Barton Hill Academy, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 8JA
E: T: 01803 327161

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Barton Hill Academy
Torquay, Devon, TQ2 8JA
01803 327161

Barton Hill Academy is a larger than average sized primary school. Most pupils are of white British heritage and few speak English as an additional language. The proportion known to be eligible for Free School Meals is well above average.

The number of pupils leaving and joining the school other than at the beginning of reception year is high.

The proportion of children with Special Education Needs is also above average.

A  Speech and Language Unit  run by the Local Authority is located  within the school.

The academy is situated in an area of substantial deprivation, as Torbay has one of the worst performing economies in the United Kingdom.

The vision of the academy is clearly demonstrated through the Head teacher and the Senior management team -' Making our best better'

This is clearly visible in academy by staff modelling expectations treating children and other adults with equal respect ensuring that the ethos is enabled to grow. The clarity of vision leads to clarity of purpose and pupils respond accordingly. The academy benefits from the drive of a wide group of staff which is communicated through the children who readily articulate their respect for this effort.

Clear leadership with a key number of staff working together through which developments are shared, enhanced, tested in practice and reviewed to assess impact. Systems are strengthened as a result of testing and adaptation to need. This process is evolutionary.

Learning is at the heart of whole school development. with significant work being undertaken to ensure that personalised learning are a reality for vulnerable pupil, with a differentiated approach being the aspiration for all learners.

The pupils are a credit to the academy . They are invariably polite happy to engage in detailed discussion of their own learning and their experiences through time at the academy. They are partners with in the academy, many given responsibility through the school council.

Academy staff at all levels are appraised of and share in, school development. There is considerable collective expertise with in the staff. They are supported by the management of the school, both within their work and with training appropriate to their needs.

Staff have  expertise and qualifications of NPQH, Leading from The Middle, Leadership Pathways, Senior leadership courses, Teacher trainers for the Universities of Exeter, Plymouth and Nottingham and Specialist leaders of Education.

Every child does matter and inclusion is evident in all aspects of school life.

Academy Strengths

1. Open honest and humane approach to the needs of the academy.

2. Very self aware, through review, quality assurance and good knowledge of school data

3. Clear planning at all levels

4. Enthusiastic  supportive staff progressing the learning agenda

5. Motivated pupils, with a clear view of their learning needs and aspirations.

6. Parents, Governors and outside agencies able to provide broader support, but also appropriate challenge


This year's Standards are in line with National expectations and progress exceeds national expectations from a very low baselines.

  • 2012  KS2 Results - 80%  floor targets in English and Maths
  • Level 4 Reading 89%
  • Level 4 Writing 75%
  • Level 4 Maths 93%

Our primary education years lay the foundation for a life time of learning. We recognise the importance of knowing every child and work hard to foster the vital partnership between home and the academy.

We aim for every child to have a happy and active primary education in an environment that is caring and supporting. We aim to provide a stimulating and structured environment in which every child will be encouraged to reach their full potential.

We treat all pupils individually, developing their sense of worth and confidence and encourage unique talents to flourish in every child.

The school community works together to give every child the best possible chance in life. High expectations for all children who are nurtured and supported with all the help  they need to succeed.

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