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  • Plymouth College Preparatory School
    Ford Park
    PL4 6RN
  • Head: Jo Hayward, Interim Head of Prep: Jo Newnham
  • T 01752 505101
  • E [email protected]
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Plymouth
  • Pupils: 139
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £8,034 - £11,094 pa
  • Open days: Contact admissions department for visit or taster day
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Plymouth College

What says..

Pupils we met were bubbling over with excitement about their new school site, proudly showing us every nook and cranny. Teaching is fun and pupils are engaged. Project based learning ensures a holistic real-life approach to education. Year 2 pupils are currently studying Shackleton and discuss his expeditions by looking at the geography of the polar landscape and the historical context and importance of the exploration; they have been reading and writing fictional diary entries for English and, when we visited, were making junk-models of Endurance. Friday afternoons see…

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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 September 2021, Jo Newnham (40s), interim head of prep. She has been at Plymouth College for 20 years straight after graduating with a maths degree and PGCE from Cheltenham. Initially joined as a maths teacher, progressing to head of maths, director of studies, head of KS2 and finally interim head. Teaches maths and is married with two children at the school; both her father and brother also came here. ‘Fantastic, 100 per cent invested in the school’s ethos and sense of community, with the managerial skills required of a modern head coupled with an outstanding knowledge of and relationship with every child at the school,’ raved one parent. Raised in the wilds of Dartmoor, she likes nothing better in her free time than to walk the moors.

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