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Stunning grounds include a trout stream (ideal for fly fishing) and a beautiful lake (great for science) bordering on Dartmoor National Park. A recent team of inspectors dubbed it 'an inspirational learning environment'. Prep schools with such an array of enterprising ventures are few and far between, especially in deepest Devon. Recycling motivates the highly organised CDT department, where self-sufficiency and sustainable technology become second nature, and everything from day-old chicks to bicycle wheels finds a use. It is masterminded by…

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The Mount Kelly Foundation was established in June 2014 following the merger of the Kelly College Foundation and the Mount House School Trust.

Situated in the beautiful market town of Tavistock on the edge of Dartmoor National Park between Exeter and Plymouth, in over 100 acres of woodland, forest and green fields, Mount Kelly combines academic excellence with an outstanding range of learning opportunities beyond the classroom, impressive facilities and exceptional pastoral care.

From Nursery onward children at Mount Kelly are nurtured, guided and inspired to develop their own skills and interests with small class sizes offering an exceptional degree of individual focus. In addition to a proven track record of academic excellence via a Common Entrance curriculum, the School offers an outstanding range of sporting and cultural programmes and facilities. Mount Kelly is also renowned for its strong family culture from the Nursery through to the Sixth Form which is central to the outstanding pastoral care at the School. Every child is a member of one of four Houses and has a dedicated Form Tutor committed to ensuring that they their school career is happy, fulfilling and successful. Family style boarding is available from Year 3 at the Prep. The majority of Mount Kelly pupils progress from the Prep through to the College; however, some pupils choose to move to a different school. For those that do leave, Mount Kelly has an outstanding record in preparing pupils for Common Entrance and Scholarships to a number of national schools.

Mount Kelly is also well known for its world class coaching facility for swimming and elite training programme which are available to younger pupils through to Sixth Form. Mount Kelly has produced swimmers who have competed in the last five Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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Head of prep

Since 2016, Dominic Floyd, previously assistant head at Hazlegrove. Geography degree and PGCE from London University; taught geography at Cothill House and Westminster Under School; director of studies and deputy head at Polwhele House; head of Ashdown House. He and his wife Maria have three young children and his interests include micro-adventure, hiking, tennis and golf.


Wide ability range - tests in English and maths ‘more for benchmarking than selection,’ says head. Most entrants attend a taster day in February prior to admission. Majority join the pre-prep at start of year 3, but growing numbers delay start until year 7, transferring automatically to the college at 13.

A few means-tested bursaries available.

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Special Education Needs

Regular screening for SEN and referrals to educational psychologist. Individual education plan agreed on the basis of ed psych advice and in consultation with in house SENCO (full time member of staff), parents and our two qualified one to one learning support staff. Pupils leave timetable to attend one to one learning support lessons. Numerous pupils receive extra one to one reading sessions with a variety of staff.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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