The Spires College

Secondary
Post 16

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Westlands Lane
Torquay
TQ1 3PE
01803400660
Pupils
979
Ages
11 - 18
Gender
Mixed
Type
Foundation school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(20/4/17)
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NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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School Description

The governing body has changed substantially since the previous inspection. The principal was appointed in September 2014. The senior leadership team has changed significantly since then. Three vice-principals have been appointed. The school was renamed The Spires College in September 2015, having been previously known as Westlands School. A new uniform was introduced at that point. This school is an average-sized secondary school. It is a bilateral school; a small number of pupils are admitted each year on the basis of selection in addition to a majority comprehensive intake. It has a sixth form and hosts the local authority’s Inspection report: The Spires College, 19–20 April 2017 Page 10 of 13 resource base for hearing impaired pupils. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well above average. The proportion of pupils who are supported through pupil premium funding is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 11. A small number of pupils with emotional or health needs attend off-site provision at the Medical Tuition Service in Torbay, the Burton Academy or South Devon College. Some post-16 students attend vocational courses at Paignton Secretarial College, Combe Pafford and E-Hair academy. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

The Spires College Catchment Area Map

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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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  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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