Academy Closure – Useful Tips and Local Information

UPDATE 27th MARCH 2020

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Paignton Academy has closed due to Coronavirus. We know this will be a stressful time for many families, so here you will find tips and local information to help you through it.

If you need further support, you can also email us:

House Teams:

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Safeguarding Team:

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  1. ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE – morning and bedtime routines are really important in maintaining structure in your family which is incredibly reassuring to children and young people.  School will be setting work daily and this will reduce the ‘I’m bored’ conversations!
  2. PLAY – make time to play games with your children, whether a board game, cards, or even Mario Kart! Play increases the bond between you and your child.
  3. SPECIAL TIME set aside time each day when you can just chat with your child and check in.  Maybe sit and watch a movie or a favourite TV programme together.
  4. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ONfocus on what you can control, you can control how much news and social media you access.  Check in with reliable sources of information so you can be kept informed. Reassure your children about what is happening in appropriate language related to their age and stage of development.
  5. GET CREATIVE Treasure and bug hunts in your garden are great for younger ones, get the older sibling to help create them. Re-purpose old clothes, nail art lessons, creating music check out google and you tube for tons of ideas!!
  6. THE FAMILY THAT EATS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER – you need to eat so why not enjoy cooking as a family, make some pizzas, bake some cakes.  Let the kids cook your dinner (with supervision of course!).
  7. KEEP ACTIVE Remember if you are not self-isolating you can still go outdoors, practice football skills, go to the beach or walk the dog.  If isolating, Youtube is excellent for exercise videos whether it’s a high intensity class, football skills, yoga or Zumba – the kids will love it! 
  8. STAY CONNECTEDremember to check in with friends and family, it’s important that children can chat with their friends as well, facetime is a great way to do this!
  9. BE MINDFUL – Mindfulness is an excellent way to reduce anxiety and stress, there are some great apps available like headspace.  A helpful technique involves focussing on your breathing – close your eyes, start noticing your breath, breathe out for longer than you breathe in i.e. 3 seconds in, 6 seconds out, continue for 5 minutes, this  will help to calm your nervous system. 


Wondering how to talk to children about self-isolation? Click here

Remember to keep your child safe online while they are off school, for information on how, click here


Paignton Library:

Connections is based here, you can access help here for:

council tax

housing benefit

crisis support



The library at Paignton also provides:

computer access

Legal surgery second thursday of every month 10.30-12.30

Code club for 9-13 year olds 1st and 3rd saturday of every month 10-12

Lego Club every saturday 10-12

Poetry club 1st saturday of each month 10-12

Adult carers are located on the 1st floor of the building

Healthwatch Torbay is also located here.



Cafe & shop located behind Paignton (Cafe is very cheap and provides wholesome good quality food)

Theatre offers a wide variety of courses including mindfulness, arts and crafts as well food hygiene and first aid.

They offer free counselling of up to 12 sessions

English as an additional language group run by Laurie Lane

They run ‘Listening courses’ to support people who want to become counsellors

They provide food parcels at xmas

They can enable people to access support from social services.


Eat That Frog

There are a number of provisions for 16-24 year olds which are accessed via the local authority

They have a community fridge -(wide range of food is available on a daily basis which is donated from local shops)  families can access daily if need be.  They do not need to be referred

Adult learning centre provides support with CV’s, applying for jobs etc

A number of clubs are held to increase social inclusion including lunch clubs as well as cookery clubs etc

This link will take you to the family information service –

General Advice

If you have money issues – contact the company, explain the situation and arrange to pay a small amount.

Link for Universal credit

Local contact for Department for Work and Pensions [email protected]

Torbay Council – 208100

SOUTH WEST WATER – watersure 3 children in education, tax credits and child benefit – capped figure for the year.



  • Paignton Community Larder, Christ Church, 102 Torquay Road, Paignton, TQ3 2AA (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10.00 – 14.00)
    01803 551 866 or 07895 925 872

  • Riviera Life Church, 527 Babbacombe Road Torquay (Thurs, 10.00 – 14.00)
  • Torquay Community Larder, Salvation Army, 29 Market Street, Torquay (Monday and Friday, 10.00 – 14.00)
  • PATH, Central Church, 5 Tor Hill Road, Torquay (Daily, 14.00 – 20.00)
  • Community Fridge @ The Pad, 89 Torquay Road, Paignton (Mon – Fri, 09.00 – 16.45).  Mainly fresh chilled fruit, veg, bread, yoghurts.  No referral, anyone can access; first come, first served.  Also offer nutrition and budgeting skills courses
  • Brixham Foodbank, Torbay Room, rear of Brixham Library (Mon, Wed & Fri, 14.00 – 16.00).  Call 07873 164 211 – during opening times only
  • Food Bank at the Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham (Mon – Fri, 11.00 – 17.00)
  • Feed a Child Torbay (Hot meals during school holidays). Call: 01803 394 261



Assess the family. 2 therapists 2

Assessments, 3 home visits, therapeutic weekend. 


For information on other community resources, click here

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