Basic Information & Location
Welcoming pupils from over 40 countries and located in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City, everything is possible at Plymouth College.
Plymouth College is based in the stunning South West of England, an area where pupils will get a truly English boarding school experience. The city of Plymouth is surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Dartmoor and the picturesque beaches of Devon and Cornwall. The city itself has an award-winning shopping mall, a variety of restaurants and a theatre with West End shows – all within walking distance from the School. Plymouth College offers a wide range of GCSE and A-Level subjects and is recognised as offering some of the highest value-added education of any independent school, in Devon and Cornwall.
Plymouth College aims to educate, enrich and empower every single one of its pupils to achieve their goals. Exceptional teaching and support in small classes mean pupils achieve fantastic exam results and secure places at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, with 90% progressing to their first choice university. Recent university destinations include: University of Cambridge – Maths, Imperial College London – Aeronautical Engineering, St George’s, University of London – Medicine and many more. All international pupils are assessed prior to their arrival at Plymouth College to assess their levels of English. Specialist EAL tuition and continued support from the department is available throughout your child’s time at Plymouth College. The Head of EAL works closely with colleagues in boarding, teachers and with parents to provide pupils with the best educational experience. Pupils are also prepared for the internationally recognised IELTS exams for entry into UK universities.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
Pastoral care and wellbeing education at Plymouth are second-to-none and with more than 60 clubs and activities on offer, every pupil can find something to excite and challenge them whether it is to enhance an existing talent or harness a new skill. Boarding pupils have use of the school’s fantastic facilities in the evenings and at weekends, including the swimming pool, gym and sports hall. Academic staff run supervised homework sessions and are on hand to offer extra support when needed. Plymouth College takes pride in the quality of the food it offers to all pupils: all food is freshly cooked and prepared by our in-house chefs. There is a real family atmosphere running through our boarding community. The main house is College House: a row of Victorian villas, with two satellite houses – Thompson and The Haven. The houses are a modern, welcoming space, with boarders coming together in communal areas after homework has been finished to participate in a variety of fun activities.
Extracurricular & personal development
This holistic education is part of Plymouth’s D. Everything they do – every lesson, every form period, every activity – is a truly enriching experience for pupils and enables them to develop intellectually, academically, socially, morally and physically. Beyond the classroom, the personal development of their children is at the heart of everything they do. Through their wonderfully enriching programme of 60+ co-curricular activities, pupils learn to develop qualities such as resilience, humility and compassion, and skills, such as leadership, communication and team-working.