30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
T: 01803 613215

Y7-11 Absence: 01803 653 750

South West Secondary
School of the Year 2019

30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
E:   T: 01803 613215
Y7-11 Absence Line: 01803 653 750

South West Secondary School of the Year 2019

TGGS School Structure


Dr Nick Smith, Headteacher, has been Head of Torquay Girls’ Grammar school since 2007

After originally qualifying as a doctor, he spent a short spell as the penguin keeper at London Zoo before retraining to be a teacher. Seven schools later he arrived at TGGS and has passionately driven forward the 3 aims of the school:

Personal Development – To develop healthy individuals
Caring Attitudes – To make a positive contribution to the community
Academic Achievement - To make, at least, the expected academic progress

Unsurprisingly he is particularly interested in developing student health and the 10 Habits project is the platform for this.

Outside of school he is obsessed with Dartmoor and has visited all 367 Tors and Rocks.


Our School is divided into two very distinct phases - Lower School and Upper School.

The Lower School - Years 7-9: Aim To nurture our girls through the transition from Primary School. To deliver them to the Upper School having developed the appropriate learning skills, strong relationships and a desire to learn.

The Upper School - Years 10-13: Aim To lead our girls through 4 years of Upper School enabling them to reach their preferred course/career having achieved academically, developed high level learning skills and become both mentally & physically fit.


Mr Charlwood, Head of Lower School, has been teaching for 31 years within both the State & Independent Sector.  His career has taken him to comprehensive and selective, day and boarding schools where he has been Head of Geography (twice) and a member of the Senior Leadership Teams of two other girls’ schools (as Director of Sixth Form at Bruton School for Girls and Director of Studies at Downe House School in Berkshire).

His vision for the Lower School is that all Key Stage 3 students will look forward to coming to school each day, knowing that they will have fun; be happy, safe and supported; spend time with good friends and be both challenged by, and interested in, what they learn.  Every student should feel that their hopes and dreams will be encouraged, and in the Lower School they will begin to develop the personal qualities and skills that will enable them to achieve their aspirations. All girls should begin Year 10 mentally and physically fit for the challenges of Key Stage 4.  



Mr Gregory, has worked in all-girls grammar schools since 1997, and was previously in charge of the Sixth-Form at TGGS before taking on his present role as both Academic Deputy and Head of Upper School. In 2008, he was a runner-up in the National Secondary Teaching Awards, and he still says that his first love is teaching English Literature. 

In recent years, Mr. Gregory has been involved in numerous activities with our older students in an attempt to empower them to make choices that work for them. He believes in the student understanding what real work means, in them having a positive mind-set towards and learning from their mistakes. He believes that learning should be inspiring, that young people should come home talking about lessons, even, and that results come out of the active engagement and excitement that comes from an excited classroom; after all, there is nothing more life-enhancing than hearing genuine laughter from a classroom. He also adds that this is only a very small part of what school is really about – it is about learning to cooperate, working together and enjoying being part of a community that wants to enable you to be your best selves.  In his spare time, he plays golf badly, wishes he went running and occasionally remembers to go to choir.


Mrs Browne, Head of Sixth Form, has been a leading member of the TGGS Sixth Form team for the last 2 years, alongside teaching Politics A Level, History and the Extended Project Qualification. She previously taught History and Politics at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School where she was the Pastoral lead for their female International Baccalaureate students. Starting her teaching career at Churston Ferrers Grammar School, she also spent time working abroad as Head of History in an International British School.

Her role at TGGS is to facilitate the successful transition from GCSE to A Level by ensuring the delivery of both excellent academic provision and pastoral support, helping students to achieve their aspirations in a highly personalised learning environment. Her goal is to ensure that not only do they achieve excellent A Level results, but that they leave as resilient and empowered individuals, equipped with a diverse skill-set.



Miss Bucklar has brought energy and drive to Torquay Girls' Grammar School since her arrival here in 2003.  She has held a range of senior management positions including Director of Sixth Form, Head of Curriculum & Timetabling and Head of Mathematics.  She is renowned throughout the school as an exceptional Maths teacher and also for her ability to maintain excellent working relationships with young people whilst never compromising on standards.

She is now the Head of Key Stage 4 and working with the separate heads of years in a twin approach: to ensure the students achieve academically, and to ensure that they feel valued and looked after.


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