Senior School Overview
Plymouth College


Plymouth College Open Day - 26th September 2020

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Due to the new Government Guidelines released on 9th September, we are currently unable to host our afternoon of Bespoke Tours on Saturday 26th September 2020. The safety of our pupils, staff and all families are of the utmost importance to us, which is why we have taken the decision to make our Open Day Event entirely virtual and in the morning. Families that have already booked onto a Bespoke Tour will be contacted on Monday 14th September to re-arrange their visit to be on a one-to-one basis and at a time that is convenient for them. If anyone has any queries or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Admissions Team on 01752 505120 or at read more

Last updated: 10.09.20

Senior School Overview

Our Senior School is where we educate, enrich and empower pupils between the ages of 11 and 16. We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our primary aim is to excite and inspire our pupils intellectually and academically; to inculcate a genuine love of and desire for learning that will stay with them during their time at the College and throughout their lives. 

Pupils begin with our Key Stage 3 curriculum. Here we lay the foundations of subject knowledge and understanding but our emphasis is on the development of the intellectual skills and habits required for successful learning, alongside intellectual qualities such as creativity, curiosity and resilience. Our approach naturally evolves into a tailored, accelerated preparation GCSE. 

Pupils then progress to Key Stage 4 where there is a clear and unadulterated focus on ensuring that every pupil achieves the best possible grades in their GCSE subjects. Our belief is that this is only possible with expert teaching in small classes. Only then are teachers able to really know each and every child as an individual and to offer them the tailored, bespoke education they need. We simply do not allow any child to be lost, left behind, unsupported or unchallenged. This is why pupils at Plymouth College make more academic progress than at any other school in the city.

Perfectly complementing this is our programme of pupil personal development. Our rich and varied programme of co-curricular activities, covering everything from performance and recreational sports to performing and creative arts to all forms of outdoor education, ensures that every pupil is able develop both existing and new interests, hobbies and skills. Furthermore, our pastoral care and wellbeing education are second-to-none. Pupils are supported and educated by their teachers in form groups and houses; by healthcare professionals in our wellbeing centre; through our diverse programme of PHSE lessons, seminars and events; and through our expert careers guidance programme that ensures that they make an informed and effective transition to the next stage of their education.