Templer Sixth Form continues to build upon successful collaboration between Coombeshead Academy and Teign School that has flourished over the last six years. We offer a range of academic and vocational courses, delivered by experienced subject specialists with a proven track record in delivering quality education for students from all local secondary schools. We can proudly claim to be popular choice for Post 16 education within Newton Abbot and the surrounding area.

Academic and vocational excellence have always been at the heart of Coombeshead Academy’s and Teign School’s Sixth Form provision. This is evident both in the record number of students choosing to study here and the history of success. In recent years students securing places at the country’s top Russell Group universities has steadily increased; a number have progressed to study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and leading stage and performance universities in London. This year again saw 93% of students securing their first choice universities. All other students who applied for university achieved a place either at their reserve choice or via clearing. Through the annual Careers and Higher Education Fair strong links have been forged with the top Higher Education institutions.

Students choosing to follow more vocational routes have experienced equal success in securing employment and further training within their chosen specialist fields, including professional cookery, construction, retail and customer service, ICT and land based studies.

In addition to record recruitment and retention levels at both Coombeshead and Teign this September, the last few years has seen a marked increase in the number of external students selecting to study with the Templer Sixth Form. Templer Sixth Form has a very simple and proven formula for ensuring success. It strives to provide one of the broadest ranges of academic and vocational offers for students within a supportive and nurturing pastoral environment that ensures students are treated as individuals. Students come first and flourish in such an environment.

Why study at Templer Sixth Form?

Templer Sixth Form provides a comprehensive range of ‘A’ Level courses. In recent years the curriculum offer has been considerably enhanced by our collaboration. Students can now access a range of over 40 A Level courses, in addition to BTEC and Vocational programmes of study. Individual timetabling matches students’ personal requirements; by working in partnership we are able to extend the opportunities for our students.

Head of Sixth Form – Ros Walker ros.walker@teignschool.org.uk

Outstanding senior leadership promoting improvement

Strong student voice

Excellent progression by students

Outstanding Careers and Higher Education guidance



Ros Walker – Leader of Post 16

Tel: 01626 366969 Ext: 1516


Mary Wills – Head of Year

Tel: 01626 366969 Ext: 1516


Liana Gaston – Sixth Form Co-ordinator

Tel: 01626 366969 Ext: 1517


Teign Sixth From is a wonderful place to study and learn. The values of Teign school that apply to all our students of care, personal development, achievement and progression lay the foundation of our students’ successes.

Our mission is clear:

At Teign we aim to be an outstanding leader in Post 16 learning, to develop the potential of all students in a dynamic and caring community whilst preparing them to develop the qualities needed to successfully meet the demands of a changing world.

‘Teaching in the Sixth Form is good; teachers have strong subject knowledge and this enables students to deepen their understanding…teachers set ambitious targets and plan lessons that challenge students to work hard and reach their potential.’ OFSTED 2015


Admissions for September

Every year Teign offers the opportunity for around 130 new students to study Post 16. Many are from the main school as they value the continuity and quality of teaching at Teign School.

For any enquiries regarding application and admissions process please email Liana.Gaston@educationsouthwest.org.uk

To Apply

Please download the Post 16 Application Form

Every student applying to Sixth Form is interviewed and supported in making their decisions. Students are guided throughout Year 11 to make informed decisions about their progression onto Post 16.

For courses running with South Devon College please download the Templer 6th Vocational courses leaflet


Pathway 1 – Advanced Levels

Most students study three subjects in both Year 12 and Year 13.

They may include one or more facilitating subjects to ensure entry to the Russell Group Universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter, Bristol or a leading university in a student’s chosen field of study.

Pathway 2 – Advanced Levels and Level 3 BTEC

Most students study three subjects in both Year 12 and Year 13. They will be aspiring to university entry or Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Pathway 3 – Vocational courses at Level 2

For students with fewer than five GCSE grade Cs or above. Students will select one Level 2 course, re-sit English and Mathematics. In addition, students will undertake work experience and this will be accredited through BTEC. This will equip students to go onto Level 3 courses or secure an Apprenticeship.



Although academic achievement remains the primary focus, we recognise the need to develop the whole person. Whether that is leading the Student Council, supporting a local Volunteer group, participating in a debating competition, leading Primary School sports’ tournaments, Teign will always look to go beyond the obvious to develop each individual including trips that will enhance learning.


The A level Geography and Photography departments ran a combined trip to Iceland. We travelled with Rayburn Tours flying from Bristol for the 5 day visit.

Prior to our departure we had several meetings, one of which was with our guide, who was travelling with us from Bristol. He talked us through the itinerary and told us a little about the various places we would be seeing when we arrived.

Teign in Iceland blog


The 6th Form has its own Student Union that looks at running the Sixth Form and spending student finance on making the student environment better. For example the sofas in the common room were all provided by the Student Union fund. Students regularly take part in and organise charity events.

Every student will be asked to make £10 contribution to the school Student Union. This subscription will be used by the union members on behalf of the whole of the Sixth Form.

If you wish to be a member of the Student Union to contribute to these decisions, put your name down; the SU council will run every Thursday during registration.

