Kelly College

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Coordinates: 50°33′22″N 4°08′07″W / 50.5561°N 4.1354°W / 50.5561; -4.1354

Kelly College
Kelly College Landscape.jpg
Motto Fortiter Occupa Portum
("Defend your harbours bravely")
Established 1877
Type Independent school
Day and boarding school
Co-educational
Religion Church of England
Head Master Graham Hawley BSc. PhD.
Chairman of the Governors Rear Admiral Christopher Snow CBE DL
Founder Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly
Location Parkwood Road
Tavistock
Devon
PL19 0HZ
England
DfE number 878/6009
Staff c.66
Students 310 (senior school approx.)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Houses

School (Boys)      Marwood (Girls)      Russell (Girls)      Courtenay (Boys)      Newton (Boys)     

Conway (Mixed) 1st & 2nd years only
Colours Navy & white          
Publication Kelly College Chronicle (Annual)
Former pupils Old Kelleians
Ofsted Good
Website www.kellycollege.com

Kelly College is a coeducational independent school situated in the outskirts of Tavistock, Devon, with around 350 students ranging from ages 11 to 18; there is an associated preparatory school for primary school children, Kelly College Preparatory School, nearby.

The college has eight hectares of landscaped grounds, including playing fields, set on the edge of Dartmoor and including a stretch of the River Tavy, and four separate senior boarding houses, a junior house and a day house, each with its own facilities. The college enjoys a good academic reputation, and is renowned for its strength in sports, particularly swimming and rugby.

It is at present under the headship of Dr. Graham Hawley who joined the college in August 2008, succeeding Mr. Mark Steed. The college's motto is fortiter occupa portum - "defend your harbours bravely", a quotation from Ode XIV from the first Book of Odes by Horace.(1)

It offers many extracurricular activities, such as the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) and the DofE Scheme; in addition to a wide variety of sporting activities.

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1877 after Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly left the great part of his real and personal estate to Trustees, founding a charity which he directed should be called "The Kelly College", which should be for the education of the "sons of Naval officers and other gentlemen". The school opened in October 1877, under the Headmastership of Robert West Taylor, late fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, with twelve boys on the school roll. It became co-educational in the early 1970s, initially with entrants into the Sixth Form, and in September 1991 welcomed thirty one girls into the First Form, fourteen of whom became Kelly Veterans in 1998.[1]

The governing body have not yet decided whether to follow many other independent schools and a fast growing number of successful state schools by offering the International Baccalaureate or the Pre-U as the sixth form option.

Houses[edit]

The School has six houses; School House (Senior Girls House) (founded 1877), Courtenay House (Senior Boys House) (founded 1901), Newton House (Senior Boys House) (founded 1939), Conway House (founded 1975), Marwood House (Senior Girls House) (founded 1983), Russell House (Senior Girls House) (founded 2002). Conway House is a mixed house for students in years 7 and 8; the remaining houses are for students in years 9 to Upper Sixth. The college is currently undergoing a restructuring of the present house system.

Notable former pupils[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (1) Kelly College Chronicle 1997 - 1998

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