Sports College Status

“The academy’s sports specialism is exceptionally successful in providing a breadth and variety of opportunities to support healthy lifestyles and students’ well-being through extensive physical activities, literacy, leadership and volunteering”.


Specialist Sports status involves a clear expectation that the curriculum centre of excellence will drive whole school improvement.  Its role is to spread best practice and raise standards, delivering the National strategy through links with PE, School Sport and Clubs.

Effective working with the community:

Paignton Academy is the hub site for the Torbay School Games and the Torbay Primary Sports Partnership.  The Academy hosts and co-ordinates the School Games organiser to develop and embed a series of Level 1, 2 & 3 sports competitions and festivals for Primary and Secondary pupils. 

Within Torbay there are four clusters which form the Primary Partnership.  Paignton Academy is the lead secondary school of the central cluster and is working in collaboration with Kings Ash, Curledge Street, Oldway, Collaton St Mary, Preston, Hayes, Roselands and Sacred Heart primary schools.  This involves weekly competitions, regular staff CPD and primary extra-curricular sessions based at Paignton Academy.  Each primary school is also assigned a member of PE staff who delivers each week in the primary school to support and facilitate the provision of PE within the primary schools.  There are over 20 festivals held every year, most festivals see over 250 primary aged pupils taking part in sporting competitions on the Academy site, facilitated by our Academy sports leaders.  Over 100 leaders are part of the leadership programme and support over 3000 young people per year who take part in a wide variety of events.

“The academy’s sports specialism has had a significant impact on developing student leadership”


As an Academy we have been awarded Gold Partner status from the Youth Sports Trust, the highest award for sports provision.  We have been designated as the Youth Sports Trust lead school in Devon for Sports Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering, responsible for organising county wide conferences and leadership courses on behalf of the YST.  Additionally, we have been designated by the Youth Sports Trust as a lead school for Bikeability, co-ordinating cycle safety training for 500 young people each year.  We have achieved all our targets and almost 2000 young people in Torbay have now achieved a safe cycling award.

To benefit the community we open our impressive sports facilities during the evenings and weekends to a wide range of users.  We have over 125 small sided teams and up to 2000 community participants using the sports facilities each week.  Successful initiatives include Friday night social inclusion football which has reduced the instances of anti-social behaviour in the local area.  We have introduced 60 leagues including Walking Football, Indoor Cricket and Tag Rugby.

As an Academy we also provide two pathways for Gifted and Talented performers, often offering additional opportunities and the chance to meet with professional athletes and Olympians.

“The physical education gifted and talented schemes provide good weekly mentoring and support for a large number of students across the academy. Many pupils undertake junior leaders programmes and qualifications such as sports referees, team manager and coaching awards.”


In summary Specialist Status will aim to:

  • Raise attainment for all students both in Physical Education and across the whole curriculum;
  • Strengthen and develop the quality of teaching and learning strategies in Physical Education and use them to help raise standards throughout the school;
  • Extend opportunities for vocational learning and enrichment activity through Physical Education and Sport using links with sponsors, business, employers, further and higher education institutions and organisations related to the specialism;
  • Develop within the school, characteristics which signal its specialist ethos and identity, reflected in the school’s aims and objectives – encouragement of increased take-up and interest in Physical Education and Sport;
  • Strengthen collaboration with partner schools, primary and secondary, to provide or facilitate high quality learning opportunities and outcomes in Physical Education by sharing specialist facilities and resources, enhancing further the quality of teaching and developing and disseminating good practice.
  • Specialist Status will also see impact at regional and national levels working with a variety of groups and bodies e.g. The Youth Sports Trusts, The FA and the Local Delivery Agency.

To see our programme of extra-curricular activities, please click  >>HERE<<

To read more about the Physical Education Curriculum, please click >>HERE<<

Director of Specialism: Mr David Carpenter, Assistant Head of School

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