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  • Torquay Boys' Grammar School
    Shiphay Manor Drive
    TQ2 7EL
  • Head: Mr Peter Lawrence
  • T 01803 615501
  • F 01803 614613
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Torbay
  • Pupils: 1,109; sixth formers: 320 (45 girls)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: July and September.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th June 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Huge choice of clubs and activities at lunchtimes and after school; they even offer mountain-biking, fencing and golf. The orienteering club recently won the national championship, so they’re now off to Turkey to compete in the World Schools competition. Astronomy club is lucky enough to have a refurbished observatory with a brand new Celestron C1400 telescope on site. The school's patron was famous astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, and is now Chris Lintott, Sky at Night presenter, a past pupil. The list of famous leavers is long…

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What the school says...

Entrance examination consists of: Maths, English & Verbal Reasoning Tests.

As of September 2012 the school became a multi-academy Trust incorporating Torquay Academy, a neighbouring non-selective school.

What the parents say...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Grammar School (IBO Higher level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Grammar School (IBO Higher level component)


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Peter Lawrence BSc. In his 40s, originally from the Midlands, he studied maths at Exeter University and taught at TBGS for five years in early part of his career. Left to become a head of department and taught in three comprehensives in Devon before moving to teach in Jersey. Returned to TBGS in 2001, taking roles as head of house, assistant head and then pastoral deputy head.

Now firmly settled in south west (Exeter Chiefs season ticket holder), with his wife (she teaches maths at TBGS), he is the sixth head, and modestly proud. He says, ‘it’s a privilege’, something he’s reminded of every morning as he drives into school. His predecessors had long careers. Pete is definitely in for the long haul, but laughed at the thought...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
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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