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Celebrating Shirburnians: Peter Twiss OBE

Peter TwissOn 10 March 1956, Old Shirburnian Peter Twiss (1921-2011) became the first man to fly faster than 1,000 mph.

Twiss, who attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) from 1935 to 1938, was a test pilot for Fairey Aviation and broke the World absolute air speed […]

International Women’s Day: an historical perspective

‘Even a Public School might be a little better for having two or three very carefully chosen women on the staff’

For 390 years, Sherborne School was a bastion of maleness with the boys being taught by a teaching staff made up entirely of men.  This all changed in 1941 with the […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Professor A.N. Whitehead

The 15th February 2017 is the 156th anniversary of the birth of the mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947).

Whitehead attended Sherborne School (School House) from September 1875 to July 1880.  During his time at Sherborne he was Head of the School and a member of the 1st XV and 1st XI.  […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Sir Christopher Chataway

Today, 31 January, would have been the 86th birthday of Sir Christopher Chataway (1931-2014).

Chataway is remembered as a fine athlete.  During his lifetime he broke a number of world records, including in 1954 the 5,000 metres world record with a time of 13:51.6, and in 1955 in broke his own 3 […]

Shirburnians: Men of Might & Muscle

If you need inspiration to spend more time at the gym then look no further than John Newman Taylor who served as Gymnastic Instructor at Sherborne School for 26 years from 1886 to 1912.

Find out more about John Newman Taylor & Sherborne School’s first gymnasium.

Visit Sherborne School Archive […]

‘You can’t imagine a public school engine leading a train astray, can you?’

Sherborne Schools Class nameplate, Wallace House (given to School in 1963)As many boys prepare to depart Sherborne for the Exeat weekend on board the ‘Sherborne Special’ to Waterloo, we thought it might be fun to remember the ‘Schools’ class of locomotives introduced by Southern Railway in 1930, and in […]

Insurance Drinks 12 January

On Thursday 12 Jan, despite scare stories of thundersnow and severe travel disruption over 40 OS and parents from the Insurance Industry convened for a convivial evening at The Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market.  It was an opportunity for OS working in the industry to meet up and compare notes and for young OS aspiring […]

New Years Honour for Sir Richard Eyre

Congratulations to Sir Richard Eyre CBE (Westcott 56-61) who has been made a Companion of Honour in the New Years Honours list.

Find out more about Sir Richard Eyre’s achievements: Sherborne School and the Oscars

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

Posted 6 January […]

Memorial to the Regiments of Devon and Dorset

devon-and-dorsetsMany OS served with the Devonshire Regiment and the Dorset Regiment both before and after the Regiments amalgamated in 1958. Indeed, nearly every OS would have worn the regimental cap badge during his time in the School the CCF.

The Regiments were far more than military units. […]

OSS and Friends of Sherborne School City Carol Service

At the School House Dinner in May Oliver Ross, (a 76), Area Dean to the City, suggested that it would be a good idea to hold a carol service for OS working in the City, and indeed it was.

On Monday 5 December over 100 OS and past parents gathered at Oliver’s lovely church, St Olave, […]