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Mount Kelly United Kingdom


Mount Kelly UK traces its roots back to the late 1870s following a bequest from Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly, one of the most successful in British Naval history.

In recognition of his generosity, the Duke of Bedford gifted him lands to construct a school for the "sons of naval officers and other gentlemen". The School merged with Newton College in 1940 and, more recently, with Mount House in 2014, establishing itself as the leading boarding school in the South West of England. Every year, Mount Kelly students are accepted at many of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom.

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About Mount Kelly UK

Mount Kelly UK is located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in Tavistock, Devon. The boarding school caters to children aged 3 to 18. Students are nurtured, guided and inspired to develop their own individual skills and interests. The boarding school values strong academic performance and works to maximise the ability of every child.

Mount Kelly Swimming Programme

The Mount Kelly Swim Programme is renowned internationally. Alumni include Sharron Davies and two-time Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Cameron Brodie. Students have collectively won a total of 29 Olympic and Commonwealth medals over the last 30 years.

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Mount Kelly UK was a finalist as the Top UK Independent Boarding School of the Year in 2019 and 2020.

University Destinations

Most students at Mount Kelly UK continue their education after graduating from the school into tertiary education in the United Kingdom and abroad. Many receive offers from highly competitive universities, and in 2019, 76% of Mount Kelly UK students secured places at their first university choice, with five students gaining scholarships from US universities.

In the Academic year of 2018-2019 Mount Kelly UK senior students were accepted in the following universities among others:

University of Oxford University College of London Imperial College London
University of St Andrew's Durham University Northwestern University (US)
University of Bristol University of Birmingham University of Exeter
University of London University of Southampton  Cardiff University
Newcastle University University of Amsterdam  


Seamless Transition from Mount Kelly Hong Kong

Students at Mount Kelly Hong Kong are guaranteed a place at Mount Kelly UK after Year 8. Academic Staff from both schools work together to learn the needs and strengths of each child before moving abroad to study.

Students enjoy a week every year in which they can visit our sister school in the UK. There, pupils discover the facilities, surroundings and meet new friends. This has proven to be an excellent experience for those students who would like to transfer to the UK.

Mount Kelly Hong Kong has the same values and ethos as Mount Kelly UK and the same curriculum. The academic offer combined with our effective EAL programme prepares children to transition smoothly to the UK.

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