School History

Over 300 years of parallel history come together at Kingsley School following the mergers of three great schools to form this thriving co-educational independent day and boarding school in North Devon. Read the fascinating history of Kingsley School below.

1819-1875
1884
1927
1954
1994
2009

1819-1875

Charles Kingsley was born in North Devon. During his life time, he became Chaplain to Queen Victoria in 1859, private tutor to the Prince of Wales in 1861 (later to become King Edward VII) and a cannon of Westminster Abbery in 1873. Kingsley famously wrote the novel Westward Ho!

1884

Edgehill College was opened on the current Kingsley School site by the Methodist Church of Great Britain. It was the principal independent school for girls in the area, and had 4 boarding houses called Carisbrooke, Longfield, Belvoir and Kiltrasna.

1927

The Ursuline Convent in Bideford was taken over by The Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, who renamed it Stella Maris Convent, offering an independent school education to girls. In later years (along with Edgehill College) it provided grammar school places to girls, as the Bideford Grammar School was boys only. It was renamed Stella Maris School, after the Sisters of Charity left in 1990.

1954

Grenville College, named after Sir Richard Grenville, an Elizabethan sea captain (1542-1591), was opened in Bideford as an independent boys' school with a specialism in supporting dyslexic boys.

1994

Stella Maris School merged with Grenville College to form a co-educational independent school which took the latter's name Grenville College.

2009

Kingsley School, named after Charles Kingsley, was formed following the merger of Edgehill College and Grenville College.

1819-1875

1884

1927

1954

1994

2009