Torquay Girls' Grammar School
Dare to be Wise
|Type||Grammar school, Academy|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headmaster||Dr Nicholas Smith MB BS|
|Location||30 Shiphay Lane
|DfE URN||136506 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Colours||Navy and Royal Blue|
|Website||Torquay Girls Grmmar School|
Torquay Girls' Grammar School is a selective grammar school for girls aged 11–18, in Torquay, Devon, UK. It became one of the first schools to achieve Humanities Specialist School status in September 2004, and is one of the first to offer the AQA Baccalaureate. On 1 February 2011, the school officially gained academy status. It is a member of the South West Academic Trust - a collaboration of seven high-performing grammar schools and Exeter University. The examination results regularly place the school in the top twenty state girls' schools nationally.
The school, which was founded in 1915, settled at its current location in 1939. While the school continues to use its original building, the interiors have been updated and additional buildings have been added, including the Haystacks building (Art, English and Geography) in 1995 and the Roberts building (languages, history, new library/learning resource centre) in 2007. In July 2008, the Cross building was officially opened - the new music and drama block.
The school purchased its own residential study centre in Tregourez, Brittany, in 1990. Pupils in years 7 and 9 stay there during May/June as a form to encourage social interaction and improve their French.
The most recent Ofsted inspection was in 2011, with the result being it was found to be 'outstanding in all categories'.
The school motto is 'Aude Sapere', meaning 'dare to be wise'.
Buildings and facilities
The grounds of the school include:
- The Main building, commonly called "The Triangle" (Maths, RE, Business studies, Technology, Science, ICT)
- The Haystacks building (English, Geography, Art)
- The Roberts building (Languages, specifically French and German, History and a Library/'Learning Resource Centre')
- The Cross building (Music and Drama)
- The Dining Hall (also used for assemblies, performances, meetings etc.)
- The Sixth form block (Psychology, Media studies, Careers, 6th form common room)
- Burton Hall (a hall used for Dance and hired out to the community)
- A Gym building, consisting of a hall used for various purposes.
- An astroturf area (sand based) used for sport. Can be hired out to the community
- The Pavilions (changing rooms can be hired out to the community)
- Three Netball/Tennis courts
- Fields, including a large green area between the Girls' school and Boys' school, referred to as 'The Paddock'(Year 10 upwards)
Forms and Houses
Upon entering the school in year 7, each girl is put into one of five forms and in one of five houses. These forms contain all the girls of that house in that year. This means all girls in e.g. 7B are of Beal house, and in year 7. There are given five such houses and therefore five forms in a year group. Younger sisters are usually put in the same house as older sisters.
The girls stay in these houses. They are taught in these form groups for most subjects in years 7-8, but some other subjects are taught in ability groups (e.g. maths) or in the case of technology, alphabetically, as there is not enough room in the tech rooms for all the form to be taught at the same time.
Each house is named after a past headteacher.
- Beal (blue)
- Jackson (green)
- Robertson (red)
- Wilkinson (yellow)
- Cross (white)
The two Lower Sixth forms used to share the Lower Sixth common room in Shiphay Manor, owned by the Boys' Grammar, while the two Upper Sixths share the Upper Sixth common room in the Sixth Form (formerly 'E') Block of the Boys' Grammar.
Now two new buildings, a new Sixth Form block, and a new music and drama suite, have been finished and the sixth form have lessons in their new block. There are still two common rooms, one in the Girls' school and one in the neighbouring Boys' school.
The Sixth Form have lessons in the purpose-built Sixth-Form block, in the main school (e.g. Chemistry in the science labs) and some lessons are shared with the neighbouring Torquay Boys' Grammar School allowing students to benefit from each school's specialities, when they have facilities that are not offered in the Girls' school (e.g. A-level music).
Notable former pupils
- Laura Harrison: Notable Biochemist
- Rachel Innes-Lumsden, BAFTA award winner in the factual series department for her work on the documentary 'The Tower: a tale of two cities'.
- Georgia Toffolo: Made in Chelsea
- Emma Miller: Model and former girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio. Also recently appeared on Made in Chelsea
- Torquay Girls' Grammar School website http://www.tggs.torbay.sch.uk/index.htm