|Motto||Fortiter Occupa Portum
("Defend your harbours bravely")
Day and boarding school
|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|
School (Boys)Conway (Mixed) 1st & 2nd years only Marwood (Girls) Russell (Girls) Courtenay (Boys) Newton (Boys)
|Colours||Navy & white|
|Publication||Kelly College Chronicle (Annual)|
|Former pupils||Old Kelleians|
Kelly College was a coeducational independent school situated in the outskirts of Tavistock, Devon, with around 350 students ranging from ages 3 to 18; there was an associated preparatory school for primary school children, Kelly College Preparatory School, nearby. In June 2014, the school formally merged with Mount House School to form Mount Kelly School.
The college had twenty acres (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, and a junior house, each with its own facilities.
The last headship was of Mr Mark Semmence who joined the college in 2013. 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)
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.
The School had six houses;
School house (Girls Year 9-11 boarding/day House) (founded 1877), Courtenay House (Senior Boys House boarding /day) (founded 1901), Newton House (Boys Year 9-11 boarding/day house) (founded 1939), Conway House (Junior house, 1st and 2nd form only) (founded 1975), and Marwood House (Senior Girls House) (founded 1983),
- Adedayo Adebayo, rugby player
- Dawn Airey, Chief executive officer (CEO) of Getty Images, chairman of National Youth Theatre; managing director of global content ITV; SVP EMEA of Yahoo; president CLT Ufa; chairman and CEO of Channel 5.
- Claire Cashmore, swimmer
- Sharron Davies, swimmer
- Flora Duffy, Bermudan triathlete
- Femi Fani-Kayode, Nigerian politician
- George Hacker, Bishop of Penrith
- Andy Jameson, BBC Sports commentator & former Olympic swimmer
- Ellen Keane, swimmer
- John Lucas, Archdeacon of Totnes
- Malcolm Stewart Hannibal McArthur, first British resident in Brunei
- Sir Gordon Minhinnick, cartoonist
- Hannah Russell, swimmer
- Gerald Seymour, novelist and former ITN correspondent
- Lauren Steadman, triathlete
- Mervyn Stockwood, Bishop of Southwark
- Charles Symons, Chaplain-General to the Forces
- Sir Hugh Thornton, civil servant
- Sir Richard Gordon Wakeford, RAF officer
- (1) Kelly College Chronicle 1997 - 1998
- "Rugby Union:Day of Adebayo arrives". 17 November 1996.
- "Dawn Airey to join ITV as Director of Global Content - itvplc".
- "Former Kelly College pupil wins silver at Paralympics". 3 September 2012.
- "Meet the Plymouth athletes competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland". Plymouth Herald. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- Slowtwitch.com. "The unsinkable Flora Duffy".
- "Femi Fani-Kayode Biography: All There Is To Know About Him - Nigerian Infopedia". 28 September 2016.
- "COLSC History & Fame".
- "Paralympic games success for HMC alumni - HMC". 15 September 2016.
- Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Minhinnick, Gordon Edward George".
- "Mount Kelly swimmers gain eight medals at Rio".
- Archipelago, World. "Gerald Seymour".
- "Lauren Steadman".
- "Obituaries:The Right Rev Mervyn Stockwood". 14 January 1995.
- "Air Marshal Sir Richard Wakeford".