Plymouth College is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Independent Schools of the Year Awards in the ‘Sporting Achievement’ category.
This shortlisting recognises the success of the College in fostering excellence in all areas of school life – inside and outside the classroom, in team sports, in performance sport, as well as in many other areas.
But sport itself does not tell the whole story about the achievements of its pupils. Victoria Vincent, selected for GB Juniors this summer, Ben Andrews, U20 British Epée Champion and Georgina Mitchell, U19 GB Pentathlete, achieved 16A*s and 10A grades between them in their GCSE exams last summer.
Plymouth College has a long history of nurturing such talent, with a plethora of former pupils who have achieved success, both sporting and academic, whilst at the College and beyond – Henry Slade, England rugby player, Tom Daley, World champion diver, and Ben Proud, World champion swimmer, to name but a few. This week, three current pupils are competing at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
Robin Armayan, the College’s Director of Swimming, sums up the ethos enabling such success: “The right balance between academics and sport is crucial for athletes to optimise their long term potential. Although we leave no stone unturned to find out how good each athlete is, we believe that high-standard academics are the top priority. With many years’ experience caring for, and maximising the potential of athletes, we can provide each individual with a healthy, competitive, friendly and nurturing environment, enabling them to really blossom and achieve.”
Headmaster, Jonathan Standen, said: “It is an honour to be shortlisted for this award and I am proud of the dedication and commitment of our teachers, coaching, boarding and support staff, who enable our pupils to achieve so highly, both academically and in sport.”