South Devon College

November 2, 2016

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Welcome to South Devon High School

South Devon High School, based at South Devon College, Paignton Campus, is an exciting opportunity for pupils studying at Key Stage 4.

Pupils entering Year 10 now have the opportunity to join us to study their GCSEs in core subject areas, including English, Maths and Science, with a choice of specialist technical qualifications.

South Devon High School is managed by the same leadership team and governing body as South Devon College. The College was rated as an "Outstanding" education provider at its last Ofsted inspection and recognised as the number one Further Education College in England based on 2013 student success rates, in results published by the Skills Funding Agency.

The government believes that for many young people, combining academic and technical qualifications will give them the very best chance to succeed. At South Devon High School, young people will develop skills valued by employers and benefit from learning with industry experts in an employment focussed culture, using state of the art resources.

Pupils choose to study up to three technical qualifications from:

  • Digital Media and Creative Arts
  • Electronic Principles
  • Sports Science
  • Hospitality
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Childcare and Development
  • Health and Social Care

Stephen Criddle, Principal at South Devon College

I would like to introduce you to South Devon High School. I am delighted that South Devon College, is now able to offer new curriculum routes for young people in Torbay and South Devon at age 14, combining the best of practical vocational skills, pastoral care and core academic qualifications.

Experts have said that the traditional school curriculum does not meet the needs of many 14 and 15 year olds. Working with employers and specialists, South Devon High School will bring new, innovative, high quality choice and routes for progression to the jobs of the future, building further on the College's track record for student technical success, learning and student satisfaction.

Matt Burrows, Head of School

I am very proud to be leading the school as we provide new and exciting opportunities for 14 and 15 year olds in Torbay and South Devon. Our vision is to ensure that every pupil can reach their full potential at Key Stage 4, by providing the very best support we can, in an employment-focused learning environment.

We are determined to stretch and challenge pupils through outstanding teaching, and using state of the art resources. Our ambition is that every pupil succeeds in their GCSE examinations, and they are well prepared for their next steps into further study or employment. I look forward to meeting you all - please feel free to contact me with any queries or for further information about our courses.

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