Shaftesbury School: Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK

Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom

Shaftesbury School: Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK

Price Range ₤ 0-20,000 per annum


One of the best state boarding schools UK!

Shaftesbury School is one of mixed 11-18 state boarding high schools in UK with excellent facilities on the edge of the ancient town of Shaftesbury, county of Dorset. This state boarding school benefits from an abundance of outdoor space for PE and games, reflecting its Sports College status. This is complemented by modern facilities including floodlit all-weather playing pitches, a superbly equipped fitness suite, climbing wall, gymnasium and dance studio. We are proud of our commercial catering facility with restaurant, and enviable facilities for Art and ICT. The former school chapel provides an atmospheric and unique venue for the teaching of Drama. We promote the highest expectations of our students, and encourage each individual to be the best they can be. At the heart of this top state Boarding school are the values of our Christian Foundation, the ideals of the Olympic movement and the spirit of internationalism. We encourage all students to take an active role in school life through our House system. On entry to the school students are assigned to one of four houses, each named after a famous Olympian – Thompson, Redgrave, Owens and Sanderson. Tutor groups comprise students from years 7 – 11, and older students act as mentors for younger students, encouraging and guiding them. Our boarding residence at Barton Hill House provides accommodation for over 100 boarders. Many of these students travel to us from all over the world, enriching our learning environment through their diverse cultures, faiths and traditions.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 75 75 150
Day School: 461 462 923
Year of foundation:
Some history:

The Sixth Form Boarding School can trace its origins back to the creation of the Grammar School in Shaftesbury in 1630. Today our dedicated and experienced team of teachers is committed to ensuring that every student achieves their full potential. Our latest report by the independent ALPS organisation puts us in the top 20% of schools nationally for A-Level value added while our curriculum review has seen us expand significantly the range of Level 2 courses offered. Therefore, whether you are aiming for Oxbridge or to enter employment after Sixth Form, Shaftesbury and Sturminster Sixth Form will help you make the best of yourself and achieve the qualifications you need.

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Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 10, 800 per year

About the school

Dorm Facilities:

Boarding  School in Shaftesbury enjoys a well-established and rich heritage dating back to 1898. Barton Hill House, a short walk from the main School, was developed to accommodate boys and girls in 1994, and the school is proud to be one of only 38 state boarding schools in England. Following a £3 million refurbishment over the last few years, the Barton Hill House of today provides a modern comfortable home for over 100 students. The latest addition to the complex is a block of 24 en suite, single study bedrooms for sixth formers.

Academic life

What we offer? In Years 7 to 9, a similar programme is taught to all students, embracing all of the following subjects. Art and Design Citizenship Design & Technology Drama English Geography History ICT Languages Maths Music PE Religious Education Science Students are taught in the same class in Year 7, except for Mathematics and French/Spanish. This subject operates a system of “setting”. In Years 8 and 9, students are also “setted” in Science. Towards the end of Year 9, students prepare for the programmes of study that they would wish to pursue in Years 10 and 11. Details of the process of selecting subject preferences are provided in the KS4 Options booklet which is given to all students in the Spring of Year 9.

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