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Shebbear College

Shebbear, Devon, England

Shebbear College, Shebbear, Devon, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Shebbear College

Shebbear, Devon, England


Shebbear College, Shebbear, Devon, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Founded in 1829, Shebbear College is set in 85 acres in the midst of some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside, within easy reach of Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and some of the UK’s best surfing beaches. Being a relatively small school means the staff get to know all the pupils and can focus on them as individuals in a warm family environment. The College’s Methodist heritage and values permeate throughout, as it seeks to provide a Foundation for Life, preparing pupils for success after school.

At a glance

Age range: 11 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 210 / Boys: 126 / Girls: 84
Percentage of boarders: 15%
Percentage of International pupils: 7%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 35
Average class size: Senior school: 18 / Sixth Form: 7
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £11,500
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Rugby, Football, Cricket
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Cricket
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: Bristol (156km), Heathrow (315km)


The College offers 17 A Level subjects along with 2 at BTEC and the EPQ. The new Sixth Form Centre offers an adult working environment with modern facilities and the variety of wildlife areas on site is perfect for work in the refurbished Biology lab. On average 30% of A Level candidates achieve A*/A and a third of leavers go on to Russell Group Universities. Personal Tutors stay with Sixth Formers for 2 years, overseeing their development, workload and progression to Higher Education.


The 3 warm and friendly boarding houses (2 boys, 1 girls) with spacious shared bedrooms and living rooms are homes from home and all the school’s facilities are available to pupils in their spare time. Regular Sixth Form tutorial sessions help with study skills, personal finance and CV writing. The range of extra-curricular activities has an outdoorsy feel, with surfing, paintballing, hill-walking and cycling all on offer, along with interhouse competitions and an annual Christmas extravaganza!


Sport is considered highly beneficial for physical, social, cultural, and mental well-being and so all pupils are encouraged to take part in some form – there is an extensive fixture list against other schools as well as plenty of interhouse competition. Facilities include a Gym, a Weights room, a Sports Hall, a Dance studio, all-weather Tennis/Netball courts, a Hockey Astroturf, and a pavilion. A regular sports tour for Cricket, Netball and Football teams goes to Barbados & St Lucia.

Creative arts

Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the Arts and enjoy being creative – Art facilities include studios for Pottery, Textiles and Painting. Both the Assembly Hall and the Memorial Hall have stages and up to date audio-visual and lighting equipment. The new Music Centre has a specialist keyboard suite, a recording studio and multiple recital rooms and performance spaces. The 3 choirs and numerous ensembles have termly formal performances whilst gig nights cater for less classical tastes.

Did you know?

  • The College is proud to have received a Gold Music Certificate from the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
  • The School enters the annual Ten Tors Challenge, where 400 teams of 6 teenagers navigate their way 35-55 miles (depending on age) across the wilds of Dartmoor over a 48-hour period.