Our School

Shebbear College is one of the oldest schools in Devon and draws upon over one hundred and seventy years of history in shaping its values and outlook.

Pupils are educated within an 85 acre campus in one of the safest areas in the UK. The school is known for its pastoral care and its relatively small size (350 pupils) meaning that each child is known and treated as an individual.

The College has a unique sense of community centred upon Christian teaching, but whilst the school honours its illustrious past it has its sights set firmly on the future, embracing innovations in thought, technology and education.

The best way to learn about the College is to come and visit us, but we hope our website will give you an excellent flavour of the school.

In 2016 Shebbear College will celebrate its 175th year and is proud to continue offering a fine education.

175 Years of Fine Education:

  • ‘Excellent pastoral care and boarding’ – ISI Report
  • ‘Excellent boarding facilities’
  • Small class sizes
  • Co-education on the same site for ages 3-18
  • A forward thinking and innovative curriculum
  • 41% A*- A at GCSE
  • 76% A*- C at A2 level
  • 96% of recent Sixth Form leavers went on to university
  • Strong sporting tradition with fixtures from Truro to Taunton
  • Wide participation in Ten Tors and D of E
  • Meals included in fee
  • Free daily buses for day pupils from Bude, Launceston, Okehampton, Lifton, Bideford, Hartland, and Bradworthy

Our aim is to educate each pupil to achieve his or her potential by encouraging the highest possible standards of attainment and behaviour through a balanced, flexible and challenging curriculum.

Entry to the College is not selective and yet students consistently outperform national trends. Despite the relatively small size of year groups the College participates in a strong fixture lists against all of the major sporting schools in the South West. All pupils participate in a daily extra-curricular programme which includes outdoor education, music and drama of the highest calibre.

By providing a supportive and nurturing environment, Shebbear develops a pupil’s sense of self worth, enthusiasm for learning and optimism for the future. We foster responsibility, tolerance, commitment and respect, both for the individual and for society. Set in a wonderful rural environment, the college has a unique sense of community.

Not far from Exeter City, Okehampton and Bideford, Shebbear College is easily accessible and offers transport assistance to and from main UK airports for our international pupils.

We believe traditional values strengthen an individual’s self-discipline and character providing an awareness of the world and others, equipping young people for their lives beyond Shebbear.

Shebbear College seeks to prepare all its pupils for adult life by challenging and expanding young minds and in teaching both personal and social responsibility.

We take great pride not only in our pupils’ academic successes but also in the well-rounded, caring and well-motivated young adults who have a clear knowledge of right and wrong and who are comfortable and confident in their surroundings.

Shebbear College is an independent UK school offering co-educational day and boarding education for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, located in rural North Devon, England.

We invite you to come and see for yourself what makes Shebbear College so special. We will be delighted to show you around.

Click here to read our most recent ISI Report.