Head: Mr Phillip Stapleton
With a total of around 655 pupils in the school, we'd like to tell you a little more about us.
The highest performing co-educational day and boarding school in the South West peninsula and a Top 40 UK Independent co-ed boarding school.
20 minutes from Woolacombe beach – one of the closest surfing beaches to London! Mental and physical well-being are very important to us and we make the most of our stunning location to ensure our pupils have access to fresh air, space and exercise.
Forward Thinking – we are a school that has adopted a genuinely innovative approach to education, focusing beyond the classroom and developing important life skills.
Shortlisted for Boarding School of the Year – in the TES Independent School Awards 2019 and again in 2020, by Independent School magazine.
A place where children stay younger longer – It is a place where they can grow and develop at their own speed.
The place where we focus on the PIE philosophy, offering Personalised, Innovative and Excellent opportunities for our students.
A family – a home away from home.
A hot house school – putting children under unnecessary pressures to succeed, eroding their love of learning and reducing their self-esteem.
A school that believes that academic achievement creates the full person. We look for qualities beyond the confines of the classroom and nurture passion, drive and enthusiasm.
Old fashioned? Quite the opposite. Our modern and state of the art facilities ensure our students benefit from contemporary teaching methods, using the most up-to-date IT systems and are exposed to a wide range of opportunities and information that will enable them to make informed decisions about their futures.
Durham University’s ‘Academic Value Added’ research published in February 2016 revealed: “Once prior attainment, socio-economic background and gender are taken into account, pupils aged 16 in independent schools have gained the equivalent of two additional years of schooling compared to their state school peers.”
Attending an independent school from the prep years generates superior pupil performance at the ages of 4, 8 and 10. When family background and prior educational attainment are allowed for, independent school pupils will have earned £58,000 more than their state peers by the age of 42.