Sherfield School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
0 - 18
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

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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
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

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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.

Sherfield School Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“An extension of home”

“My son enjoyed coming to school for all the years he has been with Sherfield and still enjoys school now. We view Sherfield as an extension of home.” Year 12 Parent

“The school provides a strong, safe environment for my child with the ability for the child to take responsibility, and independence around the school. The teaching staff I believe are motivated, and excited by their subjects, which is key in order for pupils to learn, they’re keen to pass on their knowledge and teach, which creates positivity, a child who feels comfortable to raise their hand and enjoy learning.” Year 9 parent
“A great environment!”

“We feel it is a great environment for learning and growing up. The smaller class sizes mean that the teachers get to know the students well, and the wide range of non-curricular activities through the enrichment programme and clubs is great.”
“Outstanding School”

“Sherfield School is an outstanding school. With a strong, dedicated team of teachers which blends through to the confident, thriving and highly capable children we get the pleasure of admiring every day.” Reception Parent
“Highly Recommend”

“Our kids have attended Sherfield since Nursery and are developing into well rounded young people with good moral compasses. This is all to do with their teaching and the philosophy and ethos of the school. They have good moral values. I think it’s an excellent environment and would not hesitate to recommend the school.” Year 5 and Year 9 Parent
“Far greater than just a school”

Our daughter has been at Sherfield School since she was six months old. Now fast approaching her teens she has grown into a kind, enthusiastic and conscientious student under Sherfield’s guidance. The teachers care about the students and want them to succeed and are fully committed to helping them achieve their goals. Of course it’s not all hard work! Sherfield school boosts the most beautiful setting to learn, play and grow up in. With acres of green space, woodland and even a lake. There’s an abundance of extra curricular activities alongside a timetabled exciting enrichment programme. Whilst being an academically strong school sports enthusiasts will also be very much at home at Sherfield. Our daughter is extremely happy at Sherfield School and we are proud to be part of the Sherfield family. Sherfield School is far greater than just a school....come see for yourself!
“You are all amazing”

I cannot thank you enough for all the support you give our children. We could not ask for more. You are all amazing.
“What a school!”

What a school! My child is a different child since joining Sherfield. He actually now loves school. The setting is stunning, there is a great balance with sport and academic learning. Staff are extremely friendly and professional. They are clearly getting it right!
“Impressed and inspired”

I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our son's tutors. I have had the privilege of overhearing some of his tutorials which I have been really impressed and even inspired with. The quality of teaching and engagement with him has been excellent and we would wish to congratulate all the staff for their outstanding delivery in teaching.
“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, Photos and Open Days from Sherfield School

Last update: 18 September 2023


Open Days at Sherfield School are designed to let you experience our school ethos and warm, family-friendly atmosphere. 

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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


More about life at Sherfield


Outstanding, all-round academic school

Active and creative school

School that educates children from all around the world

School that offers peer-to-peer learning and collaboration

Inclusive, family feel

Huge amount of parental support

Extraordinary, thriving enrichment programme

Find out more
Meet the Head: Mr Nick Brain

With 25 years of teaching experience within a range of educational settings, Nick has gained a real insight into the provision of high quality educational experiences. Prior to joining Sherfield in September 2018, Nick was Executive Headteacher of two exceptional senior schools in South Wales, with more than 2500 students.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

The incredible positive impact you can have on the future of so many young people is definitely a big attraction.  Every day is a new experience and daily interactions with children provides a real spark and excitement to life.  Coming from a family of educators, it might sound inevitable that I join the profession!  Even from a young age I was always eager to lead, coach and support others and as my interest grew through working more with children in the UK and abroad, my desire to embark on a teaching career grew.  I really believe that the opportunity to teach is a privileged position and with passion and commitment you can make such a difference.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

I have been very fortunate in my career to work in many outstanding environments and learn so much through such varied experiences.  There are many highlights which include regional and national recognition for the successes in different schools, however I would have to say that leading an environment, which enables children to flourish and thrive with a smile on their faces every single day has to be the greatest highlight that just keeps on giving!  The ethos and culture at Sherfield School most definitely typifies this approach.

What does a successful school look like to you?

First and foremost, the learning environment needs to be warm, friendly and supportive, built on positive relationships between all members of the school community.  With a strong base of support, including positive well-being, happy and vibrant learners eager to get involved, children will be curious and creative, solving problems every single day.  With a strong academic core coupled with varied and enriching co-curricular and wider curricular experiences, children will experience a passion and love for learning whilst also developing as well-rounded, global citizens ready and equipped to succeed in life.  

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

This is a very difficult question to answer I have to say!  There are many really important qualities which are all so important.  I suppose, if I have to provide one, then I would say humility is often a very understated quality that can be forgotten.  We always talk about positive mindset, building confidence, being creative and connecting with others.  Underpinning this is a real sense of humility which enables learners to understand emotional intelligence and the subtleties surrounding getting the best out of life and other people in the best possible way whilst staying grounded and humble at the same time.

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

Warm, friendly, engaging, child-centred, positive.

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.