The Society was founded in June 1896 with its object being to keep Old Shirburnians in touch with the School and with each other. The first list of members contained 264 names, a far cry from the almost 11,000 members we now have.

An Old Shirburnian Scholarship Fund was instituted in 1870 and we award Bursaries to sons of OS to this day. See the Bursaries and OSS Charitable Trust page for more details.

Our ethos has not changed greatly over the years and we continue to invite groups to reunions and social events at Sherborne every year, as well as events in other parts of the country. There is a list of upcoming events on the Events page, if you are interested in attending any of them do please contact us. We hope you enjoy the website and find something of interest and we look forward to seeing you at one of our get togethers soon.