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‘There’s no doubt they’ve upped the ante academically – you feel it at every turn,’ was a typical parent comment. Since the college snuggles into a valley on the edge of Dartmoor, outdoors-iness is in these kids’ DNA with wide take-up for the myriad of extra-curricular activity on offer. Pretty much neck and neck with Millfield when it comes to swimming and on its current trajectory, well on its way to...

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Mount Kelly, set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park between Exeter and Plymouth, combines academic excellence with an outstanding range of learning opportunities outside the classroom and exceptional pastoral care. The School, for girls and boys aged between 3 and 18, offers both day and a full range of boarding provision and currently has 575 pupils.
Children at Mount Kelly are nurtured, guided and inspired to develop their own skills and interests. Each pupil joins one of the Schools Houses, serving as a boarders home from home and a day pupils working base. Boarders comprise approximately 50% of the Colleges pupils and are fully integrated with the day pupil body. Pupils enjoy small class sizes offering exceptional levels of individual focus. Each pupil is cared for by a Housemaster or Housemistress and assigned a dedicated tutor who oversees their academic, pastoral and co-curricular progress. This comprehensive tutoring system produces happy pupils who are confident, well-rounded and ambitious.
Mount Kelly offers a high standard of academic schooling including a proven track record of 100% A-level pass rates, 70% awarded at A* B and 85% gaining places at their top choices of universities. Mount Kelly also has an excellent reputation for 100% Common Entrance success and top Scholarships to a range of leading national schools.
The School is well known for its strong commitment to co-curricular activities and the majority of pupils are involved with at least one of the following: the Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon or the Ten Tors Challenge. The Saturday School Programme, optional for all day pupils, gives the children the opportunity to explore a wide range of interests with activities from kayaking to cookery. In addition the academic staff, in collaboration with well-resourced on-site Adventure Centre, runs the innovative Learning Outside the Classroom Programme utilising activities from coasteering to creative writing on location. Mount Kelly is well known for its world class coaching facility for swimming and an elite training programme which is fully integrated within the School. Mount Kelly has produced competitors at the last five Olympic and Paralympic games.
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Head master and principal of Mount Kelly Foundation

Since April 2019, Guy Ayling MA (late 40s). A historian (master's in medieval history from St Andrews), he was previously head of Llandovery College in Wales and before that spent 15 years at Sedbergh, where he was housemaster and deputy head. A keen rugby, cricket and hockey player, he captained the St Andrews 1st XV and played for Scottish Universities.

Upbeat, easy going and emotionally intelligent - just the kind of chap about whom you’d think, ‘Thank goodness for that’ if seated next to him at dinner party full of strangers. Reflective, but also candid (was educated at Rugby during the Thatcherite 80s – ‘I loved school but it took me 10 years to get over some of the views we were taught’) and...

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