A Welcome from the Head

I am delighted to welcome you to Shebbear College. We are a thriving boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. Life at Shebbear is busy, filled with academic purpose, cocurricular activity, creative discovery and outdoor adventure.

With fine educational experience since 1841, our aim at Shebbear is to provide every young person with a Foundation for Life in the 21st Century, where our pupils can challenge themselves, take risks, be innovative, enjoy learning and develop a wide variety of skills fit for their future. To join Shebbear is to join a community where everyone is known and cherished and life-long friends are made within our safe and happy environment.

At Shebbear we believe in a broad, all-round education where we cultivate and foster enthusiasm and optimism in every individual. We seek to develop skills of team-work, open-mindedness, enquiry, perseverance, compassion, balance, resilience and reflection in every young person. Shebbear is so much more than a school. We are a community where every single girl and boy is nurtured, respected and encouraged to maximise their potential, embrace every opportunity and be themselves every single day.

It is my absolute privilege to lead our thriving community where we all collectively work together to develop our young people and their passions. We know that a progressive and well-rounded education is more important than ever in today’s world, where happy and confident children are likely to be more successful. At Shebbear we have all the essential ingredients to ensure our boys and girls thrive in our modern world.

Our website can only give you a glimpse of our beautiful 85 acre campus and our genuinely warm community. We are perfectly located between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, with close proximity to the stunning south-west coast and just a short drive from the City of Exeter. Please come and visit us and our Shebbearians will welcome you with open arms.

As Head and as a parent in our wonderful school and community, I very much look forward to meeting you in person.

With warmest wishes,





Caroline Kirby