Mount Kelly School

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Mount Kelly School
Kelly College Landscape.jpg
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
TypePublic school
Private school
Boarding and Day School
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
EstablishedJune 2014; 8 years ago (2014-06)
TrustMount Kelly Foundation
Department for Education URN113573 Tables
HeadmasterGuy Ayling
Age3 to 18
Enrolment585 (September 2017)
HousesSchool Houses: Scott (Green) Fry, previously Chichester (Blue) Hepworth (Yellow) Brunell (Red) College; 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 Play 
PublicationMount Kelly Newsletter
AlumniOld Mount Kelleians (OMK)

Mount Kelly School is a co-educational private day and boarding school in the English public school tradition for pupils from 3 to 18,[1] in Tavistock, Devon.


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Mount Kelly was established in June 2014 following the merger of two neighbouring schools, Kelly College and Mount House School.[2]

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',[3] which should be for the education of the 'sons of Naval officers and other gentlemen'.[4]

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[5]), moving in 1900 to larger premises at Mount House, Approach Road, Plymouth (the birthplace of Miss Tubbs). Plymouth was heavily bombed in World War II and the school relocated to a 50-acre site at Mount Tavy in 1940. Mount House School became co-educational in 1996 with a pre-prep established for 3- to 7-year-olds ten years later.[6]

Co-curricular activities[edit]

The school has a Combined Cadet Force, and runs the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.[7]


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 is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.[9]

  • Mount Kelly Foundation ISI Integrated Inspection – March 2015.
  • Mount Kelly Foundation ISI Regulatory Compliance Report – March 2018.

Notable alumni[edit]

Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly as a captain in 1838

Mount Kelly[edit]

Kelly College[edit]

"Old Kelleians"

Mount House School[edit]


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  19. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Minhinnick, Gordon Edward George".
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  21. ^ "Mount Kelly swimmers gain eight medals at Rio". 27 September 2016.
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