Kelly College is a coeducational independent school situated in the outskirts of Tavistock, Devon, with around 350 students ranging from ages 11 to 18; there is an associated preparatory school for primary school children, Kelly College Preparatory School, nearby.
The college has eight hectares of landscaped grounds, including playing fields, set on the edge of Dartmoor and including a stretch of the River Tavy, and four separate senior boarding houses, a junior house and a day house, each with its own facilities.
The college enjoys a good academic reputation, and is renowned for its strength in sports, particularly swimming and rugby.
It is at present under the headship of Dr. Graham Hawley who joined the college in August 2008, succeeding Mr. Mark Steed. The college's motto is fortiter occupa portum - "defend your harbours bravely", a quotation from Ode XIV from the first Book of Odes by Horace.
It offers many extracurricular activities, such as the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) and the DofE Scheme; in addition to a wide variety of sporting activities.
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At Kelly we offer a wide range of opportunities for pupils to benefit from education outside the classroom. As well as sports, clubs and societies, our position on the edge of Dartmoor and close to the sea means that we can offer a wide range of adventure activities which broaden and develop skills such as leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, commitment and teamwork – in essence, Preparation for Life.Kelly pupils benefit from being able to work towards the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards and from us having one of the best Combined Cadet Force contingents in the South West. We also have a long tradition of success in the annual Ten Tors Expedition on Dartmoor and the Devizes to Westminster 125 mile canoe marathon - ‘the canoeist’s Everest’. Events such as these provide goals and motivation as well as a great sense of achievement once completed.
There is a medical service.
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