Dorset, United Kingdom
About Sherborne International
Sherborne International was founded in 1977 as the original International Study Centre. Its early mission was simply to help non-native English speaking boys from overseas to prepare to sit Sherborne School’s entry examination. However, its aim now is to prepare both boys and girls from overseas to join any school within the British independent school system. As well as Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls, many of our 100+ leavers each year move on to well-known independent schools such as Badminton, Cheltenham, Epsom, Roedean and Clifton College.
The School has up to 150 students on the roll. All students are full boarders, and so Sherborne International teaches a six-day week, which includes Saturday mornings. Other intensive courses are run from the campus and boarding houses at Easter and during the summer each year. Students are taught in small groups, usually in classes of up to eight. There is heavy emphasis on English language improvement, general academic progress and cultural adjustment to the British educational system. Students typically stay at Sherborne International for one year, but some may stay for up to three years. There is a popular one-year I/GCSE programme which each year attracts more than fifty students.
Sherborne International and Sherborne School are both part of the same charity with the same Group Executive and Board of Governors but are registered with the Department for Education as separate schools. Sherborne International is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (and accredited by the Independent Schools Association) and is also accredited as an International Study Centre by the British Council.