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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 39 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 6 Individual and 2 team British Championship wins in multi-eventing.

On the Fencing front, in recent years our star performer has been Tia Simms-Lymn who, including the Public Schools Championships, has won 9 National titles in Great Britain up to 2014 and now, representing Jamaica, has qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympics in China. We have a full-time Director of Pentathlon and Fencing, Andy Hill, who has used his coaching knowledge and experience to kick start the Academy and bring it to where it is today: one of the leading centres in Britain for pentathlon and fencing.

He is assisted by Josh Lake whose main responsibility is swimming but he also assists in shooting and running; strength and conditioning. From September 2014, we will also have another full-time fencing coach from Italy and, with Dan Waddington (swim coaching and S&C) starting with us in April 2014, our full-time pentathlon staff show that we are committed to delivering excellance across all disciplines of the Academy.

Existing pupils who have represented their country in the World, European or in other world regions, include Myles Pillage, Kerenza Bryson, Paddy Erskine, Tim Andrews, Kerrie Johnson and Tia Simms-lymn. Former pupils who have done the same, include 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 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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