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One parent told us, ‘She needed some additional help, but wasn’t bad enough to get any at the state primary school. Shebbear offered, gave, and are still giving her the additional support she needs.’ For a small school the teams do pretty well; the U15 and U14 rugby teams are strong (an ex-head-girl now plays in the England women’s rugby team), and the U14 cricket team recently won the Devon Cup. Recent visits by professional musicians...

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A world-class school on a beautiful rural campus. Friendly confident pupils. Our daugher did really well here. Very good indeed and comfortably the best in the area.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Business at an English Independent School (Applied GCE A level Single Award)

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Since 2013, Simon Weale MA (Oxon). Previously deputy head at Brentwood School and before that, head of sixth form at Reigate Grammar School, head of year at Latymer Upper School, London, and history teacher at Judd School, Tonbridge. A keen sportsman, he has played rugby for London Cornish RFC, hockey for the London Schools Hockey Association, cricket for Oxford University and was captain of Teddington Cricket Club. Still plays cricket. In fact, from the headmaster's house at Shebbear he can step straight onto the cricket field, something he can’t wait to do again this summer. Married with three children ranging from tot to teens.

One parent commented, ‘I like the headmaster enormously. He has a great sense of humour and is happy to listen to issues and pass them on appropriately.’...

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