Harry Preston

Harry was a Senior Prefect, Modern Pentathlon scholar and medal-winning GB athlete.  He gained the maximum grading for the Sport Baccalaureate and is now at Exeter University reading Sport and Exercise Science…

“My time at Plymouth College was a blast and during my five years there I made so many memories that no other place can give you.  For me, joining in Year 9 was a nervous time. However, the nature of the school allows new pupils to fit in really well. All the students were great and within the first couple weeks I felt as if I’d settled in and truly belonged at the school. 

Starting at the school also opened up my eyes to multi-event sports; I was on the pentathlon programme. Obviously being an athlete you really have to be prepared to give up a lot of your social time for the gruelling hours of training.  But the family you make with the coaches and other athletes, whether it’s in the pool on a cold winter’s morning or out on the track in the rain, you’re always there for each other and form strong bonds that last a lifetime. 

Staff ensured I balanced academic and training needs, enabling me to thrive in both. The Deputy Head even arranged flexi-boarding to get this balance right!  Without this, I could not have attained such high academic and sporting achievement.

Sixth Form is certainly the best, most chilled time to be at school; for me this is where I grew as a person and gained much more confidence.  You gain greater respect from other pupils and teachers alike which allows you to really feel a sense of belonging at the school.  Teachers know you really well and guide you on the best options for Sixth Form to give you the best chance of reaching your personal goals.

You don’t realize it until you’ve left but it’s the little things you miss.  Like the “panter” (Pentathlon Banter) at training, the simplicity of walking into the Sixth Form Center knowing everyone in there.  But the school has prepared me to be independent and I am ready to move on.  I have started at Exeter University where I will continue to pursue my dream of making it as a professional athlete.”

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