Sherborne Preparatory School
|Type||Independent preparatory day and boarding|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headmaster||Peter S Tait|
|Chairman of Governors||Phil Jones|
|Founder||Rev Alfred C Clapin|
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|Colours||Blue and red|
Sherborne Preparatory School is a non-selective coeducational preparatory school in the town of Sherborne, Dorset in southern England. It is not officially affiliated with Sherborne School, located just down the street, although they once shared the same campus and many boys transfer to the school after finishing at the prep school. Pupils generally go on to other independent schools around the county, mainly the nearby Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls as well as other schools in South West England.
Sherborne Prep was founded in 1858 by Reverend A C Clapin, who was a housemaster at Sherborne School. The Headmaster Hugo Harper had asked him to establish a junior house at the school to educate younger boys. The school outgrew its premises over the next few decades. In 1885, it moved out to its own premises and became a fully independent preparatory school. It became coeducational during the 1970s, following a trend set by many previously single-sex independent schools. Until 1998, it was privately run before being turned over to a charitable trust.
Approximately 20-30% of pupils board at the school. There are two boarding houses: Acreman (boys) and Netherton (girls). They are cared for by a team of houseparents and their assistants and the resident matron.