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Exeter school

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Exeter School
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Image:Exeter School.jpgExeter School is an independent co-educational day school in Exeter, Devon. It was founded in 1633. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, but is not traditionally classed as a public school.

Notable alumni (Old Exonians) include Tristian Kelly, the artist Lionel Aggett, Sir Anthony Farrer-Hockley, Harry Pennell [1], Gary Lockton (who founded Deepend), Richard Reynolds (the founder of Guerrilla gardening in London), Charles Vlieland, and William Jane [2].

Before 1997 the school was single sex from ages 11-16, the abandonment of state assisted places by the newly elected Labour government meant that Exeter School lost a large number of pupils from impecunious families. Co-educational status was introduced to ameliorate this loss of income.

Current headmaster Bob Griffin, a linguist, has served the school since 2003, previous headmaster Neil Gamble, a keen sportsman, served from 1991 to 2003.

The main school is split into seven forms.

Third Form (Year 7)
Fourth Form (Year 8)
Lower Fifth Form (Year 9)
Middle Fifth Form (Year 10)
Upper Fifth Form (Year 11)
Lower Sixth Form (Year 12)
Upper Sixth Form (Year 13)
The School participates in the traditional sports of rugby, cricket and hockey, and in recent years it has been a dominant force in Squash also.

An annual fixture is Founders' Day which commemorates the founders of Exeter School and is held at Exeter Cathedral. A relic of the school's previous incarnation as a grammar school in the cathedral grounds is the Blue Boy statue in Exeter high street, a more pockmarked twin of this statue stands in Exeter School's grounds.