The admission policy follows that laid down by the Sherborne Area Schools Trust (SAST). Our admissions (and selection) are conducted through our local authority based at Dorset County Council.

The children start at the beginning of the school year in which they are five. All children can start school full time, but parents can request part time arrangements for any period until the child reaches compulsory school age.

The school admission limit is 30 children per academic year and providing the year group is not oversubscribed then places can be offered to children living outside the catchment area.

To read the Sherborne Area Schools Trust (SAST) admissions policy click here.

Parents should apply for school places through the Dorset Local Authority and this can be completed on-line or paper forms can be requested by telephone.

All contact details and admissions criteria can be obtained using the link below. You are also welcome to contact our office for any support or information.


Admissions Consultation

Dear Parents, Carers and Stakeholders,

Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust is the admissions authority for all schools within the Trust.  Under section 1.42 of the Schools Admission Code 2014, SAST schools are obliged to consult with parents, carers and other stakeholders about the content of its Admissions Policy, irrespective of the policy being changed, at least every seven years.  This consultation must be for a minimum period of 6 weeks and should take place between 1 October and 31 January.

There have been no substantial changes to the Admissions Policy since the last consultation in December 2018 in terms of criteria for entry.  However, we have added to the list of SAST schools as we have had new schools join in 2019 and we have also listed the feeder schools for The Gryphon School, Sherborne and King Arthurs School, Wincanton for information.

With regard to the changes described above, you are respectfully invited to review this updated 2021/22 policy and provide any comments directly to the Trust by email or by post to the following address by 17th January 2019:


Steve Hillier, CEO

Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust

St. Aldhelm’s House, c/o The Gryphon School

Bristol Road


Dorset   DT9 4EQ

Proposed SAST Schools Admissions Policy 2021-22


The SAST Admissions policy can be accessed via the school office or via the SAST website.

Thank you for taking part in this consultation.

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