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Edgehill College
Northdown Road, EX39 3LY Bideford
01237 471701

Edgill College, Bideford, North DevonEdgehill College is set in beautiful grounds of over 50 acres, with excellent facilities including a purpose built theatre and an exciting new Field Studies Centre. Edgehillians enjoy being on the outskirts of the historic town of Bideford, within sight of Devon's rolling countryside, glorious beaches and moorland.
The site is fantastic - but the people are better! The youngest join "The Leading Edge Nursery" from the age of three months and the oldest complete A levels aged eighteen.

Class sizes are small, usually around 15 pupils. We know each individual and understand their hopes and dreams: the personal care we give to pupils is an integral part of our ethos. All pupils are valued for their personality and character, which is reflected in the excellent relationships between pupils of all ages, staff and parents.

Through the extensive activities programme, Edgehillians develop confident leadership and interpersonal skills. The atmosphere encourages all to take part: our national champions encourage novices, all become willing to try, and mutual encouragement means many discover talents they didn't realise they possessed. This is reflected academically in the exceptional 'value added' examination results, and socially in their blend of confidence, poise and modesty.

Come and see why our pupils and parents feel The Edgehill Experience is so special.

Our Aims

We strive to provide a caring, stable and secure environment which will enable each child to grow in self-confidence with achievement through play, respecting one another and learning to share. A wide range of activities are offered to help children develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically; encouraging them to fulfil their potential.


The Curriculum


In the Kindergarten we cover all six areas of learning:

Personal, social & emotional development
Language, literacy and communication
Mathematical development
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Physical development
Creative development.

Personal, social & emotional development
We provide the best opportunities and experiences to enable children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and be sensitive to the needs of others. Children are continuously motivated to learn and to work together harmoniously.

Language, Literacy and Communication
This area of learning, is at the heart of young children’s learning. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are all skills that the setting promotes. Group activities like shared stories, rhymes, poems and songs are planned for extended vocabulary. Role play and theatre world are used for imagination and speaking. Introduction to Phonic sounds are approached through the Jolly Phonics Scheme and writing through mark making with a number of tools.
These are all activities that are planned daily to give each child an opportunity to communicate thoughts, feelings and build up relationships with adults and each other. Basic French words are incorporated within our topics


Mathematics is present throughout the daily routine: Counting, sorting and matching; shapes and space are everyday situations that the children will experience.  Practical activities to solve mathematical problems and experimenting with numbers are planned to be imaginative and enjoyable.

Knowledge & Understanding of the World.

Our aim is to help children make sense of the world around them; this forms the foundation for Science, Technology, History and Geography.
We provide first hand experiences where children are encouraged to explore and observe. Our school garden provides an excellent opportunity for these. We explore a variety of cultures through different festivals and religious customs and meet students from different countries.
Computer activities are a daily feature encouraging mouse control and using number and language programs.


Children are offered appropriate physical challenges to develop fine and gross motor skills, we visit the main school gym to improve co-ordination and control using large equipment. Musical movement and parachute games are just some of the activities that the children enjoy to support confidence, imagination and co-ordination.


This area of learning includes art, music, dance and imaginative play. A circle range of activities are provided where children can respond by using their senses. Children are encouraged to express themselves using a range of media, freely or directed. Children’s work is used for displays to reinforce learning and promote self esteem.


There are two boarding houses at Edgehill College, Mary Shaw (Girls) and Carisbrooke (Boys) . They share the same common objectives and aims. Each individual house sets out it’s own internal routine. The Boarding Houses are friendly and homely providing bright, airy and comfortable accommodation with facilities that include a common room, television room with snooker table and table tennis & kitchen.


To provide a structure for day-to day living which offers security, safety, clear boundaries and a place to which to belong, a home from home which reflects the ages and needs of pupils.
To provide a good-quality physical environment with appropriate attention paid to health and safety issues.
To attend to the emotional welfare and development of pupils as individuals by providing personal and psychological space and a helpful environment, and by encouraging pupils to talk about their concerns, by providing appropriate adult contact, and by encouraging pupils to  care for and attend to each other as an integral part of community living.
To focus on the promotion of healthy self-esteem and confidence in pupils through positive opportunities for the development of all round potential.
To promote active attention to good co-operation and communication between parents and staff, and to provide ready access for pupils to parent and family.
To prepare pupils with life skills for independence.


Each house has either a HOUSEMASTER or HOUSEMISTRESS who is responsible for the day to day running of the house. House Parents are supported by assistants and GAP year students. All these members of staff are resident and live in the boarding houses and are there to look after the needs of your child.
House Parents, House Tutors and members of the teaching staff are on hand to deal with the day-to-day worries and problems, should they occur, and, as would be expected, such matters are dealt with sensitivity and understanding.
Resident House Staff are responsible for the pupils’ welfare and behaviour during leisure time. There is supervised study, hobbies are pursued, and at weekends events and outings are arranged.
Pastoral care is extremely important for young people away from their families and therefore the Chaplain keeps ‘open house’ for any pupil to discuss personal problems.


Things are more relaxed at the weekend. Some boarders visit guardians while others take the opportunity to visit local friends and families. Almost every Saturday all non-Sixth Form pupils also take part in a wide range of activities at a local specialist centre. On other weekends, there is a trip to a place of interest or to one of the nearby towns for activities such as go-karting or bowling, usually combined with shopping or cultural events . Students are allowed, with permission from house staff, to visit Bideford or other towns in the vicinity. Sundays are free days, when the only school commitment is our short service on Sunday evening just before supper.


The school provides pupils with free transport to and from London Heathrow Airport for the start and at the end of each term. The days on which the school offers this facility are clearly marked in the “Term Dates” sheet.
Some pupils make their own arrangements to travel whether by coach or by train to London or elsewhere for the holidays.

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