Welcome to the Senior School

Life in the Senior School is busy, filled with academic purpose, cocurricular activity, creative discovery and outdoor adventure. Every pupil can excel here, and our experienced staff help each individual to identify their strengths and to develop them, whilst at the same time encouraging them in other areas, building confidence and resilience.

Learning here at Shebbear College is active, creative and pupil-centered. We believe in setting high standards for our pupils; and our small class sizes, compassionate teachers and individual approach means that we are able to work with each child individually to achieve things that they may think are not possible!

Our pupils are welcoming, supportive, thoughtful and kind. We understand that for young people to thrive they must be happy at school and are proud of our excellent pastoral care and wellbeing programme. We celebrate individuality, promote self-awareness and encourage every pupil to be the best version of themselves so that they can succeed at school and beyond.

Our Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In Forms One, Two and Three (Years 7, 8 and 9) pupils follow a varied curriculum, providing a thoughtful transition from the much smaller world of Prep or Primary school and a path to GCSEs. Learning is both active and retrospective, with projects, coursework and activities reinforcing and illuminating what pupils learn in the classroom. Our extensive co-curricular programme offers our pupils a wide range of experiences to assist their development into caring, confident and capable young people.


At GCSE (Forms 4 and 5 / Years 10 and 11), Shebbear is unusual in that the choices available are designed to meet the pupils requirements as far as possible.

Staff liaise closely with both parents and pupils to ensure that the most suitable combinations of subjects are considered.  Normally pupils study nine subjects but many take the opportunity to follow more. Academic progress is monitored by a series of grades, reports and regular Parent-Teacher meetings.

Find out more about our Senior School curriculum here.

Find out more about our excellent Academic Support programme here


For information on our Senior School Departments, please click here.

Academic Results

Read about our outstanding A-level, BTEC and GCSE Results here.

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