It is an exciting time at Paignton Academy, our last OFSTED inspection rated us as “Good” in every category and, due to the rising intake year on year, currently the Academy is undergoing major renovations. At Waterleat Road, building is underway for a new £1.8 million, 5 classroom teaching block, whilst Borough Road is enjoying the benefits of a brand new £3.4 million performance theatre and dining area.
To enhance the learning experience, to accommodate extra students and to provide a more personalised approach, we are moving towards splitting all the year groups across two sites. Since September 2019, the Academy has welcomed 150 Year 7 students at our Waterleat Road site and 150 Year 7 students at our Borough Road site. This has been a very positive step forward for the Academy, prospective students and the local areas.
The vast majority of incoming students from our main feeder primary schools in Paignton have been divided equally across the two sites to ensure parity. The small number of students from the Brixham area have been allocated to Borough Road and those students from the Torquay area have been allocated to Waterleat Road. We allocate siblings to the same site, unless requested otherwise. The process of allocating sites to incoming Year 7’s will be undertaken after Paignton Academy staff have visited the primary schools in June and spoken with the primary school staff, in the months before the September entry.