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A Level Results 2015

Shebbear College students are celebrating a strong performance at A Level with a third of all grades achieved being A or A* (well above the national average). Although Shebbear is a non-selective school, 78% of all grades were A*-C and UK students achieved a 100% pass rate. There were several excellent individual performances notably in the Sciences and a number of students are looking forward to starting at leading universities.

Emilio Aliberti was delighted to learn that his A*s in Biology and Chemistry together with his A grade in Maths has secured his place at Durham University to read Medicine. Jack Honey’s four A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry allow him to study Physics at Manchester. Julian Blaskiewicz gained straight As in Maths, Physics and Chemistry and this will allow him to pursue a career in Chemical Engineering and Tom Hill will study Maths at Bath having achieved A*s in Maths and Further Maths, an A in Physics and a B in Chemistry. Another A grade Mathematician, Head Girl Katie Trask will fulfil her ambition of studying Biomedical Material Science at Birmingham.

Headmaster Simon Weale stated ‘The A Level is quite rightly considered the gold standard of British Education and all of our students study for them. I am particularly delighted that we have had such excellent results in both the Sciences and in Maths where 73% of our grades were A or A*. However this is not just a day for the high flyers and I am just as pleased for those students who have managed to achieve the two or three A Level passes which will allow them to start the next phase of their life. All of our leavers will now be able to start on university courses if they wish to and they have shown the resilience to cope with life away from home and the ability to make a constructive contribution to society’.

GCSE Results 2015

‘Girl power’ was very much in evidence when students at Shebbear College received their GCSE results today. Three obvious outstanding performers were Hana Fletcher with ten A*s, Tabby Kirkwood with eight A*s to add to the two A grades she achieved last year and Connie Bromhead who achieved seven A*s and five As. The talented trio join five others (girls and boys) who achieved at least nine A* and A grades each in one of the school’s best ever set of results. The students can now rightly be very ambitious about their future educational pathways. Several departments enjoyed very strong results and in the separate sciences there was a 100% pass rate with two thirds of all grades being A* and A. The school’s strong reputation for Art was also reinforced with seventeen out of the twenty five Art students achieving A* or A.

Headmaster Simon Weale said ‘This is a very encouraging set of results and it is fitting that this super year group will be the first to move into our new Sixth Form building. We are a deliberately small and non-selective school and we celebrate those who have achieved five good passes to get into the vocational course of their choice just as much as those with stellar results. I am delighted that our pass rate for A*-C is almost 20% above the national average and this reflects the many advantages our students enjoy at Shebbear’.

Now in its 175th year, Shebbear College is one of the oldest schools in Devon and its long history shapes 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, around 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.