Teign School is an 11 - 18 comprehensive school that gained Academy status in March 2011 as the founder member of the Templer Academy Schools Trust (TAST). The Trust is named after the Templer family whose fortune was made in the 18th century from developing the naval dockyards at Chatham, Portsmouth and Devonport. They built the Stover Canal, Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover House outside Newton Abbot, where they resided. Each school within the Trust retains its own individuality and has its own Local Governing Body. In addition to Teign School, TAST now includes Coombeshead College, Rydon Primary School and Christow Community Primary School. There are nearly 1200 students on roll with more than 80 teachers and as many support staff.
Teign School was graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted in April 2015, who praised it as a “highly cohesive community”, “where students achieve above national standards” and “make rapid progress”. Teign places a high priority on achieving excellent results through building strong relationships with students, and there is a friendly, positive and professional ethos within school. We remain true to our comprehensive status, serving the supportive community in which we are based.
A new leadership team has been in place since January 2013 and the School has embedded an ambitious Improvement Plan. This plan places student progress at the heart of all we do, from tracking and monitoring, to creating active interventions throughout the curriculum. It is based upon a belief that school improvement occurs first and foremost in the classroom. Consequently, all members of staff have a responsibility to assist the school in moving forward.
The success of this plan has been realised in the outstanding results achieved at both GCSE and Post-16. GCSE outcomes have substantially improved and now rank amongst the best results from any comprehensive school in Devon. It is our belief that our students have the potential to go further.
The pastoral organisation of the school is based on vertical House tutor groups, who follow a comprehensive Expert Learner Programme. The teaching groups are either mixed ability or sets according to departmental policy. The schools’ curriculum is broad and balanced, and further opportunities are being considered to ensure it continues to match the needs of our learners.
Extra-curricular opportunities include sports, music, drama, foreign exchanges, outdoor pursuits, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme & Ten Tors and a range of clubs and visits.
Pastoral care and discipline are based on good teacher/pupil relationships, respect for the individual and close links with parents. Heads of House, the Success Leaders and form tutors play an important role but it is the responsibility all teachers to encourage high standards of behaviour.
All staff are given the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process through regular departmental, pastoral and staff meetings – and whole school events. Staff commitment is high and new teachers are expected to demonstrate similar commitment as well as high quality teaching and a willingness to contribute to the ethos and broader life of the school.
We look forward to welcoming applications from those who wish to join, support and enhance our community.