The school’s main building stands proudly at the centre of 75 acres of grass and woodland, overlooking a full-size cricket pitch on one side and six newly-refurbished tennis courts on the other.
The site can be traced back to the 12th century and is steeped in history. It is the former home of Captain John Aidan Liddell, a pioneering pilot who fought in World War I and was awarded both the Military and Victoria Crosses for bravery. Today, it is a thriving hub of learning and activity. The school has recently brought in a visionary head master, Nick Fisher, formerly of Rugby and Truro independent schools, and significant investment is planned over the next 12 months.
Academically, the school is exceptional. Last year, Sherfield was ranked fourth in the Daily Telegraph’s national league tables for A-Level results for small sixth forms. The results were Sherfield’s best ever, with 100 per cent pupil pass rate and 82 per cent A* to B. Class sizes are small and teaching is personable, enabling a tailored approach for individuals.
It is in the provision outside of traditional academia where Sherfield comes into its own. Great emphasis is placed on the arts, for example. The school has its own purpose-built studio theatre on-site, al fresco productions abound in summer and senior productions are regularly staged in the local town’s professional theatres. Mr Fisher, a physicist with a passion for the arts, has recently launched a STEAM initiative. The initiative promotes creative thinking skills in sciences and mathematics; an Arts and Science Week is planned for October.
Sherfield’s commitment to developing pupils through co-curricular activity is epitomised by the school’s partnership programme. This gives particularly talented pupils – in sport, dance, drama or music – the opportunity to balance their education with high-level training. This is reflected in Sherfield’s competitive results: the school’s tennis team are Hampshire County champions and ranked in the top 10 of the national school league tables.
Sherfield also has a unique leadership development award; the programme starts in Year 9, culminating in certification in Year 13. The school’s ambition is to develop authentic and ethical leaders, capable of influencing the world for the better.
Set in beautiful countryside and educating pupils from age three months to 18 years with a superb academic and co-curricular offering, Sherfield is the complete package. It is a place where every child has the chance to shine.
Location: Sherfield on Loddon, Hook, RG27 0HU
Students: Age 3-18 years
Average Fees: Day FOC/boarders from £9,549 to £24,399
Headteacher: Nick Fisher