Healthy Schools Award

The Academy received this prestigious award having achieved the designated standard in the areas of personal, social and health education; healthy eating; physical activity; and emotional health and well-being.  The Academy was also awarded ‘flagship status’ for developing Food for Life in the community.


Full International Award

In 2011 the Academy was awarded the Full International Award by the British Council.  The Academy has effective links with Ethiopia and Nigeria through the Dreams and Teams and Connecting Classroom projects and, more recently, with Beijing in China.


Football Charter Standard Specialist Sports College in Devon

The Academy has received this award for the third consecutive year.  This award is judged on all aspects of football, including curricular, extra-curricular and holiday activities as well as the opportunities and festivals organised by the Torbay Sports Partnership Programme.


England Rugby League Player Development School


Paignton Academy was the first school in Devon to become a Development School for Rugby League. With links to professional club, Wigan Warriors, and the county club, Devon Sharks, the Academy works to embed the pathway of Rugby League within the key stage 3 curriculum. This allows students to experience the game within school which will link to the county team and opportunities for individuals to play at a professional level.




Heart of the South West – Careers Hub Member

With the launch of the government’s careers strategy and statutory guidance, new requirements have been put in place for schools to deliver quality careers support for their students. The Academy is a part of The Careers and Enterprise Company network which connects schools and colleges with businesses and careers activity providers to help inform and inspire students’ career aspirations.


Quality In Careers Standard Award through Investor In Careers 

The Academy is externally audited on its careers provision every 3 years to help aid improvement. The Academy is committed to developing and sustaining a culture of enterprise and work-related learning by providing students, across all key stages, opportunities to develop a range of useful life skills.


Next Steps Programme Member  

Next Steps South West (NSSW) is a new collaborative project to support year 9 to 13 students make informed choices about higher education.  The scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and aims to increase participation in higher education.


NCS Champion School 

The National Citizen Service, the UK’s flagship programme for 16-17 year olds, awarded ‘Champion School’ status to Paignton Academy.  The status has been given to those institutions who have excelled in promoting the programme and recruiting young people to take part.

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