|Motto||Ad Gloriam Per Spinas
("To Glory Through Thorns")
|Established||1829 - Founded as 'Prospect College'
1841 - Re-founded as 'Shebbear College'
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|DfE URN||113605 Tables|
|Students||342 as of January 2012[update]|
|Former pupils||Old Shebbearians|
Shebbear College is a co-educational Methodist independent day and boarding school located in Shebbear, Devon, 39 miles from the county seat of Exeter, in South West England and is one of a group of independent boarding schools that form part of the Methodist Church's involvement in education.
The college was founded as 'Prospect College' in 1829 by the Bible Christian Church and reformed as 'Shebbear College in 1841. It was originally formed for the sons of Bible Christians to train for the ministry. Edgehill College, founded for Methodist girls in nearby Bideford in 1884, was considered the college's 'sister-college'. The college became co-educational in the 1990s. In 1993, its closure was announced but the decision was subsequently reversed.
- Hallifield Cosgayne O'Donnoghue (1840-1842)
- Thomas Ruddle (1864-1909)
- Leslie Johnson (1933-1942)
- Jack Morris (1942-1964)
- George Kingsnorth (1964-1983)
- Russell Buley (1983-1997)
- Leslie Clarke (1997-2003)
- Robert Barnes (2003-2013)
- Simon Weale (2013-)
The College Today
The college is small in size and has attendance of around 342 pupils as of January 2012[update], from ages three to 18. The college is divided into three Houses that compete both academically and in sport; namely:
- Ruddle - named after the College's most influential headmaster, Thomas Ruddle.
- Way - named after Sir Samuel Way.
- Thorne - named after one of the founders of the College, Samuel Thorne.
The school is also divided into houses within boarding;
- Ruddle - The girls' boarding house - named after the College's most influential headmaster, Thomas Ruddle
- Pollard - The senior boys' boarding house - named after the Methodist missionary and writer, Sam Pollard
- Pyke - The junior boys' boarding house
- The College stands in 85 acres of grounds with a mix of formal gardens, lawns, open fields and woodland.
- Sports hall
- Fitness Suite
- 3 Tennis courts
- 7 Sports Pitches
- Floodlit astroturf
Notable former pupils
Former pupils are sometimes known as "Old Shebbearians".
- Sir Samuel Way, 1st Baronet QC (1836-1916) - Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia
- Sir Ivan Stedeford GBE (1897 - 1975) - Chairman & CEO Tube Investments Leading British Industrialist
- Sir Alfred Earle GBE (1907 - 1990) - RAF Vice Chief of Defence to Lord Mountbatten of Burma; Director General of British Defence Intelligence 1966-1968
- Patrick O'Brian CBE (1914 - 2000) - English novelist and translator 
- "Establishment: Shebbear College". EduBase. Department for Education. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Earle.htm "Biography"