Sherfield School

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RG27 0HU
01256 884800
2 - 18
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5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths
GCSE grade C or better in
English and maths
Attainment 8 score
Results in 8 core subjects

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Pupils achieving AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
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School Description

Sherfield offers a first class, academic education within a forward-looking curriculum to pupils aged from 3 months to 18 years. Our well-qualified staff combine professional expertise with commitment and understanding. Teaching methods are a blend of the traditional and the very best of new ideas based upon an understanding of how the brain develops and functions. We are also now an IB World School.

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News & events from Sherfield School

Last update: 12 October 2017





There is no substitute for coming along and seeing our school in action. Our Autumn Open Events took place in early October but we welcome visits from parents and prospective pupils throughout the academic year.

To arrange a tour at a convenient time and date please complete our Visit Form by clicking the link below. We will look forward to welcoming you. 

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Our motto at Sherfield School is 'ad vitam paramus.' This means 'we prepare for life' and sums up our goals for our school community. Our mission is to educate reliable, honest and responsible young people who are reflective, engaged and dynamic and ready for the challenges of the modern life. We help our students to develop not only their girfts, but also their character, teaching them to work both individually and collabooratively. Our pupils learn to respect one another and their contribution to the life of the school and celebrate their successes together.

Our core values:

- Learning through Innovation

- Persuing Excellence

- Global Citizenship

- Growing by Learning

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2017 GCSE Results

Sherfield School celebrated a record pass rate at GCSE this year, with 92% of candidates achieving at least five A*-C (or equivalent) including Mathematics and English and an overall 93% pass rate. This follows on from the impressive A Level achievements last week, which included Oxbridge success for our Head Boy and an outstanding 51% of A Levels being awarded A* to B grades.  At GCSE 47% of all grades were rated A*/A, and 78% of grades were B or higher. 


2017 A Level Results

Sherfield School also celebrated another year of A Level success. An impressive 51% of A Level grades were A* to B.  Our mathematics results were outstanding, with 80% of grades A* to B, topped by the Further Mathematics where 90% of results were graded at this level.  In Art we had 100% A*/A grades. 

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All senior school students have one PE lesson a week, in which different sports are taught, and one Games afternoon a week, in which different team and outdoor activities are played.  The sports played at Sherfield are listed below and you can found out how our teams are getting on in the News and Events section of our website. 

There are 9 football teams at Sherfield ranging from U9 level through to U16’s. Football is played in the pupil’s games afternoons in the autumn term from September through to December for the boys and in the spring term for the girls. 

This is the main focus sport for the girls during the autumn term. The school runs 8 teams from U9 level through to U15’s. 

Rugby and Tag Rugby
Rugby and tag rugby is played in the school during the spring term (Jan – Apr). The U9 boys are introduced to rugby in the form of tag rugby. Contact rugby is introduced to the U11 boys and is played throughout the senior school. The school has 5 rugby teams (9 teams including tag rugby). 

Cricket is played at Sherfield during the summer term. Sherfield has 5 cricket teams starting with pairs cricket at U9 level, moving up to U15 senior cricket. Cricket is played during the pupils games afternoons with a focus on technical and tactical knowledge. 

We are developing this sport very successfully in the school. It is played throughout the school in curriculum PE lessons from year 3 to year 13. The school competes at a local level against other schools and has shown immediate success.

Tennis is played during the summer term at Sherfield. We introduce tennis into curriculum lessons as young as pre reception (3 to 4 year olds) and run straight through to Year 13. The current U16 tennis team have won the Basingstoke and Deane tennis league for the past 3 years with the U13’s winning twice.

Cross Country
Cross Country takes place in the spring term and is included in every pupil’s curriculum PE lessons. At Sherfield we benefit from a natural course through the school grounds and wooded area which is seen as one of the best courses in Hampshire.

Athletics is another summer term activity at Sherfield. It is an area of focus in curriculum PE lessons from pre reception to Year 11. The summer term culminates in Sports Day which sees the schools 4 Houses of Buckfield, Loddon, Lydney and Wynstow battling it out for the overall house crown. 

Basketball is an emerging sport within Sherfield School. We currently have two teams in the senior school who play in local competitions. It is taught in the school PE curriculum in the autumn term.

Hockey is a sport that is increasing in popularity through the school. It is a sport that is taught as part of the PE curriculum. Hockey is introduced to pre reception and Gems Plus in the form of uni-hoc with lightweight sticks where the main focus is on the basics such as grip and passing. 

Judo is available at Sherfield in the form of an after school club. It is taught by a specialist Judo instructor Alex Farbon (Total Judo) who won the Wokingham Sports Award for Top Man 2011. Lessons in judo are available to pupils as young as 5 years old (Reception) and are available throughout the school.

