We are looking for a boarding school for our very sporty DS who is not at all academic (lower end of his prep school in standardised tests) reachable from the South West.
Mentally, we had settled on Sherborne (described by his prep HM as a school he could have a good stab at getting into) and we have a tour morning in the diary, but browsing around, Stowe and Blundells both came up as alternatives. I appreciate these schools are miles apart, but he would be a full boarder and I am happy to drive a couple of hours to stand by rugby/hockey/cricket pitches and athletics tracks shouting encouragement into the rain.
Would there be any reason to choose either of these schhols over Sherborne, other than the fact they might be easier to get into? Or would they for that matter?
Any direct or recent experience of these schools would be particularly appreciated. I confess we are quite traditional DPs and are won over by a bit of fancy architecture and a name. We're not expecting him to head to Oxbridge, but would appreciate a school that will help him achieve what he is capable of.
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Stowe or Blundells vs Sherborne
devondad1 · 25/09/2023 16:40
Chilbolton · 27/09/2023 00:17
I have 2 DS at Sherborne, and am really happy with the school. Nobody would claim it's highly selective, but it does appear to be becoming more academic. I would say if your DS gets in, the school will stand by him even if he's not at the scholarly end of the spectrum, and there are lots of ways for a boy to find what he's great at as the extra-curricular offer is really strong. If he's a good sportsman that's a short route to success with the peer group, which makes settling into the demands and challenges of senior school easier. Blundells could be a decent choice but if your son is going to be boarding there might be the down side of too many day pupils, as the local following is strong. They are a good cricket school (at least in my DS's year). Stowe is such a long way from Devon- pushing 4 hours drive from where we are. That makes it really hard to turn up for matches, plays etc and there's no obvious rail line to take the strain. If you want an alternative to Sherborne have you considered Millfield? It doesn't have the glorious Sherborne buildings and setting, but is probably more sporty and less academic so could fit the bill.
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