Sherfield School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
0 - 18
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

Full Report
Independent Inspection Report
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
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

Progress Compared With All Other Schools

+ 0.38 A level Progress Score Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)

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School Prospectus

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01256 884800

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

“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: 30 April 2022


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

GCSE Results 2021

60% papers graded A* (9-8) 72% papers graded A* - A (9-7) 100% Pass Rate A* - C (9-4)

We were delighted to see so many smiles and tears of joy as students picked up their GCSE results.

Nick Brain, Headmaster, is proud of student’s individual achievements. He commented “students have had immeasurable anxiety and uncertainty regarding their futures recently but the academic and pastoral staff have been supporting the students through this unsettling time and we are immensely proud of how they have adapted and all they have achieved. They could have easily lost motivation but all their hard work and positive attitude has paid off and these outcomes are a real credit to them. We look forward to welcoming many of them back in September to start Sixth Form.”

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.

This year’s GCSEs have been once again modified, with a robust internal process of continuous assessment forming the basis for judgements, but they have been none the less rigorous and all students around the country going through the process this year should be very proud of all they have achieved.


A Level Results 2021

56% of grades were recorded at A* 98% of grades recorded at A* to B

Sixth form students, parents and staff are celebrating another fantastic set of A-level results; 98% of grades were A* to B with 56% achieving the very highest grade of A*. The school has for the last few years been in the top 1% of schools nationally for A-level performance and this year’s results show just how dedicated Sherfield students and their teachers are.

Nick Brain, Headmaster, is thrilled with the results. He commented “despite an unprecedented year, the hard work and motivation of our students has paid off and these outcomes are a real credit to them. Sherfield teachers are always committed to supporting students achieve what they want in life. We wish every student all the very best as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives.”

This year’s A-levels have been very unusual, with continuous assessment forming the basis for judgements but they have been none the less rigorous and all students around the country going through the process this year should be very proud of all they have achieved.

Ms Seamark, Head of Sixth Form commented “I am so proud of the A-level and BTEC results achieved by our students this year, which is testament to their hard work and endeavour, as well as the dedication of their teachers in supporting them over the last two years. I have nothing but admiration for the way that students adapted to online learning and remained positive about their studies despite the uncertainty that ensued as a result of the pandemic. I look forward to hearing of their many successes over the coming years.” 


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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.  In addition, he was an executive board member of the Central South Consortium Strategy Group, leading school improvement and school-to-school support across more than 400 schools.  Nick has been a member of an Independent Advisory Group providing advice and support to the Welsh Government on educational reform and leadership.  He was also a Headteacher representative for a Qualifications Wales Stakeholder Group supporting Welsh Government on developing skills for the future. 

Through a varied and exciting career in education, Nick has been fortunate to experience many wonderful opportunities to support young people and enable them to succeed.

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.