Shebbear College

Shebbear College is a thriving boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 4 to 18. Life at Shebbear is busy, filled with academic purpose, cocurricular activity, creative discovery and outdoor adventure.

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    Shebbear College

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    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.

    Charlie Jenkins, Head

    Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Methodist

    Roll: 168 Boys / / 120 Girls

    Day pupils: 250

    Boarder Number: 50

    Age Range: 4-18 Years

    Founded: 1841

    Location Description

    The school is located in one of the most beautiful areas of England and boasts an 85 acre campus with superb facilities.

    We are surrounded by rural North Devon countryside, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, dramatic moors and historic cities. This is an ideal area to enjoy the healthy fresh air, wildlife, history and endless outdoor activities.

    The historic cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Barnstaple offer excellent opportunities for days out, whether educational or for shopping and recreation.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Charlie Jenkins BA (Hons), PGCE

    Contact for enquiries:Mrs. Emily Fenwick, Registrar.

    Shebbear, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5HJ

    Tel: General Enquiries: 01409 282000



    Shebbear College boasts superb facilities for all aspects of a rounded education. Our historical buildings and grounds date back to when the school was founded, and are now complimented with a range of modern architecture and state-of-the-art resources. Read more about our facilities here.

    We have a continuous programme of investment in our facilities, which currently include:-

    • Abundant sports fields, tennis courts and All weather sports pitch
    • Brand new music centre with Steinway Pianos and Recording studio with audio mixing technology 
    • Cricket nets
    • Indoor sports hall
    • Gymnasium
    • Dance studio
    • 2 performance halls with sound and lighting systems
    • Dedicated 6th Form Centre with Study Suite
    • ICT computer and Multi-media suites
    • Internet access in all boarding rooms
    • Modern Science laboratories
    • Art studios with Pottery workshop
    • Design Technology Workshop
    • Cookery room

    BOARDING – Our two boarding houses, Pollard Boys and Ruddle Girls are home to all our boarding pupils. The houses have a warm, friendly atmosphere where pupils feel happy, safe and secure and our supportive and caring environment remains central to the Shebbear College community.

    There is always someone to turn to, and our caring and experienced house staff are here to support each and every pupil. Our boarders all have a Housemaster or Housemistress and a Matron who are responsible for their academic, pastoral and social welfare, giving them the security of a family environment whilst at the same time enjoying the freedom to grow and mature.

    Within each House, the weekend activities programme is full and varied, meaning that there is rarely a moment where pupils could feel lonely or bored. Weekend activities include Horse Riding, trips to the beach where surfing, sailing and water sports can be enjoyed, shopping trips and days out.

    INTERNATIONAL PUPILS – We welcome pupils from all over the world to join our vibrant, happy school! We are home to many international pupils from many different countries. Boarding is offered from the age of 8 – 18 and all of our overseas pupils are fully integrated into the life of the school, and very much a part of our genuinely warm community.

    If you live overseas and wish to apply for a place at Shebbear College for your child, he or she will need to take papers in English as an Additional Language and Maths, provide supporting references and undertake an interview either at school or via Skype with a member of staff.

    If needed, we may recommend that a pupil receives EAL tuition if their English needs additional support to reach their full academic potential. The EAL department helps such pupils to develop both their English language skills and confidence. We develop each of the main skill areas – speaking, reading, writing and listening – while also helping pupils to understand specific subject-based terminology and language.

    The wellbeing, happiness and security of all our pupils is our number one priority and we keep in regular contact with our international pupils to ensure that they are happy at school.

    CO-CURRICULAR – At Shebbear we believe that learning should not be restricted to the classroom and as such, we place a great emphasis on our Co-Curricular offering. Activities change each term but the opportunities are endless and there is always something to suit every pupil. From sports teams to music ensembles, drama clubs, film-making, cookery, pottery, computing and a long list of others, everyone is encouraged to join in!

    Our activities are designed to broaden horizons and develop personal qualities such as leadership, confidence and tenacity, as well as learning new skills and developing interests. Our wonderful location, close to the sea and moors, means that outdoor pursuits are extremely popular. We also offer a number of enrichment trips within the UK and abroad.

    Activities take place during the school day and after school, with our buses leaving at 5pm to accommodate this.

    SPORTS – Sport plays an integral role in ensuring that all pupils stay healthy by achieving physical, social, cultural and mental well-being.  We believe that physical activity provides individuals with the opportunity to acquire and develop skills which will stand them in good stead for future challenges and ensures that pupils receive a well-rounded, broad education.  All pupils are encouraged to take part in some form of sporting activity whatever their aspirations or ability and develop an understanding of how their body works in response to exercise.  Above all we emphasise the values of commitment, teamwork, communication and enjoyment, all of which are invaluable in everyday life.

    Our fixture list for Games is extensive and competition is encouraged at all levels, giving pupils the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and achieve their aims.  For boys the major games are rugby, football and cricket and for the girls major games are hockey, netball and rounders.  Rugby 7’s is also played by the boys during the Lent Term.  The sports department also runs many inter-house games making physical activity further accessible within the school.


    We offer a range of Scholarships to reflect academic, sporting, musical, creative or artistic talent. We also offer ‘All rounder’ awards to candidates who excel in all areas of school life.

    Scholarships are awarded annually to talented pupils who will make an outstanding contribution to the school at Form 1 (Year 7), Form 3 (Year 9) and Lower 6. Scholarships are conditional upon the recipient’s active and full participation in appropriate activities at Shebbear

    Scholarships are offered are Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Sports, All Rounder.

    Entrance Requirements

    All pupils looking to join our Form 1 (Year 7) or Form 3 (Year 9) are encouraged to attend our Entrance Day in January each year. We are a non selective school and this day is simply designed to help us establish the academic ability and level of each child. For Sixth Form, pupils would need to have an informal interview (either online or in person) and meet the Head and teachers.



    SENIOR SCHOOL / SIXTH FORM: Day – £5400 – £5540 per term.  Boarding – Weekly £7,500 per term, Termly – UK students £11,050 per term

    Termly Boarding (international) – £13,225 per term

    PREP YEARS 5 AND 6: Day – £3980 per term.  

    PREP YEARS 3 AND 4: Day – £3570 per term.

    PREP YEARS 3 TO 6: Boarding (from age 8) – Weekly £7,035 per term, Termly (UK) £7,870 per term, Termly (International) £13.225

    PREP YEARS 1 AND 2: £2,300 per term

    RECEPTION: £2,185 per term

    ***All fees from Reception to Year 13 include our bus service and school lunches.

    ***All fees from Reception and prep include wraparound care from 8am – 5pm

    CONVENIENCE BOARDING: £60 per night


     Shebbear College is a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST)

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