Newton Abbot College

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Newton Abbot College
Motto Leading in Learning
Established 2008
Type Academy
Principal Paul Cornish
Location Old Exeter Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2NF
50°32′01″N 3°36′52″W / 50.53349°N 3.61454°W / 50.53349; -3.61454Coordinates: 50°32′01″N 3°36′52″W / 50.53349°N 3.61454°W / 50.53349; -3.61454
Local authority Devon
DfE URN 137124 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1863
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Houses      Brunel
Colours Green & Blue

Newton Abbot College is an 11-19 secondary school situated in Newton Abbot, Devon. The College, recognised by Ofsted as an "Excellent" School, offers education for GCSE and Sixth Form students.


Newton Abbot College was established as the Grammar School for the town in 1904 and continued as such until the introduction of the comprehensive education system in 1975 when the name changed to Knowles Hill School. In 1993, Knowles Hill School was awarded Grant Maintained status. This change offered more direct control for the school management and thereby to achieve higher standards. The Grant Maintained Schools framework was later amended to a Foundation School structure. The introduction of the Trust School status offered all schools a similar independence.

In 2008 Knowles Hill School was rebranded as Newton Abbot College with the fresh identity shown through a new uniform. The changed ethos forms the basis for the continued success of Newton Abbot College. In August 2011, Newton Abbot College became an Academy Trust.


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