Tilly Redman’s Parents:
Tilly started in nursery at Sherfield when she was just two years old. We’ve all been very happy ever since. We felt that it was important to find a school Tilly could stay at through her school years. Changing schools can be very unsettling.
We wanted an independent school that was warm and inviting, with small classes to give the children optimum attention. A co-educational school was also important. Sherfield has a real family feel and good relationships between parents and staff. The staff are approachable and supportive.
Tilly has always loved school. She looks forward to going back after the holidays. Even when she’s poorly, she tries to convince us she’s well enough to go - a brilliant achievement by the school!
Tilly has a very close knit year group. She loves her tutor and adores her maths teacher, despite maths being her weakest subject. Tilly is really enjoying her lessons.
Partnership programme success
We particularly like Sherfield’s partnership programmes. The partnerships give students with ability and passion a great opportunity for specialist training in their chosen activity. Tilly has been on the Equestrian programme since she was eight - as an academy rider at Wellington Riding and now the Elite Team. Sherfield School arranges Tilly’s weekly training schedule and transport.
Sherfield’s Partnership Coordinator is always available for a chat and very helpful with questions. Tilly would love to pursue her equestrian activities and hopefully combine these with her interest in film-making. We will support her 100%.
We hope that Tilly continues to be the kind and thoughtful child that she has become. Sherfield produces well-rounded little adults who go out into the world prepared for their futures.
Poppy Morris's Mother:
My daughter Poppy is currently in Year 6. She loves the school and is very active in sports and outdoor activities, she has recently competed in the ISA Regional and National Athletics and cross country, regional ISA Swimming and ISA Biathlon. Poppy attends clubs every evening – multi-sports, outdoor activities, table tennis, girls gym and extreme running.
I find the communication between tutors and parents is excellent, the teachers really do know the children and their personalities well, and pupils and parents are treated with the utmost respect. Any academic weaknesses are highlighted and addressed immediately. The school is sympathetic to working parents and understands how to help with wrap around care – with longer lunch times and later finishes.
If you want a warm, friendly and encouraging school that will create a rounded happy person, then Sherfield is the place. It teaches manners and being a decent person, as much as academics
Charlie Anderson's Parents:
We selected Sherfield for our son because the school met all of our criteria. We wanted a school with small class sizes to accelerate learning and confidence. It was important Charlie went to a school that he would feel a part of and bond with. From our first meeting with the Head of Prep, we felt the sense of family that the school radiated.
In just his first term, Charlie has grown and matured beyond our expectations. He has found a confidence he didn't have before. He wakes up early every day to make sure he gets on his bus and doesn't miss a day at his new school.
Sherfield supports Charlie’s love of gymnastics. He can train at his club through the week and enter regional competitions where he is winning numerous medals. He is very gymnastics-focused at the moment. He is pushing himself to one day gain a place in the Team GB squad. With Sherfield School and gymnastics, he seems to have found himself at last.
Amelia Hudson's Parents:
We chose Sherfield for Amelia when she was two and a half years old. We liked Sherfield’s small class sizes, family feel, early introduction to foreign languages, wide range of after school clubs, affordability and excellent OFSTED reports. We felt positive about how well the children behaved at Sherfield, how happy they seemed and the enthusiasm of the teaching staff.
Sherfield can take a child through their entire school life - from three months to 18 years in a co-ed environment. Amelia mixes with children of different nationalities and faiths, with no selection criteria and Common Entrance later in Amelia's academic life. The school has provided Amelia with a warm, happy, nurturing environment for eight years.
Amelia enjoys most aspects of school life, especially science, languages, DT and learning piano. She played in a recorder group with friends and enjoys the fabulous equestrian programme. Horse riding is one of Amelia’s main passions. Sherfield supports her in this through the school’s Equestrian Partnership. Amelia has ridden since she was six. She’s had her own loan pony since she was eight. Amelia has had success in local show jumping events. In the Pony Club, she has won and been placed in show jumping and dressage activities. Due to the Sherfield Equestrian Program, Amelia's riding has improved substantially. She now has the skills to compete in the highly competitive NSEA competitions for the school. She aspires to the One Day Eventing arena in the future.
Our main aspiration for Amelia is that she leaves Sherfield with the grades to continue her education to degree level. At the moment, Amelia's main desire is to "do something with animals." She has mentioned being a vet.
We also hope she has the positive empathetic qualities of a confident, grounded individual who has the confidence to share her opinions and the skills to help others and understand others’ views.
Year 8 Parent:
My daughter enjoys life at Sherfield. She’s made plenty of friends across the school. The staff are open and friendly. The weekly feedback emails from her tutor are very useful.
The recent presentation on moving into Year 9 was also very useful. Her buddy is incredibly supportive towards her. This has really helped her settle.
Reception Class Parent:
My husband and I are very pleased with the way our son has integrated into Sherfield’s Reception Year. We are very happy with his academic achievements.
He enjoys school and has made good friends in both Reception classes. We are extremely pleased with his class teacher. He cares a lot about pupils’ emotional wellbeing as well as the academic side.
The weekly newsletters are a fantastic way of keeping in touch with our son’s progress.
Year 5 Parent:
Our son is very much enjoying Sherfield. We are very pleased with the teaching and the environment. Our son has made very good friends and enjoys the academic and sporting challenges.
We hear nothing but positive feedback from him. The teaching our son is receiving is excellent.
Year 1 and Pre-reception Parent:
In both Pre-Reception and Year 1, we have been very impressed with the new wide format touch screen boards.