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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.

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‘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 […]

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

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Adam Crick (1957-2016)

Adam Crick, who died on 2 March 2016, taught English at Sherborne School for two terms in 2002, having previously taught at Tonbridge School and Winchester College.

Obituaries for Adam Crick are available in the November 2016 issue of The Trusty Servant and also online at Totham 1821.  In January 2017, Winchester College will be displaying […]

Desert Island Discs castaways

desert-islandSince the first broadcast in 1942 of the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, twelve Old Shirburnians have been castaway and one has been castaway twice!

The castaways’ music selections reveal that J.S. Bach and Mozart are Shirburnians classical composers of choice.  As for their […]

Alec Waugh’s postcard from Mainz

the-doom-of-youth-prisoner-of-mainz-1919-illustrated-by-captain-rt-rousselOn 6 April 1918, nine days after he had been captured by the German army, 2nd Lieutenant Alec Waugh wrote a postcard from Mainz POW Camp to a schoolmaster at Sherborne School.

Follow the link to find out what Alec wrote on his postcard from Mainz.

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