Welcome from the Head of Prep School


Welcome to Shebbear College Prep School.

We are a happy and ambitious school and from the moment you and your child walk into the Prep School, I hope you will appreciate what a friendly and welcoming place it is. Shebbear College prides itself on its outstanding pastoral care and in the Prep School we play a crucial part in developing this at the very start of a child’s time at school.

We want all our pupils to feel secure and happy here and believe that this is essential in helping them to develop into confident and enthusiastic learners. Children who join us in any year-group feel settled and valued from the moment they start. We celebrate all of the children’s success, as well as the individuality of our pupils and look to encourage them to pursue their strengths, to work hard to improve areas of weakness and to take on many new and exciting challenges, both in and out of the classroom.

We try to nurture in every child a real sense of pride in themselves, in each other and in their school.

We try to nurture in every child a real sense of pride in themselves, in each other and in their school. We expect our children to be polite, well-mannered and committed and we believe that if our children are proud of their school and their place within it, they will get the best out of every opportunity they are presented with, supporting each other in everything they do.

As you look at the different aspects of teaching and learning within both the Pre-Prep and Prep School you will see that we provide a rich and diverse curriculum for all our pupils. This curriculum is enriched further by a range of educational visits; giving our pupils first hand experiences and making their learning more relevant and real. We also make use of the extensive grounds and wonderful facilities we have at our doorstep, and use our class teachers and subject specialists from within both the Prep and the College to deliver our curriculum. As a result, our pupils benefit directly from their expertise and their passion for the subjects they teach.

As a staff we are also committed to encouraging you as parents to become involved in the life of the Prep School, so that the ‘family feel’ continues to remain central to all we do. To promote this, we try to ensure that there is effective communication between ourselves and home regarding all aspects of school life and that all the staff make themselves available to discuss any concerns or issues relating to the children at any time.

If you would like to find out more, please come and visit us and meet our children and staff. You will be assured of a very warm welcome.

Matthew Foale
Head of Prep