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  • Torquay Girls' Grammar School
    30 Shiphay Lane
    TQ2 7DY
  • Head: Dr Nicholas Smith
  • T 01803 613215
  • F 01803 616724
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Torbay
  • Pupils: 992; sixth formers: 224
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th September 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

There is an aura of quiet industry about the place. There was an absence of the more typical mayhem of narrow corridors channelling too many youngsters to the next lesson and of doors being slammed with teachers bellowing orders over the din. When asked about the school, the word ‘pride’ came up repeatedly from the girls. They also stressed that the pejorative terms, ‘nerd’ or ‘boffin’, sadly so common in the adolescent vocabulary, are not in the lexicon at TGGS. ‘We are… 

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What the school says...

Torquay Girls' Grammar School is a high performing selective girls' school that values both academic and personal growth. We make a considerable effort to ensure are girls are both physically and mentally fit. Our last Ofsted inspection rated the school outstanding. Our ethos is around developing our 8 learning skills we feel are essential for success in any walk of life. We benefit from close collaboration with the Torquay Boys Grammar school over the road and together with 10 other South coast Grammar schools form the South West Academic Trust in association with Exeter University. We share expertise amongst staff and are committed to the education of bright students. We both care for our girls and challenge them. Our results place us amongst the top schools nationally both for achievement and progress.

Converted to an academy 2011.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2007, Dr Nick Smith MB BS PGCE NPQH, a pragmatic, determined man in his late 40s. A qualified scientist who practised medicine for a couple of years - and yes, he did work at London Zoo looking after the penguins - he has brought the clear thinking of a trained empiricist to his task at TGGS.

Dapper, self-effacing and charming, he has brought vision and vigour to an old-fashioned grammar school. ‘He knows what he wants and is relentless in achieving it’ was typical of the comments we heard from parents. But we got the distinct impression within the school that the culture was not just geared towards better and better results. ‘Caring for others’ and ‘working in a happy and caring environment’ were the kind of phrases mentioned often...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

We have a SENCo and a full time higher level teaching assistant, a learning clinic, and a student support room.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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 Y

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

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.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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