Golf and Tri Golf
Sherfield School benefits from being situated next to Sherfield Oaks which boasts two 18 hole golf courses, a practice putting green, driving range and professional tuition. During the summer term golf is an option for junior and senior pupils in the form of curriculum games lessons or an after school club. 

Outdoor Adventure Activities (OAA)
Outdoor adventure activities has been recently introduced as part of the PE curriculum and is becoming very popular. The main focus in this unit of work is to develop pupils teamwork, communication, leadership and problem solving skills. Activities such as problem solving, orienteering and caving are covered. OAA is taught to the pupils from year 2 to 11. OAA is also available at Sherfield School in the form of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

Gymnastics and Trampolining
Gymnastics is an important part of our PE curriculum. It is taught throughout the school in the autumn term from pre reception through to year 9. At an early age the main focus for gymnastics is developing the pupil’s basic coordination and balance into set movements such as forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, headstands and handstands. 

Swimming is offered to all pupils in the junior school from reception through to year 6. These pupils have one swimming lesson each week for the entirety of the academic year. The pupils receive the benefit of being taught by specialist swimming instructors.

Health Related Fitness (HRF)
Health Related Fitness is taught throughout the school as part of the PE curriculum. The main focus of this unit of work for the junior school is to develop the pupil’s knowledge of how their body works during exercise with the use of heart rate monitors and specialised exercise equipment. 

he main sport for the girls in the summer term is Rounders. This is taught in their games afternoons as well as senior and junior lunchtime clubs. There is also a junior Rounders club available for the boys to take part in afterschool.

Skiing and Snowboarding
Each year the PE department organise a ski trip for pupils in the senior school. The trip caters for skiers of all standards ranging from absolute beginners (first time skiers) to advanced group skiing.

Dance – Ballet
Dance is an activity that is taught in the pupils curriculum PE lessons. We currently teach our Gems Plus pupils (Pre Reception – Year 2) different areas of dance. We cover contemporary movement, ballroom, hip hop and ballet within school. The main focus is understanding the origins of the dance and basic movements in time to music.

Free Running (Parkour)
Alongside our traditional sports and activities at Sherfield School we have modern activities too, notably free running (parkour), a physical discipline which focuses on efficient movement around obstacles.

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“Positive Year 11 Parent”
I had been to the Sixth Form centre before, but it took on a very different vibe with some of the students there. They were such an inspiring and positive group of young people - a real credit to themselves and to how the centre is run. I have always envisaged my son staying on at Sherfield School for Sixth Form but I now feel more confident that he will want to stay and not be tempted by the appeal of other colleges. I, along with many of the other parents, came away from the information evening with a very positive feeling about our children's future at Sherfield, so thank you again to all involved.
“Our son is flourishing here - Year 1 Parent”
We are so thankful to you for creating an environment where children are able to flourish in all areas of their lives. They are supported by masterful teachers and staff to face challenges in their lives. So, a huge ‘thank you’ should be said to you and all of your staff in Pre-Prep for allowing our son to have had such a wonderful start to his school life. Onwards into Year Two!
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Meet the Head: Dick Jaine


Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I was fortunate to be taught by several inspirational teachers who shared their love of learning for its own sake. They also embraced the values of developing a broad range of interests. I remember being taken to art galleries, the theatre and being given the chance of trying lots of different sports. It is an approach that worked for me as a pupil and I was determined to promote these values for others and so it was a natural progression for me to follow in the footsteps of some these wonderful, enlightened teachers. I remain committed to this approach and feel that opportunity and encouragement are at the heart of education and transcends the single sex, co-ed, faith, day, boarding debate that often confuses the essence of what makes a good school.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

To see young people develop through their teen years into articulate, interested members of society. For some, the opportunities we have provided and the pupils have embraced can become life changing. To know I have played a part in creating a team of staff and pupils who have worked so closely together is very rewarding. For some pupils lifelong friendships develop both with classmates and staff alike through some of these shared experiences.

What does a successful school look like to you?

One where pupils feel comfortable and supported, they dare to try new things and challenge themselves. Schools should be places where we learn to challenge ourselves and to be inspired by other pupils and teachers alike. We celebrate success in all its guises and learn to enjoy our own triumphs as well as the achievements of others. We also embrace the life lesson of learning how to handle disappointment, it is essential to not allow this to blunt one’s ambition and enthusiasm; it is an important part of becoming a confident individual and the fear of failure can be stultifying.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

To be inquisitive, there should be a lifelong motivation to gather knowledge and develop understanding.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Our school motto, Ad Vitam Paramus, translates into five appropriate words which I believe we embody at Sherfield: “We are preparing for life”.

Catchment information

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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