Plymouth College is a HMC independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. We are based in the very heart of Plymouth, known as Britain’s Ocean City, just a few minutes away from some of the world’s best coastline to the south and the beautiful countryside of Dartmoor National Park to the north. Furthermore, we have access to all the wonderful cultural and leisure facilities one might expect of a thriving city, including a wide variety of restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums and sporting facilities. Indeed, Plymouth has been named in Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world's top 3-holiday destinations for 2020.
We have been providing an excellent education to pupils from Plymouth, all over the UK and around the world since we were founded in 1877. Indeed, our most recent ISI inspection concluded that the quality of our education provision was excellent in every respect. Our original school motto is ‘Dat Deus Incrementum’ – God Gives The Increase. Our contemporary interpretation of this is ‘Plymouth College: Where Everything Is Possible’, reflecting our positive, can-do, growth mindset and our holistic educational ethos.
Our mission is to Educate, Enrich and Empower our pupils so that they develop into rounded, grounded, interesting, happy and confident young adults. Our pupils achieve fantastic exam results – our pupil progress / value-added figures are the best in the region – and experience outstanding personal development, ensuring that they secure places in Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group and world-leading universities or top-flight apprenticeships.
We offer a values-based education, in which the Plymouth College Principles are embodied:
Ultimately, our ambition is for our pupils to emerge from Plymouth College education with not just fantastic exam results but as rounded, grounded, happy and confident young people.
“Having Joined Plymouth College in Year 7, I can say with confidence that I had the best 6 years at the School.
New students are encouraged not only by the staff but also by their peers, which creates a really strong sense of community.
The Schools ability to encourage, support and recognise the success of students in all capacities enables them to reach their full potential.”
Laura C, now reading History at the University of Bristol.
Examples of our alumni who have gone on to become leaders and champions in their fields:
Pupils benefit from small class sizes throughout the school because teaching is sharply focused on the needs of the individual.