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Torbay School
170b Torquay Road, Preston, TQ3 2AL, UK Paignton
+44 (0)1803 665522


Torbay School is a day special school for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties. All our pupils have a statement of special educational needs and are referred to us because they have failed to make progress in mainstream provisions. We take pupils of both gender between the ages of 9 and 16.

Our primary pupils are taught in two classes, occupying one wing of the school and have a separate playground. Secondary pupils are taught in age groups and have access to specialist facilities in subjects such as Science, Art, Information Technology, Design Technology and Food Technology. A computer network ensures that pupils can access their computer files from any computer in the school. We have a hall for games, dance, drama and small scale sports activities. The hall also doubles as a dining hall.


At Torbay School we seek to create a safe and stimulating environment in which individual pupils reach their potential, gain full access to education, grow emotionally, develop self-discipline and confidence and adjust their social behaviour so that they can overcome any previous barriers to learning.

For our youngest pupils, the 9 – 11 year olds, successful, gradual re-integration into mainstream schools should be a real aim and possibility and remain the ultimate goal. Our educational programme will place added emphasis on progress in basic skills such as literacy, numeracy and ICT. It will provide a nurturing, confidence-building environment, where positive behaviour is rehearsed and rewarded and negative behaviour confronted. Parents and/or carers are close partners in this process.

For our 11 – 14 year olds we will combine specialist subject-based teaching with cross-curricular themes. Whilst providing a broad and balanced curriculum an emphasis on basic skills remains. Personal, Social and Health Education, participation in the school council and residential experiences will enrich the curriculum and foster maturity. The application of a simple but unambiguous traffic light system provides motivation to change negative patterns of learning or social behaviour through meaningful rewards. Re-integration into mainstream schools will be a realistic aim for some pupils.

For our 14 – 16 year olds we combine a variety of relevant examination courses with life skills, work experience, vocational and pre-vocational training. Many activities will be conducted in conjunction with other training providers. The transition to further education or the world of work is enhanced by confidence-building activities. Age-appropriate rewards are given for good achievements, behaviour and attendance.


All pupils will follow the programme of study in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum:

  • Creative Arts (Art, Drama, Music)
  • English (Including English Literature)
  • Humanities (Geography, History, Religious Education)
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education and
  • Citizenship
Cross Curricular

In many subject areas there will be an overlap between the subject areas already outlined. Therefore attention is paid to Themes, Skills, and Dimensions which are familiar to more than one area of the curriculum.

ICT, Environmental awareness, Health Education are involved in many areas of the curriculum and all contribute to the total experience for each of the pupils.

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