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Sherborne School

Sherborne School is an English independent boarding school for boys, located in the parish of Sherborne Abbey, located in the town of Sherborne in Dorset. The school has remained in the same location for over 1,300 years, it was founded in 705 AD by St Aldhelm and, following the dissolution of the monasteries, re-founded in 1550 by King Edward VI, making it one of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom. Sherborne was one of the founder member public schools of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference in 1869, is a member of the Eton Group. In the public school tradition, Sherborne remains a full boarding school with boys living in one of nine boarding houses, although a few day pupils are admitted, it educates about 550 pupils, aged 13 to 18. Sherborne's A level results placed it in the top 1% of all schools in England in 2016 and 2017; the school has a partnership with Sherborne Girls, with whom it shares many academic, co-curricular and social activities. Sherborne was founded as a cathedral school when in 705 AD King Ine of Wessex instructed Aldhelm, the foremost churchman and most distinguished scholar of his day, to found a cathedral and college of clergy at Sherborne to relieve pressure from the growing see of Winchester.

It is one of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom. Anglo-Saxon masonry survives in the Beckett Room, below the School Library, a reminder that Sherborne continues to occupy part of the Saxon Cathedral to which it owes its foundation. Alfred the Great, King of the Anglo Saxons, is held to have been an early pupil of the school, a tradition supported by the seat of West Saxon government having moved to Sherborne in 860 when Alfred was about 11 years old; that Alfred's son Bishop of Sherborne, was educated at a cathedral school is regarded as additional presumptive evidence in support of the claim. Aldhelm was the first Bishop of Sherborne, the school remained under the direction of Sherborne's bishops until 1122 when its supervision passed to the abbot of the Benedictine monastery, established at Sherborne by Wulfsige III in 998; the School continued under monastic direction until the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII in 1539. The school continues to occupy the site of the former monastery.

The outlines of the monastic cloister, curious first floor Abbot’s Chapel, are visible on the walls beyond the Abbot's House. While the dissolution of the Benedictine Monastery of Sherborne in 1539 had an impact on administration and finances, Sherborne School remained in continuous operation, as evidenced by extant documents including the Abbey churchwardens' accounts for 1542, which record a rent received from the school, conclusively from a note on the certificate for Dorset under the Chantries Act, dated 14 January 1548, which records the school at Sherborne as continuatur quousque. On 29 March 1550 a formal instruction was issued by King Edward VI to re-found Sherborne School together with a good endowment of lands that the school might endure. A beautifully engrossed Royal Charter was sealed on 13 May 1550, under which the school was to have a headmaster and usher for the education of boys, a board of twenty governors under a warden. A further note of continuity was struck when the last headmaster of Sherborne under the old foundation, William Gibson, was appointed as the first headmaster under the new foundation.

When Edward VI re-founded Sherborne, he granted the school an endowment of valuable lands which belonged to abolished Chantries in the churches of Martock, Lytchett Matravers and the Free Chapel of Thornton in the parish of Marnhull. The lands with which the Chantries were endowed are predominantly in Dorset in the manors of: It has been said that nowhere else in England is the connection of the present with the past more pleasingly marked than at Sherborne School. Established in 1977, Sherborne International is an independent co-educational boarding school and governed by Sherborne School, for those from non-British educational backgrounds who wish to improve their English language skills before moving on to study at boarding schools elsewhere in the United Kingdom, it is located in Sherborne, occupying its own campus, Newell Grange, while sharing some facilities with Sherborne School. In 2009 Sherborne founded Sherborne Qatar Prep School in Doha, followed by Sherborne Qatar Senior School in 2012.

In 2005, 50 of the country's leading independent schools, including Sherborne, were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel, which had allowed them to drive up tuition fees. Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000. All schools involved in the scandal agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling £3 million into a trust; the trust was designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared. However, Jean Scott, the head of the Independent Schools Council, said that independent schools had always been exempt from anti-cartel rules applied to business, were following a long-established procedure in sharing information with each other, were unaware of the change to the law, she wrote to John Vickers, the OFT director-general, saying, "They are not a group of businessmen meeting behind closed doors to fix the price of their products to the disadvantage of the consumer. They are schools that have quite open

No More Looking over My Shoulder

No More Looking over My Shoulder is American country music artist Travis Tritt's sixth studio album, released on October 13, 1998. It was the last album to be released by Warner Bros. Records before leaving for Columbia Records in 2000. Three singles were released from this album, in order of release they were: "If I Lost You", the title track, "Start The Car", although the latter became the first single of his career to miss Top 40 on the country charts; the album's title track was co-written by Michael Peterson, who recorded it on his 2004 album Modern Man. Peterson contributes a backing vocal to Tritt's version. Michael Gallucci of Allmusic gave the album two-and-a-half stars out of five, criticizing Tritt's Southern rock influences by saying that it made the album sound "conspicuously way out of time." He thought that "If I Lost You" was strongest track. As listed in liner notes

Mr. Frank, the Underground Mail-Agent

Mr. Frank, the Underground Mail-Agent is an 1853 parody novel written by an unknown author credited as "Vidi". Mr. Frank is an example of the pro-slavery plantation literature genre that emerged from the Southern United States in response to the abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1852, criticised in the South for its negative portrayal of plantation life. However, whereas the majority of such anti-Tom novels were direct attacks on Uncle Tom's Cabin, Mr. Frank instead chooses to parody the events of Stowe's novel rather than serve as an antithesis to her work; the novel centres on Mr. Frank, a kindhearted but empty-headed worker for the Underground Railroad, where he works to help runaway slaves from the South flee to the Northern United States and onto Canada. Mr. Frank is an abolitionist at heart, but comes to believe that slavery is a necessary evil, for while it is wrong, the slaves themselves are better off under their Southern masters than they are in the North; as time passes, Mr. Frank learns of the corruption within the Underground Railroad itself, discovering that the abolitionists he works with are nothing more than hopeful slaveowners, convincing slaves from the South to run away from their original masters with promises of freedom, only to be enslaved once more.

It has been noted by researchers from the University of Virginia that the writing-style of Mr. Frank bears some similarity to the works of the English satirist Henry Fielding, famed for his satirical novel Shamela, released in 1742 as a parody of the 1740 novel Pamela by Samuel Richardson, it has been argued that Mr. Frank may be attempting to imitate Shamela by parodying Uncle Tom's Cabin, although this remains open to debate. All editions of Mr. Frank identify the author as Vidi; the identity of Vidi remains unknown, although it has been suggested by the sarcastic remarks made in Mr. Frank towards female readers that Vidi may have been male, it may be the case that James Whitcomb Riley, the author of the poem "Little Orphant Annie", made veiled references to the people behind the book. Lippincott, Grambo & Co. released the novel under the original title of The Underground Mail-Agent. For unknown reasons, this same edition was released with a second title-page giving the full title of Mr. Frank, the Underground Mail-Agent.

The publishers Lippincott, Grambo & Co. had been responsible for the release of the critically successful Aunt Phillis's Cabin in 1852, released Antifanaticism: A Tale of the South – another anti-Tom novel – in the same year as Mr. Frank. Shamela – A 1742 parody novel by Henry Fielding White Acre vs. Black Acre – Another satirical anti-Tom novel, released in 1856 Mr. Frank at the University of Virginia