Paignton Community and Sports Academy

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Paignton Community and Sports Academy (formerly Paignton Community College) is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in South Devon, England. The College has over 6 pupils on roll, including 85 sixth form students, the majority coming from the Paignton area.

Paignton Community and Sports Academy ( formerly Paignton "Higher" School Waterleat Road & Paignton "Lower" School Borough Road)
Waterleat Road

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Coordinates59°25′49″N 13°35′10″W / 59.43031°N 13.585995°W / 59.43031; -13.585995Coordinates: 59°25′49″N 13°35′10″W / 59.43031°N 13.585995°W / 59.43031; -13.585995
MottoBelieve and achieve
Department for Education URN138863 Tables
PrincipalMr Mark Smith
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentc. 1800
Colour(s)Dark Blue / Light Blue

The College welcomed its first non-selective intake into Year 7 in 1992 and first sixth form students in September 1995.

The school was designated as a specialist Sports College in September 2002 and was renamed Paignton Community and Sports College. Through achieving Specialist School Status the college was received extra funding.

As the school was bidding to become a Sports College, it was also invited to put in a bid for the School Sports Co-ordinator Project (SSCO) on behalf of Torbay. This bid was successful and the Partnership Development Manager works with the College and involves all primary, special and secondary schools in the Bay. In conjunction with Torbay Council using much of the work undertaken for the Sports College bid, an application was made to NOF (New Opportunities Fund) for additional sporting facilities. This bid was also successful and the College was only one of four schools to be successful in securing funding at that time. This has resulted in a much needed Sports Hall and Fitness Suite being built on the Borough Road site.

The school became an academy on 1 October 2012 and was renamed Paignton Community and Sports Academy. As an academy, the school was previously part of the Prospects Academies Trust. However, in May 2014 the trust folded.[1] Paignton Community and Sports Academy is now part of the Bay Education Trust which it formed together with Curledge Street Academy and Kings Ash Academy.[2] The school is currently running a competition among its pupils to design a new logo.[3]


The College was awarded the “Investors in People” award in January 2006 to reflect its high standard of staff development and training. Despite its size the school does not offer either the International Baccalaureate or the Pre-U as a sixth form option.

On 29 April 2009, the school was closed for twelve days as a result of a swine flu diagnosis.[4]


  1. ^ Richard Garner (19 March 2014). "First academy chain closes leaving the fates of six schools in the balance". The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Paignton academies link up to share expertise to improve education". Herald Express. 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Academy Logo Competition: win an Apple Ipod Nano".
  4. ^ Owen Bowcott, Severin Carrell David Teather (30 April 2009). "Emergency order: UK buys 60m masks as new cases emerge: Millions more doses of antiviral drugs requested and mass leafleting strategy unveiled in 'pandemic preparedness' plan". The Guardian. p. 4. The decision to close the school in Devon until next Tuesday is in line with Health Protection Agency and WHO guidelines: seven days is the incubation period for the flu.

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