Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to our school community.

The first few years of a child's education should be a time of excitement and enrichment. At Plymouth College Preparatory School we aim to give all our pupils the best possible start to their school days and to prepare them in every way not just for the next step in their education but for the rest of their lives.

Our pupils benefit from the small class sizes and the excellent teaching they receive from our enthusiastic staff. They are encouraged to develop all their interests and talents both within the extensive curriculum and through involvement in a wide range of clubs and activities.  We believe in the importance of self-discipline and encourage pupils to develop their personalities and spirituality. Parents are an important part of our school community and help us create the warm, family atmosphere  which ensures that for our pupils these years will be amongst 'the happiest days of their lives'.

Together with the staff and pupils of the Prep School I look forward to showing you why we are so proud of our school. This website, and the accompanying literature, will give you all the facts and information you need to get a flavour of the school environment, but we warmly invite you to visit us and experience our happy community for yourselves. 

Christopher D M Gatherer




History of Plymouth College

Plymouth College -

Founded in 1877 under its original name Plymouth High School for Boys, the School moved to its current site at Ford Park in 1880. It changed its name to Plymouth College in 1883. Mannamead School (founded in 1854) merged with Plymouth College in 1896.

From the beginning, the aim of the School was to provide continuous education for boys from Prep through to Sixth Form. In the early years both Preparatory and Senior Schools were on the same site. The Preparatory School moved to Hartley Road in 1947. Mergers with Western College Preparatory for Girls "Busy Bees" saw the introduction of girls and the acquisition of Seymour Road for the Infant Department.

After the Second World War Plymouth College became a Direct Grant School and it reverted to full independence in 1976, the year the first girls joined the Sixth Form. The College became fully co-ed in 1995, the year which also saw the end of Saturday school.

In 2004, the Preparatory School, by now and still known as Plymouth College Preparatory School, merged with the Preparatory Department of St Dunstan's Abbey School for Girls - both the Junior and Infant Departments moved to the current site at The Millfields in 2005. The Senior Schools merged in 2005.

Past pupils of Plymouth College include Eden Philpotts (novelist/playwright), Wilson Harris (MP/editor Spectator), JC Trewin (author/theatre critic), Pete Goss (yachtsman), Paul Ackford (England rugby international), Michael Ball (singer) and Cassie Patten (Olympic swimming bronze medallist).

The Millfields History -

1758 saw the birth of Horatio Nelson.

1759 was known as The Royal Navy’s wonderful year and saw them victorious in the battles of Minden, Lagos, Quebec City and Quiberon Bay, these victories were closely followed by a further victory at the battle of Wandiwash in January 1760.

Naval supremacy came at a cost and in 1760 the first patients arrived at The Royal Naval Hospital, with it being fully operational by 1762.

The design of the facility was so far advanced as to make it the finest establishment of its kind in Europe. It offered care for the sick and injured marines who helped forge the greatest Naval Force the world had ever seen.

It is an interesting historic point to note that the site was hit by 24 bombs between 1941 and 1942.

The hospital served the Royal Navy for 235 years providing staff from Trafalgar to the Falklands. It saw many additions and changes throughout its long period of service, with the surgeons and nurses finally amalgamating with the main hospital at Derriford in March 1995.

Since then the site has been the home to redevelopment and enterprise and has now grown into a community who enjoy the historic context, the wonderful environment and the enviable location enormously.

The Site -

The buildings and grounds are surrounded by the original hospital wall which provides a secure gated environment, giving total peace of mind.

These historic buildings are being converted into a series of beautifully appointed and luxurious apartments. The elegance of the stunning 18th century buildings continues through into the interiors where the historic aspects have been emphasised through the careful and considered design of award winning architects Gillespie Yunnie Associates. Elegant granite columns and tall ceilings within the entrance halls retain the grandeur of a bygone age but are juxtaposed with modern style and finishes to make these properties truly outstanding. Wooden floors, dressing areas,contemporary kitchens and bathrooms provide the best of modern living whilst surrounded by the tranquillity of the 18th century setting.

The peace of mind afforded to residents within Millfields is exceptional. The gated entrance with 24 hour security, for both vehicles and pedestrian access, provides a wonderfully relaxed and secure atmosphere to the whole community. In addition to the beautifully tended grounds there is an on-site doctors surgery, police station and the renowned Plymouth College Preparatory School.


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Plymouth College Preparatory
The Millfields
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