Mount Kelly School

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Mount Kelly School
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The College
Parkwood Road

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PL19 0HZ

Coordinates50°33′22″N 4°08′07″W / 50.5561°N 4.1354°W / 50.5561; -4.1354Coordinates: 50°33′22″N 4°08′07″W / 50.5561°N 4.1354°W / 50.5561; -4.1354
TypeEnglish Independent school
day and boarding school
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
EstablishedJune 2014; 4 years ago (2014-06)
FounderAdmiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly
TrustMount Kelly Foundation
Department for Education URN113573 Tables
Chair of the GovernorsDr Kevin Wilson
HeadmasterMark Semmence
ChaplainReverend Richard Bache
Age3 to 18
Enrolment585 (September 2017)
HousesCollege; School (Junior Girls), Marwood (Senior Girls), Newton (Junior Boys), Courtenay (Senior Boys) & Conway (Day House)
Colour(s)Navy, red and gold               
SongEternal Father, Strong to Save About this soundPlay 
PublicationMount Kelly Newsletter
AlumniOld Mount Kelleians
Virtual Houses

Mount Kelly School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school for pupils from 3 to 18,[1] in Tavistock.


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Kelly College 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',[2] which should be for the education of the 'sons of Naval officers and other gentlemen'.[3] In recognition of the generosity of this bequest William Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford, 8th Marquees of Tavistock, gifted 20 acres of his Tavistock estate for the College.

Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly as a captain in 1838

Mount House School was founded in 1881 by Miss Parker and Miss Tubbs at Alton House, Tavistock Hill, Plymouth. In 1890 the school moved location to North Hill, Plymouth (now the site of St Matthias church hall[4]), moving in 1900 to larger premises at Mount House, Approach Road, Plymouth (the birth place of Miss Tubbs). Plymouth was heavily bombed in World War II and the school re-located to 50 acre site at Mount Tavy in 1940. Mount House School became co-educational in 1996 with a Pre-prep established for 3-7 year olds ten years later.[5]

Mount Kelly was established in June 2014 following the merger of two neighbouring schools, Kelly College (founded in 1877) and Mount House School (founded in 1881).[6]


The College has five houses:

  1. School house (Girls Year 9-11 Boarding House) (founded 1877)
  2. Courtenay House (Senior Boys Boarding & Day House) (founded 1901)
  3. Newton House (Boys Year 9-11 Boarding House) (founded 1939)
  4. Conway House (Mixed Year 9-11 Day House) (founded 1975)
  5. Marwood House (Senior Girls Boarding & Day House) (founded 1983)

There are four Virtual Houses. named after eminent historical figures: Brunel (Red), Scott (Green), Hepworth (Yellow) and Fry (Blue). Pupils can gain House Points by participating in Inter-House competitions in sport or music or for excellent academic work.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

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Mount Kelly offers a co-curricular activity programme. College pupils can take part in the Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race or the Ten Tors Challenge.[7]


The head coach is former Olympian Robin Brew. Pupils and alumni have won a total of 29 Olympic and Commonwealth medals since 1979 and been selected for the last five Olympic and Paralympic games.[citation needed] Sharron Davies and Andy Jameson are two of its most celebrated swimmers.[citation needed]

In 2016 the school built a 50-metre, 8-lane Olympic Legacy swimming pool, financed in part by Sport England and the National Lottery (United Kingdom).[8]


The school was last inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in March 2015.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Kelly College:

Mount House School:


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  2. ^ Scheme for the Establishment&regulation of the Kelly College Founded by Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly: Dated August 9, 1872. G. Vincent. 1872.
  3. ^ Scheme for the Establishment&regulation of the Kelly College Founded by Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly: Dated August 9, 1872. G. Vincent. 1872.
  4. ^ "Category:St Matthias' Church, Plymouth - Wikimedia Commons". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  5. ^ "Mount House Association" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Westcountry's Prestigious Schools Merge". Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Mount Kelly". Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  8. ^ "World class pool set to make waves in west of England". Sport England. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
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  10. ^ "Rugby Union:Day of Adebayo arrives". 17 November 1996.
  11. ^ "Dawn Airey to join ITV as Director of Global Content - itvplc".
  12. ^ "Former Kelly College pupil wins silver at Paralympics". 3 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Meet the Plymouth athletes competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland". Plymouth Herald. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  14. ^ "The unsinkable Flora Duffy".
  15. ^ "Femi Fani-Kayode Biography: All There Is To Know About Him - Nigerian Infopedia". 28 September 2016.
  16. ^ "COLSC History & Fame".
  17. ^ "Paralympic games success for HMC alumni - HMC". 15 September 2016.
  18. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Minhinnick, Gordon Edward George".
  19. ^ "Mount Kelly swimmers gain eight medals at Rio".
  20. ^ "Mount Kelly swimmers gain eight medals at Rio".
  21. ^ Archipelago, World. "Gerald Seymour".
  22. ^ "Lauren Steadman".
  23. ^ "Obituaries:The Right Rev Mervyn Stockwood". 14 January 1995.
  24. ^ "Air Marshal Sir Richard Wakeford".
  25. ^ "Union marks beginning of new era".
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  27. ^ "Two of the Westcountry's most prestigious schools to merge". 17 March 2014.
  28. ^ "The University of Liverpool ~ SC&A ~ Home".