Mount Kelly Prep

Boys (2- 13)
Girls (2- 13)
Weekly Boarding
Full Boarding
Flexi Boarding
Mount Kelly Prep

Mount Kelly, set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, combines academic excellence, an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom and exceptional pastoral care.  We are a fully co-educational School for children aged between 3 and 18 and offer day, weekly and full boarding.

We have high expectations and this encourages our pupils to believe in themselves, to be inquisitive, to be resilient and to show ambition both in and out of the classroom. Our pupils feel happy and valued, which in turn gives them the confidence, social awareness and enthusiasm for life-long learning needed to succeed in a fast changing world.

Respect for tradition and an openness to innovation are valued and we encourage our pupils to work with, and learn from each other, whilst also showing moral courage to stand up for what they believe. We are confident that we can challenge and develop all those who come to us at any age, stretching the most able whilst supporting those who occasionally need a helping hand.

Our academic staff, in collaboration with our on-site adventure centre, run the innovative and unique Learning Outside the Classroom Programme. Children in the Pre-Prep attend a weekly Forest School activity. The Shackleton programme is run for 9 to 13 year olds and is designed to give them increasingly challenging outdoor expeditions.

The school has an internationally recognised coaching facility for swimming. Our swimmers board and are taught alongside their contemporaries. This creates a culture in which the level of commitment and dedication required to excel are not considered out of the ordinary but are qualities to which everyone can aspire. The swimming programme has had alumni at the last five Olympic and Paralympic games.

Key Facts

  • Founded: 1877
  • Religion: Christian
  • Boys' Boarding: 17 (7- 13)
  • Girls' Boarding: 15 (7- 13)
  • Total Pupils: 259
  • Day Fees: £1470 to £4820/term
  • Boarding Fees: £6500 to £8210/term

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Scholarships and Bursaries

Each year, Mount Kelly makes available a number of scholarships and awards to pupils hoping to join us in Year 9 or the Sixth Form. Scholarships and awards are competitive on entry, and provide exceptional opportunities for able pupils. Awards may be given in the following disciplines:

  • Academic
  • Art
  • DT
  • Music
  • Sport
  • Swimming

The number and size of awards in any particular year is at the discretion of the Head Master and all awards are reviewed annually.

For details of how to apply and to receive an application form please contact Vanessa Bowles in the Admissions Department on 01822 813193 or

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Admissions Process

Nursey and Pre-Prep Entry

The best way to find out about Mount Kelly Pre-Prep is to come and visit us. We welcome visits from parents and children at any time of the year but would always recommend that you visit during term time.

We hold two taster mornings each term for the Prep to which you will be invited once we have your details on our system. A tour of the school will be offered during which we can show you round and arrange a meeting with the Head of Prep, Mr Foale. Some parents prefer to make the first visit without their child. This can then be followed up by arranging a taster session when your child can come and join in with the other children.

The taster day is an important element of the admissions process both for you, your child, and the School. It gives the academic staff the opportunity to appraise the abilities of your child but most importantly it reassures your child that becoming a pupil at Mount Kelly will be fun, with lots to do with lots of new friends.


Prep Entry

Children joining Mount Kelly in Year 3 and above will be joining the Prep. Whilst there are no written assessments for entry to the Prep below Year 7, as with the Nursery and Pre-Prep, we do require that children have a taster day in their relevant year group. We find that, not only does it give our academic staff the opportunity to assess your child in the classroom it also, more importantly, gives your child the reassurance that becoming a Mount Kelly pupil will be busy and exciting.

Children leaving their Prep or Primary School at the end of Year 6 will join Mount Kelly at the Prep for Year 7 and 8 before moving to the College for Year 9. Children will be assessed for entry at this stage and arrangements for these assessments will made for your child early in the application process. Mount Kelly is a non-selective school and the results of these assessments will be used, in conjunction with previous school reports, to plan the ongoing education of your child.

Children applying for entry to the Prep are very welcome to have a tour of the College and meet the Head Master, Mark Semmence, and other members of the academic staff.  All families applying for Year 6 and above will be offered a College tour as a matter of course.

Finding out more

Mount Tavy Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 9JL
01822 813193
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Open Days

No Forthcoming Events