Exeter School is a city day school in the grammar school tradition which educates pupils from 7 to 18. The School was founded in 1633 as Exeter Free Grammar School to educate the sons of freemen and moved to its present site in 1880. Exeter School’s buildings were designed by William Butterfield, who also designed Keble College, Oxford.
There are over 700 pupils in the Senior School including over 200 in the Sixth Form. The Junior School has almost 200 pupils.Girls have been in the Sixth Form for over 30 years and the School has been fully co-educational for 16 years.
Exeter School offers 25 A Level subjects and 19 GCSE subjects. 35 Oxbridge offers have been attained in the last five years. In 2013, 84% of A Level grades were A* – B with a 100% pass rate. A record 80% of GCSE results were A* or A.
There are 23 choirs, orchestras and other musical ensembles, and around 20 concerts each year. Three major plays are produced each year as well as an annual programme of Art and Design Technology exhibitions.Pupils participate in over 20 sports. In 2013, Exeter School won the U16 Boys National Indoor Hockey Champions. The School was also crowned U13, U14 and U15 Devon County Cricket Champions, Rugby U15 Devon Cup Winners and U18 Girls Devon Hockey Champions.
Exeter School has three large CCF sections and runs the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Last year four pupils won Army Scholarships, including the school’s head girl, and two pupils were awarded Second Sea Lord’s Certificates of Commendation.The School is involved in the Ten Tors Challenge – 35, 45 and 55 miles – every year.There are around 15 annual tours and expeditions including France, Spain, Israel and the Indian Himalayas in 2013.