History & Church School


School History

St Peter’s became a Voluntary Aided Church of England High school (12 – 16) when two high performing single sex schools, Hele’s for boys and Bishop Blackall for girls, merged in 1983.

When the school system in Exeter was reorganised in 2005 St Peter’s became an 11- 16 school, and moved into a new PFI school building in September 2006.

St. Peter’s is a Church School founded upon the love of God for His world and His people.  Our school ethos is firmly rooted in Christian values, providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.

We aim to develop students who are consciously spiritual, aware of who they are, what they believe and what they are capable of, and how they will use this awareness in their relationships and their contribution to the world.

A Church School is part of the historic partnership between the Church of England and the state.  It is a school where children, parents and staff who practice the Anglican faith, or other Christian denominations, other faiths or not faith at all, are welcome.

A Church School lives and works through a known and overt set of Christian values which are the touchstones for everything that is said and done, but does not seek to induct students into the faith, or to force feed.  Instead, members of our learning community share the experience of Christian worship, learn about Christianity, other faiths and no faith positions and behave according to the shared Christian values, and are free to make their own informed choice about their faith.  As Bishop Michael put it – Students are therefore educated ‘Christianly’ (Bishop Michael Langrish March 2012).