Thank you for your interest and considering Paignton Academy as your child’s secondary school.
As the only secondary school in Paignton and the largest school in Torbay, we pride ourselves on providing an excellent, well-rounded education; we have inspiring, enthusiastic and dedicated staff and we are extremely proud of our fantastic students.
We know how important choosing the right secondary school is for every parent and child. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and after lengthy discussion and consideration as a senior leadership team, we have made the decision not to hold any Open Events this autumn.
We fully understand this will disappoint some parents, especially those with children in Year 6 who have to apply for a school place by the end of October.
At Paignton Academy, we feel strongly the most important aspect about choosing a secondary school is meeting the students and the wider teaching staff. During these unprecedented times, this is something we would not have been able to facilitate; any Open Event we would have organised would have involved small groups of 5, our students would not have been present and only our senior staff would have been in attendance. At the core of our decision making is the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community.
In light of our decision, we will produce the following to support prospective parents and help to inform their choice:
- Present an informative video to give an excellent flavour of our Academy
- Prospective parents to receive an email from Mr Smith, the Head of School, to include a welcome presentation to those who complete the Google form below.
- Provide short video snippets of our dedicated staff and students at the Academy.
We hope this will showcase our school, students, staff and show you how important our ethos and values are to us. All of the above will be sent to parents on 15th October 2020.