About Us

Head’s Welcome

At Torquay Boys鈥 Grammar School we are more than a powerful academic institution with a reputation for top quality examination results. We believe 鈥楨ducation鈥 to mean far more than achieving a string of top grades in public examinations; indeed that is a given for our students, so we also offer a comprehensive range of sporting, musical and cultural pursuits with an outstanding record of success unsurpassed in the South West.

Our facilities are of a very high quality and provide a wonderful setting for our students to learn. Our school mantra has long been to maintain the best of the old and combine it with the best of the new; academic excellence, punctuality, smartness and courtesy combined with a curriculum appropriate to developing students鈥 skills to equip them for lifelong learning and their future careers.

I, together with everyone associated with 大象传媒, will seek to keep the school and Multi-Academy Trust moving forward, constantly striving to improve the provision and opportunities for our students.


Peter Lawrence


About Us

The school has a very proud history and can trace its roots back to 1904 and the establishment of the Pupil Teacher Centre in Abbey Road. Even in those days overcrowding was a problem and Torquay Secondary School, as it had become, was opened in Barton Road in April 1915 with 170 boys.

We remained at Barton Road until 1983 when we moved to our purpose built site here at Shiphay. At that time we had 750 boys in four Houses; now we have 1120 boys and girls in six houses (girls studying the International Baccalaureate are part of our sixth form) so extensive building programmes have taken place in the last 30 years or so to keep our facilities up-to-date and to provide a suitable environment for learning of the highest quality to take place.

The school now stands as one of the top 20 boys鈥 schools in the country and is forever moving forward in the drive to providing an education, both academic and cultural, to rival that found anywhere in the country.

We became a Grant Maintained School in 1993, were given Specialist Status in 1996, Foundation Status in 1997, Leading Edge in 2000, Beacon Status, High Performing Specialist Status in 2006, became part of the South West Academic Trust in 2008, granted Academy Status in 2010 and we became a Multi-Academy Trust in 2012 when we sponsored Torquay Academy in their bid for Academy status.

We are rightly proud of our school and hope the website gives a flavour of just why we are so successful in providing an excellent well-rounded education to our students.

Opening Hours

The school day begins for students at 8.45. There are 5 one hour teaching periods, and the school day ends at 3.30. A range of extra-curricular activities are offered in the 55-minute lunch break, and after school. The usual weekly hours included in the full school day are 33.75 hours.