With the Sherborne Prep School flag flying at half mast, the whole school came together in its Act of Remembrance today. The assembly was led by the Headmaster who began by recounting his own family's experiences during the First and Second World Wars.
This was followed by a speech from Rory regarding the significance and origins of the poppy in the Remembrance commemorations and Isaac read "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae. As the bells from Sherborne Abbey tolled, Jesse played the Last Post to mark the start of the 2 minute silence after which the Head Boy and Head Girl read the names of all the former Sherborne Prep children who had died in World War I and World War II.
The Headmaster then led representatives from every year group to lay a wreath in the Reading Garden as the children planted ceramic poppies which they had made themselves, to honour the fallen.
Crowds gathered at Sherborne Prep this week to watch the great annual spectacle which is the Inter House Conquer Competition.
27th October 2015 — Crowds gathered this week to watch the great annual spectacle which is the Inter House Conquer Competition. The modern day gladiators fought for glory armed only with a nut and 12" piece of string. All the children were ably assisted in their duels by their House Captains and it was great to see such wonderful House spirit on display.
This competition holds a special place at the heart of the Prep. When the school was first established in 1858, its then Headmaster, Reverend A C Clapin, planted 5 Horse Chestnut trees which are still thriving today by the tennis courts. He specifically required that these trees be maintained for the sole purpose of providing conquers for the children each autumn for conquer competitions. It is wonderful to see such traditions maintained and being embraced by the next generation of Sherborne Prep Children.
The bell for the end of break rang too early for us to finish the match so, as we enter half term, the game is finely poised with all the Houses: Normans, Romans, Greeks and Trojans, in with a fighting chance of winning the treasured title "Conquer Champions"!
As part of the Sherborne Literary Festival Year 2 were lucky enough to receive a visit from illustrator, Michael Fowkes.
21st October 2015 — As part of the Sherborne Literary Festival Year 2 were lucky enough to receive a visit from illustrator, Michael Fowkes.
He explained to the children how to bring a character to life on the page, following the clues the author had put in the descriptions. The children all had a chance to put their new skills to the test with their own interpretations and it was wonderful to see the creations Year 2 made.
A huge thank you to Mr Fowkes for taking the time to share his love of drawing and books with the children.
Sherborne Prep celebrate Dahlicious Dress Up Day raising much needed funds for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and helping to improve the lives of seriously ill children.
Dahlicious Dress Up Roald Dahl Day!!
13th October 2015 — The Dahlicious Dress Up Day event has been running across the country since 2006 and takes place to coincide with the author's September birthday. The event raises much needed funds for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. The charity was formed to improve the lives of seriously ill children.
All the children (and staff!) joined in rummaging through their wardrobes to find something yellow to wear to celebrate " Yummy Yellow" day. Yellow was the favourite colour of the world's No 1 storyteller and, with the beautiful weather, the sun made the outfits even bolder and brighter!
National Poetry Day, the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical, marks its 21st birthday on Thursday 8 October 2015 and this year's theme is LIGHT.
13th October 2015 — National Poetry Day, the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical, marks its 21st birthday on Thursday 8 October 2015 and this year's theme is LIGHT.
National Poetry Day is co-ordinated by the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates poetry and promotes it as part of everyday life. Much has been written about the need for children to hear, read and write poetry for a rounded English Language and Literature education and it is wonderful to see the children at the Prep embrace the theme this year and enjoy this wonderful aspect of culture.