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  • The Spires College
    Westlands Lane
    Torquay
    Devon
    TQ1 3PE
  • Head: Ms Alex Newton
  • T 01803 400660
  • F 01803 408 897
  • E [email protected]
  • W thespirescollege.com
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Torbay
  • Pupils: 892
  • Religion: None
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 20th April 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 12th March 2015
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the parents say...

I am so pleased we chose the Spires College for both our children! Our daughter is now at University studying for her Nursing Degree, whilst our son is in the midst of taking his much anticipated GCSE exams. I am so impressed with the dedication and sheer enthusiasm with which all the staff encourage all students to embrace their studies and enjoy their time at school! Every single teacher provides the best education a parent or carer could wish for , for their child, and this, coupled with an amazing choice of extra curricular activities , makes The Spires College Best In Class, without a doubt! Thankyou to all the staff for all you do for the students , my son is definitely going to continue his education there, in your 6th Form!

Commented on 3rd Jun 2018

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)
Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Considerable efforts are made to support the needs of the individual child. The School has an SEN department which supports students in lessons as well as withdrawing them for precision teaching. Specialist accommodation is provided to support the working of the department, and support is given across the complete range of academic subjects. All students are involved in a mentoring programme which seeks to support their individual needs and development. There are specialist mentors and external agencies available to students. The School encourages the involvement of parents in this process.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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