Torquay Girls' Grammar School

30 Shiphay Lane
Tel: 01803 613215 

We have been educating bright girls from Devon for over one hundred years now. The outcomes for girls who come here are excellent; our academic results place us as one of the top schools nationally for both attainment and progress. Ofsted rate us as outstanding in all categories and our students go on to top universities, apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

However, these facts do not convey the real essence of our school, which is more about a way of thinking. It is about helping bright girls to believe they can achieve anything and giving them the skills and high self-esteem to do so.

We are high achieving and proud of it; we are not afraid to celebrate the elite whether in the sphere of academia, sport or the arts. However, because we know that students work better when they are happy and relaxed, we also have an enormous amount of fun. Our strong house culture means that students are involved in activities like our whole school sponsored walk from Brixham back to Torquay, and the House Shout where students and staff from each house sing a song to the rest of the school.

We believe that TGGS students are ‘history makers’ of the future and our curriculum enables them to develop their character skills and self-esteem alongside academic success.

Our extra-curricular opportunities including trips and clubs develop the character skills in our students. These skills including leadership, aiming high, staying positive, creativity, problem solving, speaking, listening and teamwork. We want our students to have lots of fun and experiences during their time at TGGS and our curriculum is designed with that in mind. Trips locally to the Marine Aquarium or Eden project, trips nationally such as to the Old Bailey or Globe Theatre, and international trips which have seen our girls ride horses across Mongolia, visit art museums in New York, scuba dive in Cuba, walk across glaciers in Iceland and ride camels in India.

We are proud of our pastoral system where, as a smaller school, we get to know all our students well. Staff respond quickly and efficiently to ensure that girls feel happy and secure. We believe that being a single sex school enables us to focus on the style of learning, and particularly the social environment, in which girls feel most comfortable. They are not embarrassed to speak out, take part or hold strong views. They are enthusiastic about taking on responsibilities and few suffer “teenage cynicism” about being keen or clever: on the contrary, they are full of enthusiasm for a great many things – including school! They want us to know all about their achievements and their lives outside school.

We have worked tirelessly to provide the best facilities for learning possible. In recent years the addition of many new buildings such as our state-of-the-art Drama & Music block, Sixth Form building, Archive, Amphitheatre and Sports Hall, assist us in providing the best learning environment possible.

As the only state, selective girls' school in the area we believe that this is a very special and unique place in which to learn. Students here can achieve anything they desire.

Ms S Forster, Headteacher

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