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  • Plymouth College Preparatory School
    Saint Dunstan's Abbey
    The Millfields
    PL1 3JL
  • Head: Mr Christopher Gatherer
  • T 01752 201352
  • F 01752 201351
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Plymouth
  • Pupils: 210
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £7,995 - £10,605 pa
  • Open days: November, March, June or by appointment.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Plymouth College

What says..

Children are taught ‘not to fear failure.’ Pupils we saw and spoke to were confident, articulate and very keen to answer questions. Parents said, ‘The school are adept at identifying strengths and encouraging individuality, whilst gently exposing them to new ideas and challenges within their capability.’ Early years is about learning just as much as play, and the two are very much inter-linked. The annual ‘messy Monday’ for reception involves a great deal of puddle jumping, as well as collecting leaves and sticks to analyse (and paint) later...

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What the school says...

The primary aim of the School is to prepare children for the next step of their education at the age of 11, ensuring that they are articulate and have taken full advantage of an education designed to stimulate the development of each child both intellectually and socially. We have two libraries, an ICT suite, a well-equipped laboratory, art room, music room and a Sports Hall which blends a state-of-the-art school with beautiful historic buildings. There are specialist teachers in Mathematics, English, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music and French. There is also a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Every effort has been made to consider the needs of modern teachers and pupils to create an environment second to none. Entry is by interview and assessment. Application forms can be obtained from the Secretary and appointments to view the school are welcome. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2007, Christopher Gatherer BA Cert Ed. Originally from the northwest, studied English at Keele. Taught at Sherborne, then joined Plymouth College in 1982 as head of year 7 in the senior school. Teaches drama and PSHE to years 5 and 6 and takes storytelling sessions in reception once a week. ‘The head teacher has a wonderful rapport with the children which he establishes early on by telling the children stories about his "Wolfie" character.’ Popular with parents too: ‘He takes pride in the successes (big and small) of each individual and is quick to praise good behaviour or discipline unacceptable behaviour. A remarkably energetic and motivated man who the children look up to.’ Another parent summed him up by saying, ‘He clearly loves his job and is very good at it!’


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