Basic Information & Location
Exeter School is a selective independent co-educational day school for pupils between the ages of 7 and 18 in Exeter, Devon, England. The School is very proud of its fantastic facilities and its dymic, innovative approach. Whilst infrastructure and technology are not everything, these are crucial aspects to support pupils as they learn together. Collaboration is a key feature of an Exeter education, with all pupils, at all ages and stages, girls and boys, working together in its co-educational environment.
As a community, the School is proud of the many academic achievements of its pupils and the progress that they continue to make beyond Exeter School, in higher education and the wider world. These achievements are a result of their hard work, their love of learning, and high levels of independent thought.
Pupils aspire to learn and achieve in a variety of academic challenges and assessments. Ultimately, one aim of pupils, parents and staff is for success in GCSEs, A Levels and university admissions. The School believes that this can be attained through engagement with its broad curriculum offering and extra-curricular academic enrichment opportunities, together with the expert support of teachers and pastoral staff.
Exeter School’s last full inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) was in 2014. The school achieved an excellent rating in each of the eight areas inspected. The report said the quality of the pupils’ achievements is excellent in their academic work and their activities.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
The personal growth of pupils could not be more important to Exeter School. Outstanding pastoral care is at the heart of everything the School does. New pupils are welcomed with warmth and care, and the School provides an individual approach to supporting them through their settling. Through respect, warmth and openness, the School aims to create a climate where success in all aspects of school life is celebrated.
The school aims to provide the support and opportunity for every pupil in the Junior School, the Senior School and Sixth Form to embrace their strengths and to develop the skills needed for them to flourish and thrive in the wider world.
Pupils and staff are invited to take time out from their routine and attend daily mindfulness sessions led by qualified Mindfulness in Schools practitioners.
Exeter School is a day school and as such does not have on site boarding accommodation. For international pupils who are in the UK without their families we have experienced, and police checked homestay families, with whom they can live. Their homestay scheme is managed by Gabbitas Education (www.gabbitas.co.uk) who also act as guardians to their international pupils. Exeter school keeps in regular contact with them all as their welfare and happiness with their host families is their top priority. Homestay accommodation can be arranged for our Sixth Form pupils only.
Extra-curricular & Personal Development
Exeter School believes that education in the widest sense stretches way beyond the constraints of classrooms, timetables and prescribed examination specifications. Sport, music, art and drama play a considerable part in the lives of very many pupils. Outside of the 40-period academic week, opportunities abound for curriculum enrichment, including a wide range of thriving clubs.
A typical term might include clubs in art, chess, coding, Christian Union, dance, drama, debating, design, electronics, lifesaving, Medical Society, Model United nations, photography, reading groups, sewing, science and Warhammer in addition to all the sporting clubs, musical ensembles and dramatic rehearsals, which are embedded in the programme.
The Senior School structure of clubs, rehearsals and practices allows pupils greater independence to follow their own interests and, with older pupils, to participate in running clubs for younger pupils.
In addition to extra-curricular activities the school offers a special ‘Friday 8’ programme for pupils in Year 10 and above. This provides pupils the opportunity to join either the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), comprising a Royal vy, Royal Air Force and Army Section, or the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (DofE).