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Strong musical reputation. New music centre with recording studio and Steinway pianos in the concert hall. Plenty of musical activities and groups - choirs, orchestra, flute group, saxophone group, brass ensemble and a string group - give regular performances such as informal chamber concerts, gig nights, and more formal concerts. Almost half the boarders are from the UK, 40 per cent or so from Hong Kong and China, the rest from...

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What the school says...

It is my absolute privilege to lead our wonderful community where we all collectively work together to develop our young people and their passions. We know that a progressive and broad curriculum is more important than ever in today’s world, and we strongly believe that happy and confident children do well at school. At Shebbear, we have all the essential ingredients to ensure our boys and girls thrive academically, socially and morally.

We are small enough to be able to focus on each individual child, meaning that we can teach our pupils in different ways according to how they learn. This creates a positive learning environment for our pupils, and inspires all of them to discover their strengths and passions. We seek to develop skills of team-work, open-mindedness, enquiry, perseverance, compassion, balance, resilience and reflection in every young person.

We also like to make the most of our large, rural campus and take the classroom outside when we can. Our beautiful location in the North Devon countryside lends itself to our focus on nature and the world around us and by taking learning outdoors we remove some of the barriers of the traditional classroom, providing our pupils with hands-on, real-life experiences.

Our website can only give you a glimpse of our beautiful campus and our genuinely warm community so please come and visit us in person and our Shebbearians will welcome you with open arms.

As Head and as a parent in our wonderful school and community, I very much look forward to meeting you!
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Since 2019, Caroline Kirby (early 40s). Very much grounded in the south west in terms of upbringing and education, with a geography degree from Bristol and PGCE from Bath, her career has taken her to a range of independent schools (Dean Close, Rendcomb, Leighton Park, Bradfield) no further than the M40 or M4 until an unmissable promotion took her to Le Régent in Crans Montana Switzerland as deputy head; no coincidence that her husband Robert is a modern languages specialist and that the family are all keen skiers. Deciding that their three children should now be educated in the UK and a desire for headship brought them back. Mrs Kirby was set on finding an all-through, co-ed school with an emphasis on outdoor education to fulfil the family wish list - ‘and I have...

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