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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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Life at Shebbear is busy, filled with academic purpose, co-curricular activity, creative discovery and outdoor adventure. Everyone is known and cherished and life-long friends are made within our supportive and caring environment.

Our smaller size means that our staff know all of our pupils individually, meaning that each child can discover their own strengths and find the confidence to shine.

Every pupil is different and our team of passionate and committed teachers will find each individual’s spark and discover what motivates them, fostering enthusiasm and optimism in everyone.

At Shebbear we believe in a broad, extensive education where pupils excel in all areas of the curriculum. Our pupils are encouraged to challenge themselves, take risks, be innovative, enjoy learning, make mistakes and try again.

Shebbear College is so much more than a school. We are a community where every single girl and boy is nurtured, respected and encouraged to maximise their potential, embrace every opportunity and be themselves every single day.
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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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