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Shebbear Prep makes good use of its rural location. They have a forest school and are often out on walks on campus, learning about birds, pond dipping or naming plants and trees. One parent told us, ‘Despite a longer day at Shebbear our daughter still comes home tired, but is happy and achieving lots.’ Parents commented, ‘We did look at other schools but chose Shebbear because of its excellent reputation for pastoral care, the very good…

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Matthew Foale, head of the prep school since April 2017. Matthew came to Shebbear from Mount Kelly, where he was head of its prep school for six years. Prior to that, Matthew’s previous posts included deputy head of Orley Farm School in Harrow and director of sport at the Hall School in Hampstead.
Born and educated in Devon, Matthew gained his teaching degree at the College of St. Paul and St. Mary in Cheltenham and then a Masters degree at Bristol University.

Married to Marie-Claire (a manager in an end of life care home in Plymouth), they have three children, Jude, Bella and Mia, as well as an Irish Setter, Arthur.


Non selective. Open days and taster days available, including overnight stays for prospective boarders. Entry by application and fee....

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