Sherborne School: Wikis


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Coordinates: 50°56′49″N 2°31′05″W / 50.947°N 2.518°W / 50.947; -2.518

Sherborne School
Motto Dieu et mon droit
(God and my right)
Established 1550
Type Independent school
Religion Anglican
Headmaster Simon Eliot
Chairman of the Governors Professor Richard Hodder-Williams
Founder St Aldhelm
Location Sherborne
England England
Students 570 (approx.)
Gender Boys
Ages 13 to 18
Houses 8
Colours Royal blue & yellow


Former pupils Old Shirburnians
Sherborne School

Sherborne School is a British independent school for boys, located in the town of Sherborne in north-west Dorset, England. It is one of the original member schools of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

The Good Schools Guide called the school a "Strong, traditional public school in delightful setting," adding that it provides "An invigorating, intellectually sound and multi-faceted environment'. However, it warns that the school is "not always gentle."[1]



Some historians have speculated that a school must have existed in Sherborne since the 3rd century A.D.; however, there is no evidential basis for this. The school's definite origins date back to the eighth century, when a tradition of education in Sherborne was begun by St Aldhelm. According to legend, Alfred the Great was one of the school's early pupils. The school was then linked with the Benedictine Abbey in the town. The earliest Master known about was Thomas Copeland in 1437. After the Dissolution of the monasteries, Edward VI refounded the School in 1550 as King Edward's school, a free grammar school for local boys. The present School, which has gone through various changes of fortune since the Protestant Reformation (and no doubt before), stands on land which once belonged to the Monastery. The Library, Chapel and Headmaster's rooms, which adjoin the Abbey Church, are modifications of its original monastic buildings.

The school stood in for Brookfield School in the 1969 film Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and many of its students served as extras in the production.

In 2005 Sherborne School was one of fifty of the country's leading public schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents.[2] Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared.[3]

Qatar Branch

In March 2009, it was announced that a replica of the school would be built in Doha, Qatar, with the first academic year starting in September 2009 and the development being completed by 2012.[4]


Sherborne School is composed of 8 houses, where the pupils (invariably referred to as 'boys') live and work when not in lessons. The names of the houses, and their distinctive letter, used in certain circumstances as an abbreviation:

  • School House (a) (location: Abbey Road)
  • Abbey House (b) (location: Abbey Road)
  • The Green (c) (location: Hospital Lane)
  • Harper House (d) (location: Hound Street)
  • Wallace House (e) (formerly Elmdene, location: South Street) [5]
  • Abbeylands (f) (location: Abbey Road)
  • Lyon House (g) (location: Richmond Road)
  • The Digby (m) (formerly the Digby Hotel, location: Digby Road)

Until 1999 there was another house, Westcott (h).

These houses also compete against each other in various sporting, educational and musical competitions.

School song ("Carmen Scirburnesise")

Olim fuit monachorum
Schola nostra sedes;
Puer regius illorum
Fecit nos heredes;
Hoc in posteros amoris
Grande dedit signum;
Sonet ergo Fundatoris
Nomen laude dignum;
Vivat Rex Eduardus Sextus!

Ubi preces iterabant
Senes cucullati,
Tecta stant ut olim stabant,
Mores quam mutati!
Pro silentio senili
Fit ubique iocus;
Ludo semper puerili
Totus fervet locus.
Vivat Rex Eduardus Sextus!
Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

Sanam mentem, corpus sanum
Nobis alunt rura;
Habilem dat pila manum,
Durat follis crura;
Pisces, ubi sinit aestas,
Aemulamur nando;
Philomelae voces maestas
Vincimus cantando.
Vivat Rex Eduardus Sextus!
Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

Studiorum vice tali
Roborantur mores;
Musa cultu liberali
Spinis miscet flores.
Semen insecuta seges
Messes reddit certas;
Legibus finita leges
Temperat libertas.
Vivat Rex Eduardus Sextus!
Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

Ergo dum verenda mole
Cana perstat aedes,
Dum recenti gaudet prole
Monachorum sedes,
Stimulet certamen ludi,
Suadeat laboris,
In sigillo sculptum rudi
Nomen Fundatoris.
Vivat Rex Eduardus Sextus!

The song is of five verses, but the first and the last (referred to as the 'Carmen Saeculare') are the two printed each term in the School's 'Blue Book' diary and are nowadays sung at the end of whole school assemblies at the end of term (known as "lists") where prize-winners will receive prizes and various announcements will be made. A Classical Greek version of the song was composed along with this one, but it is never used.


The Arts etc.


Diplomacy, Intelligence and Colonial Administration




Other Civil Service


Victoria Cross holders

Five Old Shirburnians have been awarded the Victoria Cross, to whom a memorial plaque was commissioned, the unveiling of which took place in the School Chapel on 19 September 2004.[7]

See also


  1. ^
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  4. ^ "BBC Online: Public school replica for Qatar". BBC. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  5. ^ Wallace House
  6. ^ Various editions of the Old Shirburnian Register
  7. ^ Old Shirburnian Editorial Team, (2004), The OS Record, pages 20-21 , (Shelleys The Printers, Sherborne)

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