Sherfield School
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Primary & Secondary
Post 16
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This school has 5 parent reviews

RG27 0HU
01256 884800
0 - 18
Other independent school
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths

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3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

School Description

As well as impressive exam results at GCSE and A Level, Sherfield School offers a wide range of sports, music, arts and extra-curricular programmes in a warm and friendly environment. Archers Lodge, the purpose-built boarding house, provides a home-from-home for weekly, flexi and full-time boarders. Sherfield pupils are taught in small class sizes with a good pupil teacher ratio, accessing a broad, curriculum delivered by a passionate, knowledgeable and committed staff. The listed manor house sits in 76 acres of parkland between Reading and Basingstoke with easy access to motorways, mainline rail, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, for international pupils. We provide a rich and challenging environment where we set high standards, support our pupils and promote self-discipline and thoughtfulness of others preparing pupils for a place in the competitive international job market.
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Sherfield School Reviews

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“The gift of confidence”
Our daughter started in nursery and went through to prep. Sherfield really helped guide our daughter, giving her the confidence to meet the challenges of a new school head on - and with smiles. 
“Brilliant communication”
I wanted to thank you for the brilliant communication between the school and the parents. We are very grateful for it. Our son is delighted to be in Pre-Reception; thank you very much for all your kindness and care for him. He has thoroughly enjoyed all the activities you have been planning for the children. Pre-Reception Parent
“Our daughter is thriving – Mrs P”
I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how delighted I am with the nursery provision provided to my children. Our daughter is thriving beyond any expectation in pre-reception, driven by an incredible team of teachers who know exactly how to motivate and care for the children. The communication delivered to the parents, whether it be verbal or via email, is absolutely fantastic and always well received. Our son is settling in marvellously, yet again led by an exceptional team of teachers who leave you filled with no doubt that your child is being cared for and looked after. Their commitment to ensuring our son is settling well and the support given to parents for a smooth transition is beyond that seen in other local settings. Furthermore I couldn’t be happier in our choice of nursery for our children, providing them with the best start in life.
“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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News & events from Sherfield School

Last update: 25 January 2021


Choosing a school for your child this year will be more challenging than ever. We are doing everything we can to make this process as easy for you as possible and give you a good sense of who we are and what makes us unique so that you can be sure this is the right school.

We hope that our video tours, testimonial videos, information and images on the website and our social media will give a good indication of the warm, family-friendly atmosphere of the School. 

While Sherfield School is closed due to Government advice, unfortunately, it will not be possible to visit us in person. However, admissions is still open, and we are encouraging families who are interested in joining the school to get in touch with our Admissions Team on [email protected] or complete the enquiry form below. Our Admissions Team will follow up with you following your enquiry.

We are currently able to offer you a virtual meeting with our Headmaster and other members of staff. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to wait until the school is able to open again, we can offer you an on-site tour.



Throughout every year Sherfield School offers Academic, Creative, Performing Arts and Sporting Scholarships offering talented children the opportunity to contribute to, flourish and benefit from the ethos and life at the school.

If you would like to register for a Scholarship Day please click on the link below.


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Our motto at Sherfield School is ad vitam paramus – 'we prepare for life'. This sums up our aim 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 modern life.

We help our students to develop not only their gifts, but also their character, teaching them to work both individually and collaboratively. Our pupils learn to respect one another, contribute to the life of the school and celebrate their successes together.

Our core values:

- Learning through Innovation

- Pursuing Excellence

- Global Citizenship

- Growing by Learning


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GCSE Results 2020

We were delighted to see so many smiles and tears of joy as students picked up their GCSE results. The academic and pastoral staff have been supporting their students through this unsettling time and they are immensely proud of how they have adapted and all they have achieved. 

Results are just a snapshot of performance. We aspire to create well-rounded individuals and what we are most proud of is the resilience and versatility the students have all shown.

“Following all the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic and media coverage of examination results, it’s wonderful to be able to focus on the individual success of each and every student at Sherfield.  All the achievements of our students are very well deserved and are testament to their hard work, commitment and dedication not just recently but throughout their school careers at Sherfield.” Nick Brain, Headmaster


A Level Results 2020

Students at Sherfield School recorded the best results in the history of the school.  Over 50% of grades were recorded at A*, with 90% of grades recorded at A* or A, demonstrating once again that Sherfield is the place for serious Post 16 study. 

Ms Seamark, Head of Sixth Form is thrilled with the results, “I am delighted with the excellent results achieved by our students, which are testimony to their hard work and dedication, as well as the exceptional support given by their teachers. It has been such a pleasure to support all of the Year 13 students through their final year of A-Level study and see so many gain places at the top universities in the country.


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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 find out how our teams by following us on our social media channels.

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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 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 afterschool 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 afterschool 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 there is a ski trip for pupils at 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 Pre Reception to 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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Sherfield School Catchment Area Map

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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