Schools in Devon: 6 great places to educate your children

Schools in Devon

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Getting your child’s education right is incredibly important and a decision that won’t be easy. What these 6 schools have to offer will hopefully help in clarifying what you want out of a school

St Johns

St Johns - Credit: Archant

St Johns, Sidmouth

Setting itself apart from other schools in the area, St John’s provides unparalleled access to education in other countries with pupils able to study at one of our sister schools in South Africa, Florida, Hungary, Spain or Italy.

As well as its worldwide connections, the school has an outstanding academic record, being placed 15th nationally in the Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2016 and continuing that record in 2017 with 100% of pupils achieving over five GCSE qualifications at A* to C.

St John’s welcomes boys and girls from the age of 2 up and offers local fees for those living within 15 miles of the school postcode.

They also welcome local children and parents to the Amaze Me Day on Saturday 9th June for some fantastic activities – just register via the website.

Trinity School

Trinity School - Credit: Archant

Trinity School, Teignmouth

Trinity School in Teignmouth is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 3-19. They pride themselves on academic successes, excellent pastoral care and the vast amount of extra-curricular activities available for all students.

Both the commitment to academic and personal development and excellent pastoral care offer ensures that Trinitionians receive a high standard of education, as well as everything needed to succeed in life outside of and after school.

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Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, Teignmouth offers a seaside setting with a safe environment and many activities and opportunities for pupils to take part in, learn and enjoy.

Find out more on their website linked above and come see their individual approach in action at the Open Day on Saturday 9th June 2018 between 10.00am – 12.00pm, with tours starting at 10.15am. Call 01626 774138 or email to arrange.”

West Buckland Senior School

West Buckland Senior School - Credit: Archant

West Buckland Senior School, Barnstaple

Consistently the highest performing school in North Devon, West Buckland is currently rated in the Top 100 co-ed day and boarding schools in the country, based on A level results.

Unlike some ‘hot house’ schools, pupils in the senior school grow and develop at their own pace and experience the beauty of their natural surroundings whilst developing the skills that will take them to some of the country’s best universities and on to successful and fulfilling lives.

With £14 million of investment in recent years, the campus includes buildings such as the 150 Building which offers some of the best creative facilities in the country. In 2015, they added an outstanding Sixth Form boarding house with 70 single en suite rooms and a spacious new library.

West Buckland is more than just a school, it is a friendly and caring community that welcomes students from all parts of the UK and beyond.

West Buckland Preparatory School

West Buckland Preparatory School - Credit: Archant

West Buckland Prep School, Barnstaple

West Buckland Preparatory School is set in 90 acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of Exmoor in North Devon and just fifteen minutes from Barnstaple. This is a dynamic school with firm foundations rooted in traditional values.

It is continually developing to encompass new technology and innovations, but there will always be a place for courtesy, diligence and thoughtfulness at the very heart of the school.

As well as having their own outstanding facilities, their location, next door to the Senior School campus, enables pupils to access a state of the art drama theatre and art and design building, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool and modern sporting complex.

In addition, the unique and stunning location gives pupils access to beaches, national parks and historic sites, opening their eyes to natural beauty and educating them beyond the classroom.

Stover School

Stover School - Credit: Archant

Stover School, Newton Abbot

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Research Based Learning is a pedagogy that transcends the whole curriculum at Stover School, being employed from the Nursery to the Sixth Form. It defines an approach in which teachers encourage pupils to be researchers, discoverers and creators of their own and others learning, within a lesson or series of lessons which encapsulate a learning aim or objective.

By its nature this philosophy has at its heart, a hands on approach. The focus is therefore more practical, involving problem solving, discovering, experimentation and research, with pupils being given more responsibility for leading their own learning.

Recent examinations results show 38.5% of Sixth Formers achieved A levels of AAB or higher in facilitating subjects; a strong indicator of the pupils’ ability to target the best universities.

GCSE Attainment scores across all subjects were, once again, high with an average score of 50.4, compared with a national score of 44.6.

Please contact the Registrar on the telephone (01626) 354505 to arrange a personalised tour. Alternatively you can email

Mount Kelly

Mount Kelly - Credit: Archant

Mount Kelly, Tavistock

Mount Kelly, set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, combines academic excellence, an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom and exceptional pastoral care. They are a fully co-educational School for children aged between 3 and 18 and offer day, weekly, flexi and full boarding.

They have high expectations and this encourages pupils to believe in themselves, to be inquisitive, to be resilient and to show ambition both in and out of the classroom. Their pupils feel happy and valued, which in turn gives them the confidence, social awareness and enthusiasm for life-long learning needed to succeed in a fast changing world.

They challenge and develop all those who come to them at whatever age, stretching the most able whilst supporting those who occasionally need a helping hand.

Extra-curricular activities: swimming, triathlon, biathlon, DofE, DW, Ten Tors, CCF, Forest School, cycling, climbing and LAMDA.

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