Sherborne School for Girls

Sherborne Girls, formally known as Sherborne School for Girls, is an independent day and boarding school for girls, located in Sherborne, North Dorset, England. The school was founded in 1899 by Mr and Mrs Kenelm Wingfield Digby. There are currently 485 pupils attending Sherborne Girls, with over 90 percent of students living on campus and residing in the seven boarding houses. Recent recognition for Sherborne Girls includes a double ’excellent’ rating in its Independent Schools Inspectorate Report and winning 'Best Public School of The Year' at the Tatler Schools Awards 2017/18.

Sherborne Girls
Bradford Rd

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Coordinates50.948°N 2.528°W / 50.948; -2.528
TypeIndependent day and boarding school
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FoundersMr and Mrs Kenelm Wingfield Digby
Department for Education URN113919 Tables
HeadDr Ruth Sullivan BSc, PGCE (Edinburgh); MSc, PhD (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Age11 to 18
Former pupilsOld Girls


All girls are required to take English, Maths, a Science subject, Religion and a Foreign Language. Most girls take nine to ten GCSEs and three to four A Level subjects. Sherborne Girls also offers the International Baccalaureate programme. Some subjects at AS/A Level are taught jointly with Sherborne School as part of the co-operation between the two schools.

Both schools also collaborate in various school activities and functions such as theatre productions, joint societies and social activities.[1]


The house system is primarily based on the boarding houses as most girls are boarders. The girls are divided into seven boarding houses regardless of whether they are boarding or day pupils. Approximately 10% are day pupils but they are fully integrated and encouraged to participate in weekend activities.

There are seven boarding houses on campus:

  • Aldhelmsted East
  • Aldhelmsted West (Lower fourth and upper fourth ages 11 to 13)
  • Dun Holme
  • Kenelm
  • Mulliner (upper sixth)
  • Reader Harris (formerly Eahlstan and Thurstan)
  • Wingfield-Digby (formerly Aylmar and Wingfield)


The campus includes Oxley Sports centre, which opened in 2007 with a six-lane swimming pool, a fitness suite, squash courts, badminton courts, a floodlit Astro Turf hockey pitch, climbing wall, bouldering wall, grass pitches and dance studio.

Notable Old Girls


  1. "Partnership With Sherborne School". Sherborne Girls website. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011.
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