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Always asking why: Placing pupils at the heart of your school

Learning happens when learning is the focus, when learning is valued and when learning is modelled. Everyone at Sherborne House School is on an educational journey – pupils and staff – and they share a common language of learning. Fiona Aubrey-Smith paid a visit


Sherborne House School in Hampshire appears from the outside to be an unassuming mid-sized primary school. But step inside and it is quite simply a remarkable hive of high-impact activity.

As the school’s recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report set out: “Pupils across all ages exhibit very high levels of self-esteem, self-confidence, and resilience, aided by empathetic teaching and affirmation. Pupils of all ages exemplify excellent attitudes to learning. Pupils are highly articulate … by the time they leave, they are highly analytical and able learners.

“Pupils enter the school with average levels of prior attainment (but) achieve well above the expected level for their age and ability by the time they leave the school.”

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