There has been a school in Sherborne since the time of King Alfred. This school, where King Alfred himself was taught, was re-founded in 1550 as King Edward’s grammar school and is today known simply as Sherborne School. Here are a list of other educational facilities in Sherborne:

Adult Learning

Aviation Training International Ltd provides total synthetic training solutions in the areas of Aircrew, Ground-crew and Maintenance training.
Exclusively English offer short bespoke intensive English course for business professionals, allowing for fast progress.


Sherborne Youth Centre is an adult learning venue that offers courses in GCSE subjects as well as holistic therapies, computing, personal and professional development and a broad range of other subjects.

Pre-Schools and Infants

Sherborne School’s pre-prep department opened in 1993 and now has a pupil roll of over sixty. The school admits children from the thirty months to 7 years and has its own fully equipped, purpose-built classrooms with experienced, well-qualified staff providing an excellent ratio of teachers to children.
Sherborne Westend Preschool offers care, learning and play for children aged from 2 – 5 years. Their hours are Monday-Friday during term time between 9am-12noon.

Primary and Preparatory Schools

Sherborne Preparatory School is an independent day and boarding school for children aged 3 – 13 years. The school has a long, strong academic and sporting reputation, complemented by excellence in art and music.

Leweston School is an independent Catholic school for boys and girls with boarding and flexi-boarding provision for girls from age 7. The school is situated in forty-six acres of Dorset parkland three miles south of Sherborne and occupies an enviable setting in a skilfully converted former Coach House providing a unique range of bright spacious classrooms.
Other primary schools in Sherborne are: Milborne Port County Primary School, Sherborne Abbey C of E Primary School, Sherborne Primary School, St Andrews C of E Primary School, St Mary C of E Primary School, Thornford C of E Primary School and Trent Youngs Endowed C of E Primary School


Gryphon School, created in 1992 by merging the town’s two grammar schools with another school, became an Academy in August 2012. The Gryphon School has outstanding twenty-first century facilities in a modern, purpose-built school campus set amongst beautiful rural surroundings.
Lewes ton School is an independent day and boarding school for girls. The school motto, ‘Gaudere et Bene Facere’ – ‘Rejoice and Do Well’ dates from the seventeenth century.
Sherborne Girls is more than one-hundred years old. It is mainly a boarding school for girls aged between 11 and 18 with a fine academic reputation.
Sherborne School is one of the most beautiful schools in the country offering a broad and varied curriculum. It is one of the leading boys’ boarding school in the 13-18 age group.

Supporting Services

Sherborne ArtsLink is a community arts organisation providing high quality courses, classes, trips and events for the whole community
Standing Tall Limited workshops develop confidence, self-awareness and a solid set of social skills, for students future success.