A day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 4 to 18 in Shebbear, Devon

Exam Results

At Shebbear College, we focus on the individual, with our aim being to provide the right pathway for every pupil, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential, whatever that may be.

As an academically non-selective school, our public examination results reflect a wide range of pupil ability - from the high achievers that gain straight 9s at GCSE and A*s at A-Level, to those who achieve, for example, a Grade 4 at GCSE, which is an excellent result for them personally.

Our value-added output means that pupils often surpass their expectations, doing better than expected in their exams. 



We are extremely proud of our value-added output, adding, on average, 1 Grade to a pupil's exam results.

Value-added measures how much progress a child has made since their starting point, compared to the progress they have made relative to similar pupils. If the individuals have done better than they expected, value has been added, if not then value has not been added. It focuses on measuring progress based on the individual rather than overall exam results in a school, therefore comparing like with like. 

The value-added analysis shows whether progress is made as a whole at that school, instead of just looking at the schools with the highest academic results. After all, if a school is academically selective, then of course they are more likely to show higher examination results. 

We are a school which promotes excellence across the curriculum and co-curriculum and you can see evidence of this across the school. Our aim is to build confidence and enjoyment of learning in all of our pupils, which we do through our pupil-centered curriculum, our dedicated teachers and the individual attention we can offer children. 

We believe that education is a rounded experience, not just about academic results, but also about the development of the individual as a whole child. 


Every year our Sixth Form pupils achieve excellent academic results, going on to study a wide range of degree courses at prestigious universities. In 2023, 100% of our students gained places at their choice of university destination or course, and across the last five years, 95% of students have gained a place at their first choice of university.




At GCSE our students achieve highly each year. In 2023, a year where the proportion of candidates receiving the highest grades has fallen nationally, students gained outstanding results across all subjects, opening up exciting opportunities for the future. Star student Alice gained an outstanding twelve grade 9s at GCSE, one of only 125 students nationally to achieve eleven or more grade 9s.


A-Level & BTEC 2023

Results at Shebbear College

Congratulations to our Upper Sixth, who are celebrating an excellent set of A-Level and BTEC results this year, having achieved highly across the board. The vast majority have gained a place at their first-choice university destination with 42% going onto Russell Group universities.

The Class of 2023 will be studying an impressive range of degree subjects – from STEM subjects Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physics, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence and Mechanical Engineering to English, Human Geography, Law, Business & Finance and Real Estate.

Students will be taking up places at prestigious universities including UCL, Kings College London, the University of Nottingham, Cardiff University and the University of Bristol. Meanwhile, others have chosen to take a gap year, with plans for exciting opportunities including a wildlife conservation course in Namibia.

Charlotte found out this morning that she had achieved AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Spanish and has gained a place at her first choice of university; she will be studying Medicine at the highly acclaimed Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) in Canterbury in September.

‘I’m very happy as I’ve done better than I expected, and I’ve got into my first choice of uni! I’ve also had an offer from Cardiff but I think my heart is set on KMMS as it’s one of the newer medical schools and is really innovative.”

Another pupil to have excelled is Kieran, who gained AAA in Computer Science, Maths and Physics and will be reading Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence at the University of Nottingham.

Singer Songwriter Mitzi has also gained a place at her first choice of university and will be studying English Language & Linguistics at Kings College London. Alongside life as a uni student, Mitzi, who has already released two singles, will be continuing with her musical career in London.

Heads of School Jack and Roy are also celebrating places at their first choice of universities and will be reading Physics at King’s College London and Applied Medical Science at UCL respectively.

Mr Jenkins said “Congratulations to all our students who have worked so hard to achieve these impressive results, particularly as they have never sat a public examination before. This is a year group with a diverse range of interests and talents, and it is fantastic to see that they will be fulfilling their ambitions, whether that be at university, a gap year or a career. I am very proud of the way this year group have worked as a team to lead the College and wish them all the best for the future.

I must also say a huge thank you to all of their teachers who have been a huge part of the successes that we are celebrating today. As a small school, our teachers are able to focus on each individual during their Sixth Form journey in order to prepare them for life beyond school and we can see real evidence of that today.”


GCSE 2023

There was a fantastic atmosphere at Shebbear College on GCSE Results Day as Form 5 (Year 11) students celebrated an excellent set of GCSE results with friends, parents and teachers!

In a year where the proportion of candidates receiving the highest grades has fallen nationally, students at Shebbear have found that their hard work has paid off with many achieving outstanding results across all subjects, opening up exciting opportunities for the future.

Alice was thrilled to have achieved an incredible twelve Grade 9s in all subjects. “I was so nervous, I felt really sick as I came into school. I worked hard but didn’t really expect to achieve all 9s so I’m surprised but very happy!” Alice is planning to study A-Level maths, chemistry and either biology or physics in the Sixth Form at Shebbear. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do after A-Levels, but Medicine is a strong possibility.”

Sebastian is also celebrating today after gaining an impressive ten Grade 9s (including Computer Science which he took a year early) and two Grade 8s. “I’m very pleased with my results,” he said, “I was very nervous this morning and my heart wouldn’t stop beating until the moment I opened my envelope and saw my results, which was a massive relief! I’m going to study four A-Levels at Shebbear next year – maths, further maths, computer science and physics.” Sebastian, who is also a talented musician, having recently achieved Grade 7 distinction in Piano, is planning to study Computer Science at university after his A-Levels.

Three students, Lily, Darcey and Beth, travelled back to Devon this week to receive their GCSE results, having spent the summer in Australia! The girls have had the fantastic opportunity to take part in Shebbear College’s reciprocal sport exchange programme in partnership with Canberra Grammar School, an initiative offered to Year 11 students each year.

Reflecting back over the summer, Lily said, “Taking my GCSEs seems so long ago as I’ve been in Australia all summer! It’s been really cool getting to know a new community and a new school and the Australian girls are on their way to England as we speak, so I’m really looking forward to introducing them to Shebbear!”

As for her results, Lily commented that she was feeling a mixture of relief and excitement; “I’m very pleased, as I passed everything and I’m excited to be studying Philosophy, Music and Drama A-Levels in the Sixth Form in September.” 

Mr Jenkins said “I’m really pleased and proud of all our students and it was fantastic to see so many happy faces this morning! This year group have worked really hard across all subjects and it’s great to see so many of them achieving their personal best.

I wish them all the best for the future and I’m looking forward to seeing many of them return to Shebbear for the Sixth Form in a couple of weeks, when we have our biggest Lower Sixth cohort since before the pandemic. A huge thank you to our brilliant team of teachers, who have been a big part of this success, and well done everyone!”

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