Headmaster’s Welcome



Mr Simon Weale, M.A. (Oxon).

Welcome to Shebbear College. Our school has been in existence for over 175 years, but our focus is very much on the future, not the past. To underline our commitment to providing a first class education into the future we have built a fantastic new Sixth Form Centre and a wonderful new Music building. As an independent school we have a great opportunity to provide a full set of experiences to all of our pupils which will set them up for happy, successful and rewarding lives. To join Shebbear is to join a community where everyone is known and cherished as an individual and where academic and extra-curricular achievement is far above national norms. The extremely popular annual reunion of the Old Shebbearians’ Association in London shows the special pull that this school has on its pupils and I am delighted that my own children have been able to benefit from it.

To join Shebbear is to join a community where everyone is known and cherished.

As we move forward I aim to preserve the many excellent features of this historic and successful school, with a commitment to continued improvement. I will protect the Shebbear ethos of ensuring that it is a school full of happy and confident children. I am also committed to developing the work of the Old Shebbearians’ Association in connecting and supporting the wider Shebbearian community. The support will continue to grow and develop both for pupils during their studies here and then through university and beyond.

I am proud that academic standards here at Shebbear give our pupils an advantage and opens doors of opportunity. Our pupils also enjoy a wealth of extra-curricular activities and academic enrichment which enables them to develop key qualities such as resilience, leadership, and teamwork, thereby developing a natural confidence which will serve them well in the future. These are vital aspects of the education you are investing in.

I worked in several schools before joining Shebbear. I began at the Judd School in Tonbridge, a state grammar school, and then moved to Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith where I was Head of Year and managed the school’s Activities Week. At Reigate Grammar School I was Head of Sixth Form, responsible for maintaining academic standards and preparing students for university. In my last post as Deputy Head at Brentwood School I looked after the pastoral needs of over one thousand students.

I am a very keen sportsman and I have played in and coached some very successful rugby and cricket teams. However, I am genuinely interested in all of the extra-curricular activities that we offer at Shebbear andI am always a keen and enthusiastic supporter of these.

The best way to see Shebbear is to come and visit.

Please enjoy this virtual look at our school, but the best way to see Shebbear is to come and visit.

Until then and with all best wishes.

Simon Weale,
Headmaster