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Pupils benefit from an extremely broad, balanced and flexible curriculum in both the prep and senior schools, and from an exceptional elite sports programme in the senior school as part of wide-ranging extra-curricular provision.

ISI 2013

Fencing

In the five and a half years that the Pentathlon and the Fencing Academy have been running, athletes from Plymouth College have won over 40 National titles, with 19 Silver and 19 Bronze medals across disciplines, which include fencing, biathle, biathlon, triathlon, tetrathlon, and pentathlon. 

Twenty-one pupils have represented various countries, including England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ireland, Great Britain, Jamaica, Singapore, Kenya and Hong Kong. In 2013, we had our first European Championship team medals in the pentathlon, when Kerenza Bryson brought home a Silver and a Bronze medal from Belarus. In 2014, she followed that up with a team Gold medal at the World Championships in Budapest. These world and European medals stand alongside her six individual and two team British Championship wins in multi-eventing. Further to this, we also have pupils vying for qualification for the Youth Olympic Games.

On the fencing front, in recent years, our star performer has been Tia Simms-Lymn, who including the Public Schools Championships, has won nine National titles in Great Britain up to 2014 and now, representing Jamaica, has qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympics in China. Ben Andrews, current U16 British Champion in epee and Great Britain team member, has also started to break through on the international circuit. 

We have a full-time Director of Pentathlon and Fencing, Robert Flack, who has used his knowledge and experience as an elite pentathlete and now coach to kick-start the academy and bring it to where it is today: one of the leading centres in Britain for pentathlon and fencing.

Existing pupils who have represented their country in the World, European or in other world regions, include Georgina Mitchel, Annabel Denton, Ben Andrews, Abagael Black, Tomas Maksimovic, Emma Schoenborn and Tia Simms-lymn. Former pupils who have done the same include Myles Pillage, Kerenza Bryson, Paddy Erskine, Tim Andrews, Kerrie Johnson, Georgina Barrington, Kelcey Pillage, Alice Rogers, and Tristan Lane (world under 20 fencing finalist). In 2014, our academy is set to grow from 30 students to 45, some being home grown talent from our prep school, the rest being scholarship students from the rest of Britain and from Ireland, Germany, Lithuania and Finland.

Pupils benefit from an extremely broad, balanced and flexible curriculum in both the prep and senior schools, and from an exceptional elite sports programme in the senior school as part of wide-ranging extra-curricular provision.

ISI 2013
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