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Medal success at the British Biology Olympiad

The 2018 British Biology Olympiad (BBO), open to students around the world, took place between 23rd - 31st January 2018.

Four TGGS Year 13 students performed exceptionally well at the competition, which is run by the Royal Society of Biology and consists of two, 45-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. 

 Huge congratulations to Liberty Palmer (Gold), Megan Pearson (Silver), Rebecca Thompson (Bronze) and Rebecca Harrison (Bronze - not pictured) on their well deserved success!



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.


Alps Score Certificate



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: 




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