Founded in 1858, the school moved to its present location, just off a quiet Sherborne side street, in 1885 and went co-ed in the 1970s. The school sits close to Sherborne Abbey, it is five minutes’ walk from the centre of town but has 12 acres of grounds (including five acres of sports fields) for children to play in. The Sherborne Schools have a close relationship and Sherborne Prep uses sports facilities at Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls for both curriculum games and sports fixtures.

Sherborne Prep lies in the beautiful Dorset countryside and merged in 2021 with Sherborne School. Sherborne has a direct train to and from Waterloo (two hours) and with nearby airports of Bristol, Exeter and Southampton it is well-positioned and many pupils go on to the wealth of strong independent senior schools in Dorset and across the UK.

The Pre-Prep and nursery are housed in a separate building on the main site.

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