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Archive film footage of Sherborne School

As the British Film Institute reveals the Top 10 most-watched films from its Britain On Film archive, we can reveal that our most-watched archive film footage is … ‘A Year at Sherborne 1965-1966’, which has […]

David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor

David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor.

Written by Andrew Bradstock.

Published by SPCK, November 2019.

Available in hardback or eBook.

In this first full biography of the celebrated cricketer, bishop and Old Shirburnian David Sheppard, Andrew Bradstock reveals an engaging portrait […]

100th anniversary of Sherborne’s 1st Festival of Five Lessons and Carols

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Sherborne School’s first Festival of Five Lessons and Carols.

Find out about the Sherborne’s Festival of Five Lessons and Carols

Visit Sherborne School Archive News for more stories from the archives.

Posted 29 November 2019 […]

The architects of Sherborne

‘Lector si monumentum requiris circumspice’.  

The epitaph on the tomb in St Paul’s Cathedral of the architect Sir Christopher Wren – ‘Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you’ – can also apply to the architects of Sherborne – School and town.  Built using Sherborne Inferior Oolite and Ham Hill stone, the buildings of Sherborne blend together […]

Daphne Holmes (1928-2019)

Mrs Daphne Holmes (1928-2019) died at Sherborne on 23 September 2019.

In 1952, Daphne Woosnam was married to Hughie Holmes (1910-1993) in Builth Wells, with Mickey Walford as Hughie’s best man.

Hughie Holmes had joined the teaching staff at Sherborne School in September 1932 and was Housemaster of Lyon House from 1946 to 1961.  He went on […]

David Smart (1944-2019)

David Sydney Smart MA (1944-2019) died at the Yeatman Hospital on 14 September 2019.

David was appointed mathematics master at Sherborne School in 1967 and was Head of Mathematics from 1972 to 1987.  He was Director of Studies from 1985 until his retirement in 2004.

A service of thanksgiving for David’s life will be held in Sherborne Abbey […]

Sherborne’s A Bridge Too Far hero

On 20 September 1944, Abbey House’s Lieutenant Jack Grayburn was killed in action at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden.  He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration awarded for gallantry in action.

The story of the failed […]

Shirburnians and the Battle of Britain


Between 10 July and 31 October 1940, six former pupils of Sherborne School lost their lives during what became known as The Battle of Britain:

Aston Maurice Cooper-Key (1918-1940) (School House 1932-1933), Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force, died on 24 July 1940, aged 21.


Petronella Macnaghten (1929-2019)

It was with great sadness that the School community heard that Petronella Macnaghten had died on 28 August 2019.  Petronella arrived at Sherborne in 1974, when her husband Robin Macnaghten was appointed Headmaster.  On Robin’s retirement as Headmaster in 1988, Robert Glen wrote the following tribute to […]

Could you pass the new boys’ test?

As we welcome all the new boys for their first day at Sherborne School, we wonder how many new (or old boys!) could pass the test set for new boys at the School in the 1960s?  How did you do?

New […]