Mount Kelly can trace its roots back to late 1870s following a bequest from Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly, one of the most successful Admiral’s in British Naval history, to found a school for the ‘sons of naval officers and other gentlemen’. In recognition of Kelly’s generosity, William, 8th duke of Bedford gifted land from his Tavistock estates for its construction.
Since its foundation in 1877, the School has flourished, both in numbers and in reputation, merging with Newton College in 1940 and more recently with Mount House in 2014. Mount House also boasts an illustrious heritage. Founded in Plymouth in 1881, it moved to Tavistock 1940 and quickly established itself as the leading boarding prep school in the South West, sending boys and, since 1996, girls on to many of the most prestigious public schools in the country.
Pupil numbers across the School are now over 570, and although traditional in many ways, the School is very forward thinking. As the recently published 5 Year Strategic Plan indicates, the future is very exciting for Mount Kelly.
A mark of the confidence with which the Foundation is looking to the future is the construction of a new 50m Olympic swimming pool, which opened in August 2016. This enables the internationally renowned Mount Kelly Swim Programme to grow and develop. Led by former Olympian, Robin Brew, alumni of the swim programme who have won a total of 29 Olympic and Commonwealth medals over the last 30 years, counting amongst their number Sharron Davies and two-times Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Cameron Brodie.