Edgehill College

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Not to be confused with Edge Hill University.
Edgehill College
Edgehill College burning - geograph.org.uk - 726305.jpg
The fire at the college in 2006
Established 1884
Closed 2008
Religion Methodist
Location Northdown Road
EX39 3LY
Coordinates: 51°01′16″N 4°13′05″W / 51.021°N 4.218°W / 51.021; -4.218
Local authority Devon
Gender Coeducational
Ages 1–18

Edgehill College was a co-educational independent school located in Bideford, Devon. Founded in 1884 by the Bible Christian movement, Edgehill was one of a number of independent schools owned by the Methodist Church of Great Britain and was sister-school to nearby Shebbear College. It was traditionally the principal girls' independent school in the area, becoming co-educational in 1992. The Preparatory School was always co-educational, with boys boarding at Shawleigh beginning in 1968.


Pupils were assigned membership to competitive houses on enrolment. Since September 2003 until the school's closure these houses were named after local rivers: Tamar, Taw and Torridge. Prior to this the houses had been called Belvoir, Carisbrooke, Kiltrasna and Longfield, after the boarding houses which all girls were members of. It is also known that four competitive houses were named after famous female authors and these were Austin, Bronte, Elliot and Gaskell, with house colours blue, green, yellow and red, respectively. The competitive houses participated in sporting events as well as three annual inter-house festivals in drama, music, and poetry and public speaking. Before 2001 this system was also the basis of pastoral support with each house having a physical presence with a staff and recreational facilities.


On 5 March 2006, a fire caused costly damage to the main school. Another fire caused significant damage on 11 May 2008.

A third fire largely destroyed Kiltrasna House (derelict since 2005) on 30 March 2013.[1]

In 2007 Charlotte Shaw, a pupil, died training for Ten Tors, when she fell into a brook on Dartmoor and was swept away.[2]


On 28 October 2008 it was announced by Methodist Education that Edgehill College and the neighbouring Woodard School, Grenville College, would merge to become Kingsley School at the beginning of January 2009. This was a response to difficulty and pressure placed on maintaining independent education in north Devon. The move was triggered by a fall in pupil numbers in both schools since education reforms in 1997, and by difficult economic circumstances both locally and nationally.


  1. ^ "Firefighters tackle Kingsley School blaze in Bideford'". BBC. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Ten Tors drowning girl 'begged to leave trip'". BBC. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-07.