Mount Kelly

Co-educational Senior and Prep School in Tavistock, Devon

If you like the outdoors, have a sense of adventure and are keen to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way then Mount Kelly is the school for you. Our spectacular location means that we are well known for our strong commitment to co-curricular activities and we encourage all pupils to take part whether it be camping out on the moor, paddling a canoe, riding the waves on a surf board or enjoying an overnight sail in our 50 foot pilot cutter ‘Olga’.

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“Our education stands apart in the values and attitudes of its young men and women. Compassion, tolerance, kindness, integrity and a generosity of Spirit underpin a determined dedication to academic excellence.” Guy Ayling, Head Master
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With a high standard of academic schooling and a proven track record in public examination results over 85% of our pupils gain places at their top choice of universities.
The School has an internationally recognised swimming programme with a 4 lane 25m pool and an 8 lane 50m pool and has had alumni at the last five Olympic and Paralympic games. 

The College Chamber Choir is the flagship ensemble of the School. The group perform a wide range of challenging music, but mostly a cappella. They won the Barnardo’s School Choir of the Year Competition in London in 2020, and compete internationally every year.

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Our Sixth Form Girls’ Football Academy in association with Chelsea FC Foundation opened in September 2021 and almost immediately became the ISF Sevens U18 champions.

The success of our swimmers, footballers and singers create 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. 


“I am delighted that this first term has gone so well. It is a huge leap to go to boarding school, and to have clicked so quickly is excellent. I look forward to an outstanding Mount Kelly career.”
A boarding parent

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Head Mr Guy Ayling
School Type Combined co-education school
Junior Age Range 3 - 13
Senior Age Range 13 - 18
Academic GCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Vocational BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts Practice BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sports Coaching
Total Students 629
Youngest Boarder 9
Int'l Students 95