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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 […]

Sherborne School & the Second World War

As we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, we look at the impact of the war years on Sherborne School.

From the changes it brought to the day-to-day life of the School, with the building of air raid […]

Sherborne School & the Bledisloe Cup

In 1931, Charles Bathurst 1st Viscount Bledisloe (1867-1958), an Old Shirburnian and then Governor-General of New Zealand, donated a cup for the national Rugby Union teams of Australia and New Zealand to compete for.  Over 80 years later, New Zealand’s All Blacks and Australia’s Wallabies still compete for the Bledisloe Cup, which remains […]

Studying climate change in Sherborne

A series of charts recording the weather in Sherborne between 1874 and 1886 have been digitised and are now available online.

The daily readings taken from a weather station at Sherborne School reveal the temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ozone and rainfall during a period known as the Agricultural […]

The Treaty of Versailles & the Shirburnian War Artist

On 28 June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty that officially ended the First World War, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.  Although the conference was attended by representatives of nearly thirty nations, the treaty was essentially written by ‘The Big Four’, France, Britain, Italy and the USA.


Save our Atlas Press!

To celebrate the 160th anniversary of the publication in 1859 of the first issue of The Shirburnian, Sherborne School’s Art Department are appealing for help to restore to working order the Atlas Press that was originally used for proofing the magazine.

The School’s Art Department would love to continue the Atlas Press’s […]