Sherborne House School
39 Lakewood Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 1EU, Hampshire
Co-educational Day Preparatory & Nursery
|Head of School||Mrs Cordelia Cripps|
|Date Appointed||September 2023|
|Co-ed Age Range||6 months-11 years|
Sherborne House School is a small co-ed day school just outside of Chandlers Ford. Sitting in four acres of woodland, in the quiet village of Hiltingbury, it caters for 272 pupils between the ages of 6 months and 11 years, with average class sizes of just twelve.
The school was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in July 2021, which rated it 'excellent in all areas'. Being part of Bellevue Education, a world-class group of exceptional schools, Sherborne House remains dedicated to providing the best possible education to their children.
In addition, personal development at the school was ranked Excellent in the last ISI report and is something the school is particularly proud of. "We tell the children all the time to make the most of every opportunity they’re given. That really does prepare them for the future in which they can embrace and explore everything that comes their way."
The nursery provision from 6 months to 4 years is award winning. Fully renovated in 2020, the nursery takes children aged between 6 months to 3 years. Close, nurturing attention is paid to the small classes and weekly specialist French, music and P.E. lessons for those aged two upwards.
Through the purposeful and busy atmosphere within the school gates, it is evident that each child at Sherborne House is encouraged to explore. The children learn by pursuing their own interests, cultivating their curiosity, developing tenacity and providing the confidence to own their own voice.
The school's language of learning encourages children to reflect on the mental processes and the skills they use and apply in their self-driven learning journey. Rather than simply praising success (or a final outcome), they celebrate effort, persistence and positive attitudes to the frequent challenges in the process of learning. By empowering their children to develop their ‘learning to learn’ skills, the school aims to improve outcomes for all.
Sherborne House boasts a curriculum which is irresistible; allowing children to embrace challenges with resilience and to enjoy the effort and mistakes that come with learning. Indeed, children at Sherborne House are evidently intrigued by the how and why of mistakes made; acting on constructive feedback and offering praise for a job well done. This visibly consistent approach was articulated most profoundly to us by children during our visit. When talking about their learning, the children spoke proudly about the focus their teachers have on relevance, on their interests and on fun; 'Our teachers listen to us and we lead our learning with their support.'
This is mirrored in the school's aim; to engender confidence in exploration entwined with awe about learning - to sew a golden thread which interweaves throughout a child's life enabling their enquiring mind, to go on to write their own extraordinary story.