Torquay Academy: Education Services, Secondary

The Project

The vision for renewal and rebuilding of Torquay Academy embraced a wide range of innovative aspirations at a time when the national focus was on rebuilding poor condition secondary schools.

The project was delivered through an initiative known as “Building Schools for the Future – One School Pathfinder.” This was a nationally recognised grant funding scheme in the schools sector.

Under the scheme the transformation of the school was dramatic, with vastly improved state-of-the-art facilities and excellent teaching spaces.


  • To build the new school whilst continuing teaching in the old build and then demolition of the old building in stages, as sectors of the new building were handed over for use
  • To control costs over three years, at a time of increases in material costs and a change in Government focus
  • As the project costs were higher than the available budget, a proposed grey water recovery system was cut from the project. Interserve offered to provide it at their cost so the roof water is collected and used to flush the toilets.


The £29m rebuild of Torquay Academy was overseen by the Education Team and partly funded from the Government’s Building Schools for the Future initiative. The project was successfully completed due to additional funding from Torbay Council.

Stride Treglown of Plymouth project managed the scheme from inception to completion. The project was completed on time, to budget and to a high standard. Feedback from the school senior leadership team and pupils has been very positive.

Following on from this successful project, additional schemes such as new science labs and classrooms are being managed by TDA.

Total Cost£29m
SectorEducation, Secondary
LocationSouth Devon
Torquay Academy: Education Services, Secondary
This is a fantastic learning environment and we feel a sense of pride in how the school has moved forward. The students are motivated, enthusiastic and receptive to new ideas. Torquay Academy is at the forefront of leading innovative teaching with learning opportunities fit for the 21st Century.
—Steve Margetts, Principal, Torquay Academy
Clare Talbot
Head of Education Services
Telephone: 01803 208220