Frequently Asked Questions


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Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Please click on the links below to view the handbooks:

Early Years Centre Handbook

Pre-Reception and Reception Handbook

Junior Prep (Year 1 to Year 4) Handbook

Senior Prep (Year 5 to Year 8) Handbook

Senior (Year 9 to Year 11) Handbook

Sixth Form (Year 12 and Year 13) Handbook

Parent Handbook

Boarding Handbook

If you have a query that is not answered below or in the handbooks please contact the school Main Reception on +44 (0) 1256 884 800

What are the school hours?

The normal school day runs from 8.25am to 3.15pm for Reception to Year 2 and 8.25am to 4.15pm for Year 3 to Year 13. Wrap around care can extend the school day from 7.30am to 5.45pm. The Early Years Centre is open 48 weeks of the year and details can be found here.

What are our class sizes?

We have a maximum of 18 in each class/form but often have less this than in our Junior Prep classes and some GCSE and A Level option classes.

We are a two form entry (class) school from Reception to Year 6. We then become a four form entry school from Year 7 to Year 11.

What year groups do we accept new pupils into?

Our main entry points are Reception, Year 3, Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12.

We offer rolling admissions and welcome applications from parents throughout the school year for children from 3 months to 18 years old. As most of our pupils transition through the school from Early Years Centre we have limited places in most year groups. 

Our GCSE courses start in Year 9 so we look at applications for Year 10 on a case-by-case basis and rarely take students in Year 11 or Year 13. 

As we go from two classes to four in our Year 7 we are able to take more pupils into this year group. Our Year 7 is becoming fully subscribed by the end of the previous autumn term so it is advisable that you begin the admissions process the summer before at the latest i.e. Summer 2024 for a September 2025 entry.

What are our GCSE and A Level Results?

You can find our latest results here.

What clubs do we offer?

You can find a list of our clubs here.

What GCSE options do we offer?

We offer three year GCSE courses and flexible blocks with no compulsory options.

On top of Maths, English Literature and Language and double or triple Science, students typically take four options of their choice. As well as the standard Humanities, Arts, Drama, Technology, P.E. and Languages options we can also offer more unusual GCSEs such as Psychology, Classic Civilisation, Media Studies, Economics and Astronomy. More able students can choose to take one or two GCSE exams in Year 10. For more information please click here to view our options booklet.

Where can I purchase school uniform?

The Sherfield School uniform is available from Stevensons in Reading. Call +44 (0) 118 959 6462 to place an order or visit their online store here for Sherfield. The latest school uniform lists can be obtained from Reception.

Please see our uniform lists below:

The school has a uniform shop onsite that sells second-hand uniform and is run by parent volunteers from 'Friends of Sherfield'. 

This uniform shop will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8.15am until 8.45am and from 4.00pm to 4.30pm. We are also opening by appointment. Please drop us an email to to arrange a suitable time. 

Does the school offer a transport service?

You can find out more about daily transport to and from the school by visiting the Transport Page under Parent Info. Please contact the school for more information. 

Does Sherfield School have a Parents Association?

Friends of Sherfield (FOS) is the Parent Association for the school and arranges many events throughout the school year for the school and wider community. You can find out more here

Are there pupil leadership opportunities?

The school offers Duke of Edinburgh's Award, work experience placements and volunteering opportunities. There are also mentorship programmes and opportunities to contribute as Prefects both in the Prep and Senior school. 

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