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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 2022, Charlie Jenkins BA PGCE, previously senior deputy head. Before joining Shebbear he was deputy head (academic and co-curricular) at Licensed Victuallers' School, Ascot and prior to that he was head of geography and assistant boarding housemaster at Pangbourne College. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, running, kite surfing and walking his dog, Ted.

Since 2017, head of prep school is Matthew Foale BEd MSc. A Devonian born and bred, his further education took him to Cheltenham and Bristol, followed by several years at eminent London prep schools before taking on the headship of Kelly Prep (later Mount Kelly) back on his home turf. The long, though beautiful, commute from his home in Plymouth is worth it for the ‘inspirational’ children at Kirby. The happiness of those children...

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