Shebbear College

About Shebbear College

Shebbear College

Shebbear College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls, located in rural North Devon, UK. The 85-acre rural campus is the perfect environment to learn and achieve academic success. With superb facilities, all of the pupils have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of sports and outdoor activities, as well as creative arts, music and drama.

Shebbear College aims to educate each pupil to achieve their potential through a balanced, flexible and challenging curriculum. As a result, pupils consistently out-perform national trends and develop a sense of self-worth, enthusiasm for learning and optimism for the future.

In Years 7 to 9, the school provide a thoughtful transition from the much smaller world of the Preparatory School. In these pivotal years, offering the pupils a wide range of experiences to assist their development into caring, confident and capable young people.

For Years 10 and 11, the GCSE choices available are designed to meet the pupil’s 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.

The Sixth Form curriculum provides a range of subjects for students. Every effort will be made to take your son or daughters individual requirements into consideration, so their subject choices are met wherever possible. Devoted academic teachers and tutors will be with your son or daughter throughout their time in Sixth Form. Most crucially, dedicated UCAS sessions guide parents and students through the complex process of university applications and career choices. During their time in the Sixth Form, students will stay with their designated personal tutor throughout the two years. Tutors will help and support each individual with their workload as well as oversee applications for Higher Education or employment.


Type of School Co-ed independent day and boarding school
School Address Shebbear College, College Road, Shebbear, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5HJ
Number of Pupils 303
Pupils Prep 80
Number of Boarders 76
International Boarders 41
Age Range 3-18
Religious Tradition Christian (methodist)
Distance from Airports

Bristol airport: 114 miles

Distance from London

235 miles

School Links

Shebbear Prep School. Shebbear Senior School. Shebbear Sixth Form

Educational Programmes

1 year GCSEs, 2 year GCSEs, A levels, BTECs,  Pre-A level course, Sheb Camp: half term and holiday camps

Co-Curricular Programmes

Pupils at Shebbear College are offered a wide range of additional experiences which enrich the curriculum.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in a number of exciting and challenging cocurricular activities after school, in the evenings and at weekends.
The programme is designed to broaden horizons and develop not only interests but personal qualities such as leadership, confidence and tenacity. Our extensive grounds boast a wealth of sports pitches, tennis courts, cricket and badminton nets and a flood-lit all-weather pitch. Our Sports Hall is fully equipped for indoor sports and training and includes a gymnasium, weights room and dance studio.

The creative and performing arts are well catered for at Shebbear College, where our pupils have access to art and sculpture studios, textiles and pottery workshops. Our Memorial Hall and Assembly Hall both have stages with audio-visual and lighting equipment, enabling our pupils to present numerous productions and concerts each year.
Our dedicated Music Centre is superbly equipped with the latest facilities including a specialist keyboard suite, teaching classrooms, numerous practice rooms, performance areas, a soundproofed recording studio and a suite of computers with editing software. We also have an excellent selection of instruments including Steinway pianos and keyboards.

There is a wealth of opportunity to take part in traditional sports such as rugby, netball, football, hockey, cricket, rounders and tennis as well as pursuits such as horse riding, karate, trampolining, aerobics, sailing, climbing and canoeing.
Shebbear College has a strong reputation of sporting success. We have regular fixtures against other schools with pupils achieving representative honours at Area, County, Regional and National levels