The best schools in Devon


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A popular place to live on account of the beautiful natural scenery, welcoming atmosphere and relaxed feel that permeates the county, all of these reasons also make Devon a great place to call home if you have children. The selection of schools you’ll find across the region is another big attraction. Whether you live along the county’s northern coast in a town such as Ilfracombe or Bideford, or in one of South Devon‘s major cities, here we take a closer look at some of the best schools in Devon.

Best primary schools in Devon

  • Ernesettle Community School

Regularly topping the list of Plymouth’s best primary schools according to local league tables, Ernesettle lies a few miles north of the city centre. With over 500 pupils, the school has a good-sized catchment area and is rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

  • Exwick Heights Primary School

Another outstanding primary, Exwick Heights is little more than a mile from the centre of Exeter. As the result of a 2008 merger, it’s also relatively large with a capacity of around 550 students and promotes a caring environment while paying attention to children’s social, moral and spiritual development.

  • Abbotskerswell Primary School

This excellent school in Newton Abbot counts itself among the very best primaries in England in terms of SATs results. A great option for families living on the north-west outskirts of Torquay, the school is small with just over 100 pupils and known for its outstanding leadership.

Best secondary schools in Devon

  • Colyton Grammar School

Found in the small town of Colyton just a couple of miles north of seaside town Seaton along the county’s south-east coastline, this outstanding Devon school is known for giving students a great chance to get into some of the UK’s most prestigious universities. Tracing its history all the way back to 1546, the coeducational Colyton Grammar School has an enrolment of around 900 pupils, with approximately 200 of those in the sixth form.

  • Torquay Boys’ and Girls’ Grammar Schools

Like Colyton, Torquay’s grammar schools for both boys and girls have excellent reputations when it comes to pupils moving on to higher education. Next door to each other in the Shiphay part of town, the boys’ school is a bit bigger with around 1,100 students compared to the girls’ school’s 850.

  • Devonport High Schools for Boys and Girls

As with the other secondary schools above, Devonport’s two high schools for boys and girls are also known for providing pupils with great opportunities to progress to an excellent university. The boys’ school is a short stroll from Devonport station along the pleasantly named Paradise Road and has a capacity of around 1,150. The girls’ school is a couple of miles away near Plymouth Argyle’s football ground and caters for just over 800 students.

Whether you’re only interested in the region’s top state schools or you’re also considering some of the best independent schools in Devon, such as Exeter School and the nearby Maynard School, this is a great part of the country to live in if you have children. If you’re searching for new build homes in Devon, don’t miss developments like our Victoria Heights site on the outskirts of Devon and Braid Park in the Tiverton area.