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SAST is a multi-academy trust of 17 schools across North and West Dorset and South Somerset

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"The more you learn, the more you know, the more you learn"

We are proud to be at the heart of our local communities.

We promote the personal development of every child and a love of lifelong learning for our students and staff

Welcome to the Sherborne Area
Schools' Trust

We are a special collaboration of high performing primary and secondary schools, seeking to ensure an excellent and sustainable 0-19 education for children within our communities across Dorset and Somerset.


Boarding Provision at Shaftesbury School is saved!

After a period of uncertainty regarding the continuing provision of state boarding at Shaftesbury School, the Trust has now announced that boarding will remain available on the site for the foreseeable future....


Rugby Success for Sherborne Abbey Primary School!

Year 6 pupils at Sherborne Abbey CE Primary School are celebrating after winning the Yeatman Hospital’s 70th anniversary rugby tournament. Organised by Leweston School as part of a year of celebrations, the...


Gryphon students complete the Ten Tors Challenge!

Gryphon students took part in the renowned Ten Tors Challenge last weekend, with one team wearing original kit from the 1960s to commemorate the 60th Ten Tors event. The challenge had involved...


Sherborne Primary School awarded ‘Plastic-free School’ status

Sherborne Primary School is now a ‘Plastic-free school’ after achieving accreditation from Surfers Against Sewage. Plastic Free Schools is a pupil-led initiative designed to help guide schools through the process of ditching...


Gryphon Headteacher appointed Lay Canon by Salisbury Cathedral

Nicki Edwards, Headteacher of The Gryphon School in Sherborne, has been appointed as a Lay Canon by invitation of The Right Revd. Karen Gorham, Acting Bishop of Salisbury. One of five new...


Shaftesbury Primary celebrates GOOD Ofsted report

Shaftesbury CE Primary School is delighted to have been recognised as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, following an inspection before Easter. The school had previously been rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ following inspections in both...


SAST Spring Newsletter out now

Please click the link below to read the latest news and developments from across our family of schools:


Welcome to our new Finance Director

Today we welcome Peter Knell as our new Finance Director for SAST. Peter will be leading our Finance team, and will work closely with both the CEO and Trustees in developing, implementing...


Public consultation on the proposed removal of boarding provision at Shaftesbury School

THIS CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSAL TO CLOSE BARTON HILL HOUSE HAS NOW FINISHED. Variation to Admissions Due to the proposal outlined below, we are also running a separate consultation on the removal...


World Book Day

This World Book Day we are thinking about the people of Ukraine, and have put together a list of book recommendations that we hope will help children learn about humanity, hope and...


Our latest SAST newsletter is available now

Our half termly newsletter is out now, featuring news from the trust and our schools...  

Our Schools

Primary Schools

Buckland Newton CE Primary School

Buckland Newton, Dorchester, DT2 7BY
01300 345393

Charlton Horethorne CE Primary School

Sherborne DT9 4NL
01963 220345

Motcombe CE Primary School

Church Road, Motcombe, SP7 9NT
01747 852018

Okeford Fitzpaine CE Primary School

The Cross, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford Forum DT11 0RF
01258 860530

Shaftesbury CE Primary School

Wincombe Lane, Shaftesbury, SP7 8PZ
01747 852901

Sherborne Abbey CE Primary School

Lenthay Rd, Sherborne DT9 6AQ
01935 812318

Sherborne Primary School

Harbour Way, Sherborne DT9 4AJ
01935 812619

Shillingstone CE Primary School

Augustan Avenue, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum DT11 0TX
01258 860446

St Andrew’s CE Primary School

West Street, Fontmell Magna, SP7 0PF
01747 811500

St Andrew’s CE Primary School

Stonyacres, Yetminster DT9 6LS
01935 8724302

St Mary’s CE Primary School

Mill Lane, Bradford Abbas, Sherborne, DT9 6RH
01935 476515

St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School

Pheasant Way, Shaftesbury Road, Gillingham SP8 4LP
01747 824446

Thornford CE Primary School

Boot Lane, Thornford, Sherborne, DT9 6QY
01935 872706

Secondary Schools

The Gryphon School

Bristol Road, Sherborne, DT9 4EQ
01935 813122

Harbour Vale School

Simons Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4DN
01935 814582

King Arthur’s School

West Hill, Wincanton BA9 9BX
01963 32368

Shaftesbury School

Salisbury Road, Shaftesbury, SP7 8ER
01747 854498


Little Adventurers

Buckland Newton Primary School, Buckland Newton, Dorchester, DT2 7BY

Shooting Stars Nursery

Pheasant Way, Shaftesbury Road, Gillingham SP8 4LP
01747 824446