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Mount Kelly can trace its roots back to the late 1870s following a bequest from Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly, one of the most successful Admirals 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. The School merged with Newton College in 1940 and more recently with Mount House in 2014. The School has since then flourished and 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.

About Mount Kelly UK

Mount Kelly UKLocated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in Tavistock, Devon, Mount Kelly UK is an all-round co-educational School, where pupils from the age of 3 to 18 are nurtured, guided and inspired to develop their own individual skills and interests. The School values strong academic performance and we work tirelessly to maximise the ability of every child.

The School has an internationally renowned swimming programme (The Mount Kelly Swim Programme) led by former Olympian Robin Brew. Alumni of the swim programme have won a total of 29 Olympic and Commonwealth medals over the last 30 years and includes Sharron Davies and two-times Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Cameron Brodie.

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

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 MK 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  


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