Torquay Academy

Secondary

School Guide Rating

Logo rating
Not Rated
Bust
Pupils
900
Cake
Ages
11 - 16
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Academy Sponsor Led
Religion
Religion
N/A
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NATIONAL AVG. 2.01
Ofsted Report
(4/6/14)
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28%
NATIONAL AVG. 53%
5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths

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Absence
258.8
AVERAGE
Average Point Score
Per Pupil (GCSE) (Age 16)

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Value added
-36.6
NATIONAL AVG. 158.0
School Guide
Value Added Score

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15.8:1
NATIONAL AVG. 18.9:1
Pupil/Teacher Ratio

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Absence
11.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 3%
Persistent Absence

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School language
4%
NATIONAL AVG. 15%
Pupils first language
not English

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Meals
21%
NATIONAL AVG. 18%
Pupils registered for free school meals

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63%
NATIONAL AVG. 42%
Happiness Rating

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Cricket Field Road
Torqueay
TQ2 7NU
01803 329351
The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. It is one of several serving the coastal town of Torquay and surrounding area. The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs and are supported through school action is high. It is nearly four times the national average. The proportion who are supported through school action plus or who have statements of special educational needs is above average. Most of these students have moderate learning or behavioural difficulties. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well above average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for looked after children and students known to be eligible for free school meals. About one third of the pupils in Year 7 also attract additional funding known as Year 7 catch-up funding. The proportion of students who join or leave the academy other than at the usual ages is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Some students in Years 10 and 11 study courses at South Devon College. The school does not use any other alternative provision. The academy was formerly named Torquay Community College. In September 2012 it became an academy, sponsored by Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, through a multi-academy trust. A board of trustees oversees the work of both schools. Much of the day-to-day supervision of the work of the academy is delegated to a local governing body. When Torquay Community College was last inspected by Ofsted in December 2010 it was found to be good. The sixth form was established in September 2013; therefore, as yet, no students are in Year 13. During the inspection most students in Years 11 and 12 were taking public examinations, so their achievement was assessed mainly through scrutiny of their work. The principal took up his post in January 2014. Many senior and middle leaders have been appointed since September 2013 and further appointments have been made for September 2014.
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01803 208908

How have we plotted this heat map?

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census. We calculate a likelihood of admission to a school from a given area based on this historical pupil data. Please see our methodology below.

Heat maps provide a useful indicator of general catchment areas but are not the same as a catchment area map published by the local authority. We are in the process of collecting this data and creating actual catchment maps for School Guide. Catchment maps are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school

  1. Look at our heat maps. They give a useful indicator of areas likely to admit pupils based on historical data. We explain how this could be helpful below.
  2. Use the link to the relevant local authority (above) to find detailed catchment information.
  3. On each school page, use the Website link to visit individual school websites and find information on their admissions criteria.

Methodology of a School Guide heat map

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official school pupil data taken from the School Census collected by the Department for Education. The data tells us where pupils lived at the time of the last School Census (released annually in July). We calculate a likelihood of being admitted to a school from a given area based on this historical data. Areas with a high concentration of pupils successfully admitted to the school are mapped as red (‘Very Likely’), quite concentrated (‘Quite Likely) and less concentrated (‘Less Likely’). This gives a good indication of the area a pupil would need to have lived in to be accepted to the school at the time of the last available data.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. They may mirror circular catchment shapes but do not show actual cut-off distances. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with sibling(s) already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

Living at a postcode that returns a ‘Very Likely’ rating based on historical pupil data does not guarantee admission to a current or future intake and vice versa for a ‘Not Likely’ rating. A pupil’s location always needs to be considered alongside individual school admissions criteria (e.g. faith schools require pupils to satisfy religious criteria).

School Guide provides this data as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria. We recommend parents check important admissions and catchment information with the relevant local authority. All contact details are provided under Local Authority Admissions Team.

See Catchment and Heat Maps for more information about the source of the data we use to plot our heat maps.

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