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

Y7-11 Absence: 01803 653 750

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

TGGS School Structure

Our School is divided into two very distinct phases.


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.  



Mrs Colombini, Head of Upper School, has been teaching at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School for 14 years. Passionate about teaching, she has successfully run a Human Biology A level using leading edge practical and contextual approaches, has been a Head of Year for two year groups, a job she enjoyed hugely, and has been the qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) working with outside agencies to deal with child protection issues for the past 5 years. During her time as Assistant Headteacher in charge of Teaching & Learning she shared her expertise and knowledge with staff on innovative teaching techniques and has introduced the Teaching and Learning Academy’s Recognition projects which encourage reflection and evaluation in teaching. Her delivery of cutting edge ideas has led her to be invited to speak in forums such as the first Annual Conference for the TLA in 2013 as well as teaching conferences run by the South West Academic Trust.


Her vision for the Upper School is to empower her students to enable them to reach their full potential in a caring, nurturing environment. The Upper School is where students will take part in a programme to develop self-belief, self-esteem and more of a ‘can-do’ attitude using positive psychology. Within the Upper School students will develop crucial life skills such as resilience, independence and problem based learning skills that will enable them to cope with the pressure of GCSEs, A levels, University and life beyond.



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