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“Fagging is Real Tough” by Tim Heald (1944-2016)

fagging-the-shirburnian-lent-1960In Summer term 1958 an article about fagging written by the 14 year-old Tim Heald (Lyon House 1957-1962) appeared in The Shirburnian.  Tim later recalled that he had been commissioned by Stanley Johnson (then editor of The Shirburnian)  to write an attack on fagging for […]

Just a Minute, Mr Parry-Jones

In his autobiography, My Life and Other Games (1990), Ian Messiter describes how an incident during a history lesson at Sherborne School became the inspiration for the Just a Minute radio panel-game:

‘On one occasion a master known as Mr Parry-Jones, or P-J for short, was telling the form about Edward V, […]

The First Day of the Battle of the Somme: We Will Remember Them

On 1 July 2016, Sherborne School will commemorate eight of its former pupils who died in the fighting on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Henry Robinson King, a Classics teacher at Sherborne School, described the 1 July 1916 in his diary as ‘Cold and objectionable till 4, then […]

Herbert Buckmaster: the man who put the ‘Buck’ into Buck’s Fizz

Bucks FizzThe Buck’s Fizz cocktail, consisting of two parts Champagne to one part orange juice, was invented in 1921 by the bartender of Buck’s Club in London, apparently as an excuse for patrons to begin drinking earlier in the day!  Buck’s Club had been opened […]

Sherborne School Weather Charts, 1874-1886

Daily readings (barometer, thermometer, hygrometer, ozone, rainfall) taken at the Sherborne School Weather Station, 1874-1886.

Select a date below to access a pdf of the weather chart.

Weather Charts File Cover

1874 :  June-July │ July-August │ September-October │ October-November │ November-December

1875 :  January-February │ February-March │ March-April │ […]

King’s School Natural History and Natural Science Society

First Report of the King’s School Natural History and Natural Science Society, for the year 1868 (pdf)

Second Report of the King’s School Natural History and Natural Science Society, for the year 1869 (pdf)

Entrance Scholarship Examination Papers, 1952, 1953

Copies of the Sherborne School Entrance Scholarship Examination Papers held in the School Archives.

1952 Entrance Scholarship Examination Papers:

Latin Verse (p.1)

Latin Verse (p.2)

1953 Entrance Scholarship Examination Papers:

English (p.1)

English (p.2)

French (p.1)

French (p.2)

Latin Prose

Latin Translation (p.1)

Latin Translation (p.2)

Latin Verse


James Stapleton Sandys-Renton (b) 1939-1945

He was born into the Renton family on 13th March 1926, the son of a Gunnery army officer (M J Renton (b) 1912-1918). His surname was not changed to include ‘Sandys’ until 1946, following his father Mervyn’s death – hence Sandys-Renton.

As an only child for a decade […]

The Shirburnian (School magazine)

The Shirburnian was the official magazine of Sherborne School.  First published in March 1859, it was devised as ‘an outlet for its wit, and also an easy means of printing all its News, both as regards those of us who are here and those who have left.’  The initial run was short-lived, but it was […]