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30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
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Sixth Form Absence Line: 01803 653 761

TGGS Sixth Form in UK Top 10%

According to Department for Education data, collated by Alps, our Sixth Form progress measure averaged over the last three years puts us in the top 10% of schools in the UK for A Level Progress. Considering that our students are already high performing when they join us, we are justifiably proud that they make such significant progress during their time in our Sixth Form.

A huge well done to our dedicated teaching and support staff for all they do to enable our students' success.


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TGGS win S.W.A.T. Challenge Cup!

TGGS SWAT Challenge TeamOn Friday 2nd February, the 12 schools which form the South West Academic Trust (S.W.A.T. -  a partnership of leading grammar schools in the South West & the University of Exeter) met to compete for the first ever S.W.A.T. Challenge Cup. Teams of students from across the S.W.A.T. alliance worked to provide the best solution to a challenging real-world problem; in this instance, “How can Britain sustain its economic prosperity, social harmony and international standing in a post-Brexit world?”

Teams consisted of four members and the rules state that there must be at least three school years between the youngest and the oldest team members. On the day, each team delivered a 5 to 10 minute presentation addressing the question at hand, then underwent a grilling from one of the other schools. The formidable judging panel, which included Neil Parish, Minister of Parliament, as well as members of Exeter University’s Politics and International Relations department, awarded the trophy to the team from Torquay Girls’ Grammar School for their thorough research, quality of presentation, plausibility of proposals and teamwork.

A member of the winning TGGS team, said “We were really nervous on the way to the event, and expected the competition to be challenging, with so many excellent schools involved. In the end, all the time we put into preparation paid off and we were able to deliver a clear argument and easily answer the questions posed in the interrogation section. We went for a positive outlook on the topic, which was a bit different and may have helped us to stand out from the other schools.”

Dr Nick Smith, Headteacher, said “The girls have risen to this challenge with typical TGGS spirit and determination. We are extremely proud of them and thrilled to have brought home the first ever S.W.A.T. Challenge Cup.”

The S.W.A.T. alliance is comprised of Bishop Wordsworths School, Bournemouth School for Girls, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Colyton Grammar School, Devonport High School for Boys, Devonport High School for Girls, Parkstone Grammar School, Plymouth High School for Girls, Poole Grammar School, South Wilts Grammar School, Torquay Boys Grammar School, Torquay Girls Grammar School, and the University of Exeter. The S.W.A.T. Challenge event took place at Colyton Grammar School.

Harvest Festival Donations Make a Difference


During the weeks before and after half term. students from years 10, 11, 12 and 13 donated a range of food items for the Torquay Community Larder, a local foodbank for those in need.  


Miss Bucklar and Mrs Rumbelow delivered 18 full boxes to the Salvation Army in Market Street, Torquay where the Community Larder is based.  Many thanks to all who donated items for this worthy cause.





Sixth Form student wins second place in photo competition

Rachael Smith (12.6) recently gained second place in the Fieldwork Britanicca section of the Joint Regional Group Photo Competition held by the Geological Society of London.


Her winning image is shown below.  Rachael accepted the prize from our own Mr Neighbour, Head of Geology, who is also a Committee Member for the south west Regional Group of the Geological Society.


You can find out more about the competition here: 



Year 12 Visit Houses of Parliament

In December, Year 12 students embarked on an exciting trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament, with Politics students also having the chance to visit the offices of Amnesty International and the Museum of London and History students to attend a number of informative lectures about Russia.


Our train set off early from Newton Abbot, arriving in London Paddington at about 10:30am. The Politics and History groups then separated, with the Politics group headed to the underground to travel to Amnesty. We were met by Dan Jones, a supporter of Amnesty International for over 50 years, who gave a very insightful talk about the work of Amnesty all over the world and the work that he has been involved in directly himself, including fighting for the protection of vulnerable refugees. We also spoke to the Lobbying Team, who work to get human rights on the agenda of the Government - for example, working to protect the Human Rights Act. After lunch, we travelled to the Museum of London, where we had the chance to see artefacts from the ancient city, right up to the cauldron which lit up the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the evening, we enjoyed dinner at Pizza Express, followed by shopping in Covent Garden.


The next day, we were all headed to Parliament, where we were firstly given a tour of the Palace, even getting to sit in the Commons Viewing Gallery - where we listened to Mhairi Black’s Private Member's Bill being debated (the youngest MP in Parliament since the 1800s, being elected in 2015 at the age of just 20) - and in the Viewing Gallery of the House of Lords, too.  What’s more, we took in the Central Lobby, where UK citizens can meet to lobby their MPs about issues they care about, and Westminster Hall, which has hosted guests including Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela, in addition to once being a banqueting hall for Henry VIII. Following on from that, we took part in a election systems workshop, where the group was separated into three political parties, each electing a leader and making a mini manifesto. We then compared how we would all fare under First Past the Post and Proportional Representation after we took part in a mini election.


We were then back on the underground, headed for Oxford Street, where we all enjoyed some shopping and some lunch before heading back to Paddington.


It was an absolutely invaluable trip and it was incredible to have access to the corridors of Westminster, getting an insight into the workings of modern day Parliament and its illustrious history. As an AS Level Politics student, to get such an experience was extremely worthwhile - I’d recommend it to anyone studying Politics in Sixth Form!


-Lily James




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