Head of School Welcome




I, Mr Mark Smith, would like to take the opportunity to welcome you and your son or daughter to Paignton Community and Sports Academy, which is part of the Bay Education Trust.  We are very pleased to be working alongside two local primary schools who are also part of the Trust: Kings Ash Academy and Curledge Street Academy.  The Head Office of the Bay Education Trust is Paignton Community and Sports Academy.  You can find out more about the Trust on the Bay Education Trust website by clicking the link below:

Bay Education Trust

The Academy is the largest of all the secondary schools in Torbay and is based on two sites, Waterleat Road and Borough Road, giving it a feel of two smaller schools.  Academy staff, the Board of Directors and the Local Advisory Group members in the Academy are totally focused on providing the very best outcomes for young people and work constantly to achieve this.  In addition to achieving the best possible academic outcomes, we are very clear that there is far more to a good education than academic achievement.  Above all we want our young people to enjoy their time in the Academy, to feel happy, to be healthy, to feel safe and to enjoy their learning.  As well as gaining the best qualifications they can, we want them to develop into well rounded young people who can confidently take their place in the world.

The Academy was inspected by OFSTED in November 2016.  Particularly pleasing are the quotes from the Inspection Report, which identifies our many strengths:

“Good conduct is the hallmark of the school. Pupils are respectful to their teachers and so good relationships result…”

“Pupils are articulate and able to talk about their learning confidently…”

“High expectations have resulted in higher academic targets…”

“Teachers are motivated and committed to improving practice…”

“The school acts as a centre for a range of sporting and volunteering initiatives in the region…”

“A culture of respect stems from the Principal through senior and middle leaders to all parts of the school…”

“Pupils are taught how to stay safe in a variety of situations, including how to protect themselves when using the Internet…”

Believe and Achieve

We want every young person to believe in themselves and achieve the best possible outcomes, hence our strap-line of “Believe and Achieve”.

Everything the Academy does is based on our seven values:



The Sports Academy

Sport is a real strength of this school.  It offers our students many opportunities, to not only take part in a diverse range of sports, but develop their leadership skills.

Many students take up volunteering opportunities which take them to major national and international sporting events.  Many work with primary schools developing both skills and maturity which will serve them well as they move into adult life.

The Academy is an exciting and vibrant place to learn and we look forward to meeting you at the many events we hold as we believe parents are crucial to the success of every young person and we enjoy working with you.

Mark Smith 

Head of School


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