Torquay Academy

Secondary Post 16

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5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths

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Cricketfield Road
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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How have we plotted this pupil heat map?

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the last School Census (released annually in July).

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings 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.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided 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.

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  1. Look at our heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the last School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Admissions Team (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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