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Exeter College

Exeter College

Hele Road, Exeter, EX4 4JS, UK

01392 400500



Exeter College
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1970
Status State
Principal John Laramy
Language of Instruction English
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Michelle Lester
Associations IB

The College

Exeter College is a large and thriving tertiary college based in the heart of Exeter. For twenty five years, we have offered the IBDP to students from across the county, with increasing numbers travelling from further afield (including overseas) in order to study on our highly successful programme, judged 'outstanding' by both internal and external inspection processes.

The College has recently benefited from a new state-of-the-art Maths and Science centre and a Sports Hall, along with a 135-seat lecture theatre, and new art facilities. Every site has at least one learning resource centre, as well as a range of cafes and snack shops to ensure bodies and minds are well-nourished!

Our Ethos

We pride ourselves on our inclusive approach to the delivery of the IBDP, promoting its core values of independent and active learning within a globally-minded community. The relatively small cohort (typically 80-90 students across the two years) ensures that IB students become a very close-knit group here, and they can enjoy learning in relatively small classes with a strongly student-focused approach. However, as part of our large College, our IB students benefit from its wealth of provision, including sports opportunities, drama, music, debating, MUN, educational visits, and of course highly-experienced, enthusiastic staff and well-equipped classrooms.

The IB Experience at Exeter College

Because of the great diversity of students who join the IB here, our community is an especially vibrant and active one. Many students take part in or set up their own clubs, and participate positively in our Learner Voice to ensure that the Diploma Programme continues to respond to student needs and interests. Students have set up a 'buddying' system, and many also act as IB ambassadors at College events. Visiting speakers and trips, including foreign residentials, feature throughout the year.

All students are members of a tutor group, and the tutor plays a key role in providing both pastoral and academic support throughout the two years, including progression guidance. Our students have succeeded with excellent results year on year, with last year's our best ever, when students achieved an average of 36 points - significantly above the IB World average as well as above the UK national average. Over 20% of our learners achieved 40+ points.

Our students will talk about belonging to the 'IB family' here and many alumni return to regale us with their tales of life beyond college. For many, and to quote Amber, one of our current cohort, joining the IB is 'the best decision' they have ever made!