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Sherborne Area Schools' Trust

After years of working together, research, meetings and consultation with stakeholders, St Mary's made the decision to convert to Academy Status with six other Sherborne Schools forming the area's first Multi Academy Trust. As successful schools with strong historical links, we were determined to shape our own destiny in the ever changing educational landscape.

The original member schools are:
St Mary's CE Primary, Bradford Abbas; Sherborne Abbey CE Primary; Thornford CE Primary, Buckland Newton CE Primary. Sherborne Primary; St Andrew's in Yetminster and the Gryphon School.

New schools joining since set up: St Mary the Virgin Primary, Gillingham, Okeford Fitzpaine Primary, Fontmell Primary School, Shaftesbury Primary School, Motcombe Primary School,  King Arthur's Secondary School Wincantion, Charlton Horethorne CE Primary School and Shillingstone Primary School.

We are excited by the opportunities that this new journey will bring, for the children, parents and staff. In time, our MAT aims to be a national beacon of excellence.

Our values:

Partnership and Collaboration

Our schools support each other, by sharing expertise and resources, to ensure improvement

Pursuit of Excellence

We provide a high quality education to enable all students and staff to aspire, thrive and succeed

Holistic Lifelong Learning

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

Equality and Distinctiveness

We celebrate the individuality of each school and all in it. We are proud to be at the heart of our local communities.


To contact SAST: 

Sherborne Area Schools' Trust
St Aldhelm’s House
Bristol Road

01935 811066

Shaftesbury Office:

Salisbury Road, Shaftesbury, SP7 8ER


SAST admissions policy 

SAST policies 

Trust accounts 

Trustees and Members 

Articles of Association 

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