I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome you and your son/daughter to Paignton Community and Sports Academy, an Outstanding School (Ofsted 2010).
The Academy is the largest of all the secondary schools in Torbay and is based on two sites, Waterleat Road and Borough Road, giving it a feel of two smaller schools. Staff and Governors in the Academy are totally focused on providing the very best outcomes for young people and work constantly to achieve this. In addition to achieving the best possible academic outcomes, we are very clear that there is far more to a good education than academic achievement. Above all we want our young people to enjoy their time in the Academy, to feel happy, to be healthy, to feel safe and to enjoy their learning.As well as gaining the best qualifications they can, we want them to develop into well rounded young people who can confidently take their place in the world. The Academy was very proud indeed to be designated as an Outstanding School by Ofsted in May 2010, (Download Report HERE) the only non-selective secondary school to ever hold that accolade in Torbay. Particularly pleasing are the quotes from the inspection report which identifies our many strengths:
“The College provides the young people it serves with education of outstanding quality”
“Teaching is consistently good and a significant proportion is inspirational”
“Teachers have high expectations and excellent relationships with their students”
“Students behave well and show an excellent understanding of healthy living”
“The curriculum has been imaginatively adapted to offer all students opportunities to develop their skills and interests”
“The excellent governing body continually challenges the college to improve further, and meets its statutory responsibilities well”
Everything the Academy does is based around its key values and principles:
The Academy is very proud of its 6th Form which provides opportunities for students of all abilities and has a well-deserved reputation for being very inclusive. Our main criteria for entry into the 6th Form is for each individual student to have the capacity to be successful in their chosen course, be it A Level or Vocational.
Ofsted recognised the quality of our 6th form:
“All teaching observed in the 6th form was at least good and was characterised by high expectations and excellent relationships.”
The Sports Academy
The Sports Academy is a real strength of the school, offering our young people a wealth of opportunities.
The Waterleat Road site has some exceptional sporting facilities – a 3G Astro Football Pitch and a huge Sports Hub, which has provision for a range of sports including Netball, Badminton, Basketball and Tennis.
As a Sports Academy we recognise that not all young people like traditional sport so in addition to offering all the traditional sporting activities we offer the opportunity to enjoy such activities as rowing, cheerleading, sailing and many more.
We look forward to welcoming you and your son or daughter into this dynamic and vibrant Academy.
M. J. English
Over the past 10 years there has been a continuous drive to improve the facilities in the College.