Investors in Work Related and Enterprise Learning

In March 2010 the Academy was re-awarded the Investors in Work Related and Enterprise Learning Award (IWREL) in recognition of its commitment to the education of people in the world of work.   Paignton Community & Sports Academy has been accredited with the award since September 2002.

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.  This has been achieved through the range of activities led by either school staff, the school enterprise education co-ordinator, students or our range of business partners.

“enabling our students to gain a better insight into the world of work, enabling them to  become happy and dynamic employees and employers”

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.

Sky Sports Literacy Project – Living For Sport

sky sportsThe Academy continues to be part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport Programme, which has seen a group of high band Year 9 students further develop their Literacy skills through taking part in a series of visits, workshops and weekly lessons to allow them to practice their literacy skills in a sporting context.

The pupils have been tasked with developing match reports and visit reviews, amongst a range of other assignments, that have been tailored towards presenting them with the opportunity to further enhance their Literacy skills through a common interest of sport.

The Programme has once again been really well received, with students demonstrating excellent progress throughout the programme.

England Rugby League Player Development School

rugbyOn 15th March 2016 the Academy became 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 will be working to embed the pathway of Rugby League within the key stage 3 curriculum. This will allow pupils to experience the game within school which will link to the County Team and opportunities for individuals to play at a professional level.


Plymouth Argyle Development Pathway

New to the Academy 6th Form starting in September is the Plymouth Argyle Development Squad Pathway. T he pathway sees students receive daily high quality professional coaching from the staff at the League 2 club whilst at the same time completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Qualification; this is the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.  The course has allowed links to PAFC to grow with a number of younger students in the Academy already playing for the club at youth level.  The opportunity for players to progress from the development squad into the youth team also allows players the chance to improve the level of football they play.  Regular visits to the club to watch training and first team matches as well as develop an understanding of nutrition and routine of a professional footballer is a cornerstone of the course and gives a large amount of additional opportunity they otherwise may not get.  Other opportunities provided are coaching and officiating qualifications as part of the course and fantastic exit routes with scholarships in Marcia and Europe offered to students at the end of the course.

Investors in Careers

The Academy’s commitment to this important area is reflected in the fact that we were one of the first schools in Devon and Cornwall to receive the Investors in Careers Award.  We were re-awarded Investors in Careers in May 2017 and this stays in place until May 2019.

Exeter Links Partnership School

The partnership has run for over three years with 23 secondary schools in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.  This year the scheme increased the number of participating schools to 45.  The activities run by the partnership further develop students academic skills and knowledge of higher education through a range of interesting and exiting activities from residentials to guest lectures and visits. 

Next Steps Programme Member  2017-2018

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 by school leavers.

NCS Champion School 2015-2016 

The National Citizen Service the UK’s flagship programme for 16-17 year old’s; awarded ‘Champion School’ status to Paignton Community & Sports 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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