Tavistock College

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Tavistock College
Crowndale Rd

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PL19 8DD

TypeFoundation school
Local authorityDevon
Department for Education URN113539 Tables
ChairMandy Govier
PrincipalSarah Jones[1]
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentapprox. 1800
Houses     Bedford




PublicationIn Focus

Tavistock College is a mixed gender school in Tavistock, Devon, England, with students aged 11–18. There were (as of April 2010) approximately 1500 students attending. The college is a state-funded specialist Language College with nearly 2,000 pupils,[2] drawn from a catchment area of about 20 km (12 mi) radius.

The college has links with Japan, Uganda, Spain and India where staff exchanges and student visits and projects take place.[3]

In early 2010, the school received a "notice to improve" from Ofsted, the school inspection agency.[4] It went into special measures but as of September 2011, came out and is progressing well.[citation needed]

In 2013, a teacher who teaches Japanese won the so-called "teachers' Oscar" for secondary teacher of the year.[5]


Tavistock grammar school was founded in 1552. In the 1930s it stood "on the Plymouth road, a modern block with splendid playing fields".[6]

The college motto is Crescit sub pondere virtus (Virtue flourishes under a burden); this is also the motto of the Earl of Denbigh.

Other activities[edit]

Since 2006, the college has organised concerts locally under the name of ParkLife; a ParkLife festival was held in 2007 and 2008.[7]


Over £1.1m has been invested in new sporting facilities - an all-weather pitch, competition standard athletics track, and a football pitch development comprising seven pitches. The college rugby first team currently participates in the Rosslyn Park sevens in London every year. The College also host summer and winter Sunday night seven-a-side leagues for men which have attracted many teams.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Tavistock College web site. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "The College". Tavistock College website. Tavistock College. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2007.
  3. ^ "The College". Tavistock College website. Tavistock College. Archived from the original on 2007-06-10. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
  4. ^ "Ofsted tells college it must improve". Tavistock Today. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  5. ^ Devon teacher wins 'Oscar' for Japanese lessons BBC News, 20 October 2013
  6. ^ Mee, A.. ed. The King's England: Devon London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1938, p. 415
  7. ^ "Parklife Party Homepage". Parklife website. Retrieved 28 June 2007.
  8. ^ Milligan, Lauren (17 May 2010). "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley". Vogue UK. Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2011.

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Coordinates: 50°32′30″N 4°09′17″W / 50.54157°N 4.15461°W / 50.54157; -4.15461