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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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I am delighted to welcome you to Shebbear College. We are a thriving boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 2 to 18. Life at Shebbear is busy, filled with academic purpose, cocurricular activity, creative discovery and outdoor adventure.

With fine educational experience since 1841, our aim at Shebbear is to provide every young person with a Foundation for Life in the 21st Century, where our pupils can challenge themselves, take risks, be innovative, enjoy learning and develop a wide variety of skills fit for their future. To join Shebbear is to join a community where everyone is known and cherished and life-long friends are made within our safe and happy environment.

At Shebbear we believe in a broad, all-round education where we cultivate and foster enthusiasm and optimism in every individual. We seek to develop skills of team-work, open-mindedness, enquiry, perseverance, compassion, balance, resilience and reflection in every young person. Shebbear 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.

It is my absolute privilege to lead our thriving community where we all collectively work together to develop our young people and their passions. We know that a progressive and well-rounded education is more important than ever in today’s world, where happy and confident children are likely to be more successful. At Shebbear we have all the essential ingredients to ensure our boys and girls thrive in our modern world.

Our website and profile can only give you a glimpse of our beautiful 85 acre campus and our genuinely warm community. We are perfectly located between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, with close proximity to the stunning south-west coast and just a short drive from the City of Exeter. Please come and visit us 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 in person.
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Since 2019, Caroline Kirby, previously deputy head of Le Régent College in Switzerland. Geography degree from Bristol and PGCE from Bath; she began her career at Dean Close, moving to Rendcomb College as head of geography, then to Leighton Park as assistant head and to Bradfield College as assistant head and senior housemistress. She has a passion for skiing, travel and exploration. She is married to Robert, who teaches foreign languages, and they have three children.


Non-selective. Entrance exam to the senior school is for assessment purposes and scholarships. Open days and taster days, including boarding, plus induction days once accepted. Smooth transition from the prep school, which makes up nearly 50 per cent of the senior intake. Others come from local primary schools including Bradworthy, and St Petroc’s in Bude.


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