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Sherborne School is an independent boys’ school located beside Sherborne Abbey in Dorset. One of the oldest schools in the country, it occupies over 60 acres of sports grounds and operates in partnership with the neighbouring all-girls establishment, Sherborne Girls. [1]


Its academic provision is characterised by both breadth and depth, introducing pupils to relevant subject areas that help them effectively prepare for further education. The school uses a rich range of cutting-edge teaching methods, providing for boys’ academic needs through vigorous and overarching lessons in languages, science, humanities and technology. 


The enrichment division produces curious thinkers and proficient learners, who approach their participation in co-curricular activities with genuine enthusiasm. Whether it be through outdoor education pursuits and the Duke of Edinburgh Award or through workshops and debating sessions, students make the most of the school’s abundant provision, thriving in a sense of purpose and achievement. [2]


Boasting a one-of-a-kind setting, Sherborne inspires dedication to hard work, fostering a welcoming community where friendships flourish. The school is a recognised centre of excellence, whose academically challenging ethos is offset with a rich programme of musical, artistic and literary opportunities, alongside extensive sporting offerings.


13 Plus (13+) Admissions Information | Sherborne School


Open Events play an important role in the process of selecting the right school. Sherborne organises Tour Mornings each term, welcoming families on campus for a day packed with activities, including a buffet lunch with the Headmaster. 


If you decide that Sherborne School is the right choice for your child, you should proceed to register him for the examinations that take place in January of Year 7. The admissions process will also include an interview with a senior staff member. 


Offers of places are made in February, to be accepted with a payment of a £2,000 deposit. The registration fee is £200.


13 Plus (13+) Exam Information | Sherborne School


Address: Abbey Road, Sherborne DT9 3LF

County: Dorset

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01935 810403

School type: Independent day and boarding school for boys

Open days: Each term

Exam type / Board: School’s own & ISEB Common Pretest 


To join in Year 9, your child will be asked to complete an online assessment called the ISEB Common Pretest, which assesses skills in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The test provides a universal and standardised measure of attainment, ability and potential.


13 Plus (13+) Exam Format | Sherborne School


The ISEB Pretest assessment will cover the following areas:


  • English – covers comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.
  • Maths – measures mathematical ability relative to the national curriculum stage.
  • Verbal Reasoning – tests thinking and problem solving with words.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning – assesses thinking with shapes, space, diagrams and pictures.


In total, the four parts of the ISEB Common Pre-test take approximately 2.5 hours to administer and complete. There is no audio component to any of the tests.


13 Plus (13+) Practice Tests | Sherborne School


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of the ISEB Common Pre-test or any other Pre-test publisher.

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