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Wednesday, 07 March 2012
Shebbear College Pupils
Shebbear College Sixth Formers
ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL
St Joseph’s School in Launceston is a small Independent Day School founded in 1915, which is in the process of becoming fully co- educational by 2014. In response to this, the School has recently experienced one of its most successful periods to date. In September 2010 boys were accepted for the first time into Year 7 when, after a lengthy review, it became evident that only a move to co- education throughout the School would equip all the pupils with the life skills needed to achieve the excellent standards expected of them.
In March 2011, the School won the Independent Schools Association’s most coveted award, the Award for Excellence. The citation reads: ‘In recognition of outstanding public examination attainment in 2009 and 2010, excellent Key Stage 2 results, National recognition for music and ballet, contribution to the community through charitable fund-raising, high achievements in individual and team sports, success at all levels in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and a significant rise in pupil numbers’. Then in November 2011, the School won the Outstanding Progress Award at the Education Business Awards in London. This was a particularly prestigious achievement as the School had been identified independently of any nomination and included Schools in both the private and public sectors.
Head Teacher, Mrs Rowe said ‘The awards reflect continued outstanding GCSE and Key Stage 2 results as well as top sporting and musical achievements. We have now built a team of pupils, parents, staff and Governors who all work towards achieving, and sustaining, the quality education and outstanding pastoral care that we provide. Many of our classes are nearing capacity with more interest in Year 7 2012 than we have places for. It promises to be a very exciting year ahead.’
As a result of these successes, there is considerable demand for places in 2012 and 2013. The school welcomes visitors to share in its unique atmosphere. Taster days are available throughout the year and scholarship awards are also available for both Junior and Senior pupils. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Registrar, Rebecca Walker on 01566 772580 or via the website email@example.com
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Situated in rural North Devon, Shebbear College is a day and boarding school for boys and girls aged from three to eighteen.
The college has been educating young people since 1841 and honours its past whilst having its sights firmly set on the future, embracing innovations in thought, technology and education. At both GCSE and A-Level there is an extensive number of subjects to study with day and boarding scholarships also available. The college is proud of its academic performance and many Sixth Form pupils go on to universities with illustrious pasts such as Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Imperial. A recent report following an inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate contains the following comments:- “The pupil’s personal development is excellent”, adding “relationships between pupils and with staff are excellent” and “the tutorial system provides excellent pastoral care of pupils”. The college offers a broad and balanced curriculum that is supported by an “excellent extra- curricular activities programme” achieving a quality education for all key stages from kindergarten to a thriving sixth form with 17 ‘A’ Level subjects. The inspection report noted “results in public examinations over the last three years have been good and well above the average for maintained schools nationally”.
Of the boarding facilities the report stated “the excellent experience of boarding and the high level of care boarders receive strongly promote their personal development and they show strong levels of confidence, self-reliance and integrity”.
This report, which builds upon the previous good report, is a testament to the enthusiasm of pupils, staff and parents working together to provide excellent all round education and a stimulating experience.
Headmaster Bob Barnes stated “the future of Shebbear College is extremely bright. I am very proud to be its headmaster and privileged to work with such a fantastic group of people”.
You can read the ISI inspection report in full by visiting www.shebbearcollege.co.uk
At Kelly College our principal aims are to encourage the pursuit of excellence and the development of the whole person, in caring and nurturing surroundings, where each pupil is encouraged to develop their individual talents.
Our university uptake is traditionally excellent – and this year is no exception, with 86% of applicants already having been offered a place at university for September 2012. Pupils progress to a great range of university courses and three Kelly pupils will this year go on to study medicine; Max Byrne and Kate Newman at Birmingham and Harry Coulton at Cardiff University.
We balance a high standard of academic schooling, in 2011 again achieving an A Level pass rate of 100%, with a strong commitment to extra-curricular activities; including the Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ten Tors Challenge, Engineering Schemes, Literary and Debating Societies, Music, Drama and Public Speaking. We have recently opened a new Sixth Form Centre and Cafe which provides not only a relaxing, social meeting place, but also includes a devoted Sixth Form study area and access to careers advice.
For more information about the Westall Sixth Form Scholarship for September 2012, or to find out more about Kelly, contact the Registrar Mrs Kirsten Bailey on 01822 813193, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a visit.
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