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Independent Schools in Dorset and Wiltshire

Plumber Manor is conveniently located near the major private independent schools in Dorset, namely Sherborne, Milton Abbey, Port Regis, St Antony’s Leweston, St Mary’s Calne and Canford.

Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Bryanston is a school which rejoices in its motto: et nova et vetera. We're a young enough school to have a crystal clear vision of our direction and values, much of them described by our founder in 1928, and these imbue all we do here. We are proud to teach pupils to learn, rather than treating them as so many empty vessels to be passively filled with facts…encourage independence, individuality, and thinking, as well as being able to learn from living in a loving community which fast becomes, and remains, a family.
www.bryanston.co.uk


Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset

Canford is among the top co-educational boarding schools in the country, offering a high quality education for boys and girls aged 13-18 years. 

The school seeks to educate pupils in the broadest sense of the word so that they leave as well-motivated and interesting people, keen to develop their talents fully and to contribute positively to society. This is achieved by the pursuit of both breadth and excellence in a context of mutual support.

Academic results are impressive, with Canfordians consistently achieving the highest grades.   Sixteen received offers from Oxbridge in 2012, with on average 13 per year in the past 5 years.

Yet as Headmaster John Lever says ‘Great exam results are tickets to the next stage of education and perhaps that first job or two.  That is all.’  The wide range of extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities ensure the necessary contrast and the opportunity for creativity and self-discovery which is a hallmark of a Canford education.
www.canford.com


Clayesmore School, Blandford Forum, Dorset

There are too many things that are special about Clayesmore to mention them all in this homepage – the pupils, the staff, the beautiful setting, the top-notch facilities, the excellent exam results, wonderful sport, music and drama – but, as well as all those things, one thing that sets us apart is that we are genuinely a family school that covers the whole age range from 2½ all the way through to 18 – so, the whole family really can come to Clayesmore. That’s because, most unusually, we have both a Prep School (2½ - 13) and a Senior School (13 - 18) here together on the one site.
www.clayesmore.com


Hanford School for Girls, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

‘This is one of the nicest, if not the nicest, girls’ boarding school in the country’ - The Good Schools Guide, 2007

Hanford is something of a Dorset institution. A prep school for girls (age 7-13) since 1947, its distinctive Jacobean manor house, parkland, walled gardens, Grade 1 listed stables, paddocks and tennis/netball courts lend themselves naturally for use as a girls' school. It feels like the home of a large family and even looks like one with girls not required to wear a uniform, flowers from the garden on the tables, food from the walled gardens in the kitchen and sofas everywhere for girls to relax and read. Horses, riding and animals generally are a particular feature of life here but should not distract from a 100% pass rate at Common Entrance.
ww.hanfordschool.co.uk

Milton Abbey School, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Milton Abbey is, truly, a school like no other. We are small - a maximum of 250 pupils - and we have achieved what other, bigger schools strive in vain to achieve: an intimate community in which achievement in any area of school life is never rated more highly than quality of character. No one is overlooked. Everyone is famous.
www.miltonabbey.co.uk


Port Regis School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Port Regis is an independent Prep School for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13. The school is located in the beautiful countryside of Dorset in Southern England. The purpose of this site is to give you information about Port Regis and a feel for its unique atmosphere.
www.portregis.com


St Antony’s Leweston, Sherborne, Dorset

Leweston School is a Catholic, independent school for girls aged 11 to 18. Set in 46 acres of beautiful Dorset parkland the school sits just three miles outside the historic town of Sherborne.

Our motto, 'Gaudere et Bene Facere' - 'Rejoice and Do Well' dates from the seventeenth century and was adopted in the nineteenth by the School's founders, the Religious of Christian Instruction. The motto applies to pupils and staff alike and suggests not only that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well, but also that it is worth doing in the right frame of mind; one which is positive, outgoing and cheerful.
www.leweston.co.uk


St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

St Mary's is a successful thriving independent catholic boarding school for girls, aged 9 – 18 yrs, with a strong ethos based on the life and ideas of Mary Ward and we welcome girls of all Christian denominations.
www.st-marys-shaftesbury.co.uk


Sandroyd Prep School, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

When the Rev’d. Wellesley Wesley founded a small coaching establishment for aspiring Etonians at his home, Sandroyd House, in 1888, he can hardly have envisaged the extraordinary chain of events which was to ensue. In just seven short years the fast-growing school moved to a luxurious 40 acre site in Surrey complete with golf-course, squash courts and indoor heated swimming pool. Here it became a seat of learning for the sons of many of the leading families of the age. In 1939, alarmed at the prospect of imminent conflict, the Headmaster took a short lease on Rushmore House on the Wiltshire/Dorset borders which was later purchased from the Pitt-Rivers family. More than sixty years later this is still our home.
www.sandroyd.org


Sherborne School for Boys, Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne is not only one of the most beautiful schools in the country but it also offers an education of great depth and variety. We are a leading seven-days-a-week boys' boarding school in the 13-18 age group, for those who seek an all-round high quality education based on Christian principles in an unparalleled
environment. We aim to prepare our pupils for the challenges and opportunities they will face after leaving school, by demanding that they do their best.
www.sherborne.org


Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset

Boarding and day for girls 11 to 18 yrs.

We know how important it is to research all the information you need to make the right choice of school for your daughter. If you don't know much about the process of choosing and applying to a senior school please do not be afraid to contact us. Girls at Sherborne are friendly, spirited and successful. Whether boarders or day girls, they quickly feel at ease in the School's highly motivated vibrant community and thrive in the delightful surroundings of the Dorset abbey town of Sherborne away from the pressures of city life.
www.sherborne.com

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