Visit Paignton Academy


We are delighted to be able to invite prospective primary students and their families to visit Paignton Academy during our Open Events. We will be holding two open events in the Summer.

We appreciate prospective parents might want to take the opportunity to visit both sites and thus we have ensured there are Open Events on each site for convenience.

You will find these events are very informative and will give you and your young person a really good insight into Paignton Academy life, as well as being a great opportunity to meet our staff. We very much look forward to welcoming and meeting potential new parents and their children to the Academy.

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.

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