*If you would like to become a member of the National Student Union, for a small fee of £12 you can register online at www.nus.org.uk and obtain a Student Union card which will allow you to receive student discount in many places.



Templer Sixth Form celebrate an excellent set of A level Results

Students and staff at Education South West secondary schools, Teign School and Coombeshead Academy, are once again celebrating an excellent set of A level examination results.

Coombeshead Academy is once again celebrating an exceptional set of post-16 results. As part of Education South West and the Templar Sixth Form, in partnership with Teign School, the academy offers a wide range of level 3 pathways resulting in pupils accessing grades at in both A’ level and equivalent subjects.

This year pupils have achieved great individual success, contributing to increased performance as a school on all measures in comparison to last years results that were above the national average. Consequently, we are delighted to see pupils achieve a place in further education, employment and training and wish them well in the next chapter of their lives.

65% of grades awarded were at A*-B with 87% achieving a C grade or better. All at Coombeshead Academy are incredibly proud of the achievements of the Sixth Form pupils.  Their hard work and determination has resulted in some stunning results, and bright futures to look forward to.  It is important also that we thank both their teachers and parents for the support and encouragement they have received on their journey towards this success.  Many of our pupils are now looking forward to joining a wide range of university degree courses, ranging from Medicine to teaching, Classics and Sports Science.  With a further opportunities available for those pupils who are entering the world of work and higher level apprenticeships.

Andrew Hulbert, Headteacher, said “I am delighted for all of the pupils receiving results this year. The year 13 cohort have been a pleasure to have at the school and are a clear demonstration of what hard work and commitment can achieve. The results are truly stunning, and I would like to wish all pupils every success in their future endeavours”

Jackie Druiff, Director of Sixth form said, “ I’m absolutely thrilled for all of our students who have worked so hard to achieve this success. The dedication of our teaching and support staff, as well as the encouragement from parents has paid off with an outstanding set of results.”

Teign School were delighted by another very strong set of A level results this summer. The students have performed fantastically well and should be extremely proud of their achievements. They have worked very hard and shown tremendous perseverance and determination to succeed throughout their time as Teign students within Templer Sixth form. The progress of students has improved from the previous year and more than two thirds of the grades for A level and vocational courses were grade C or higher and one third were grades A*-B.

With the changes and increase in the challenge of the A levels over the last  two years and the move to terminal examinations at the end of the two years of study, it is very pleasing that with the support of the hardworking staff, students have excelled. The vast majority of students have achieved grades for them to be accepted at their first choice of university, including many at Russell Group Universities, with students of all ability set to pursue their future dreams and careers. Congratulations to all of the students for their achievements and wish them all the best for their future endeavours.

Head of Sixth Form, Ros McClymont, said, “’On behalf of the staff at Teign school we would like to pass on our congratulations to our wonderful students who have, yet again, achieved a fantastic set of A level results. We are exceptionally proud of their achievements. These results are well deserved and down to our students’ hard work, commitment and endeavour over the last two years.  We are delighted that so many have achieved grades in line with, or above expectations. As in previous years we are thrilled our students are accessing some of the best universities and courses across the country and we wish all of them the best of luck for their exciting and aspirational next steps.”



Every Year 12 student has the opportunity to apply for Summer School places at some of the most prestigious universities in the UK and America. This is a highly competitive process and the students have to go through a rigorous process to be successful in securing a place.

Many of these placements mean students are automatically guaranteed an interview at that university for a place on their chosen course.

Here are some details of just a few of the students; the destinations of their chosen Summer School and including a brief overview of their experience.

Katie Douglass – Harvard University
Katie travelled to Harvard University in America to experience Undergraduate life at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. She immersed herself in Harvard life by attending lectures and seminars as well as engaging in extracurricular activities. She is now reading Biomedicine at Balliol College Oxford.

Megan Donnelly – secured placements at Summer Schools at Oxford University, Nottingham University and with the Nuffield scheme.
Megan took part in the UNIQ programme focusing on Biomedical Science. At Nottingham University Summer School she experienced what it would be like to study Medical Physiology. Megan also ensured she gained some practical experience in her chosen field with a four week placement at Torbay Hospital where she carried out her own research through the Nuffield Placement Scheme.

Isabella Pojuner – Cambridge University
Isabella has a place to read History at the University of Cambridge. The Summer School she undertook at Cambridge in Year 12 allowed her to go into detail about how the course and the specific areas of study. She met with professors from Cambridge who offered her further insight. There were also opportunities to widen students’ experiences of undergraduate life outside academia.

Robert Bolt – Bath University
Robert undertook a Summer Placement within the Chemistry Department at Bath University. He used equipment in the labs and worked on a project focusing on Critical Micelle Concentration. In addition, he spent one week in the University accommodation and used the sports facilities.

Holly Gilbert – Royal Geography Society in the Lake District
Holly was nominated by her Geography teacher to take part in this nationwide programme which allows students to tour the Lake District conducting investigations. This week long experience Holly used as vital work experience for applying to university.


Teign Sixth Form opened in September 1994. The first group of students were trailblazers for what is now a thriving Post 16 community. So many former students have gone on to achieve great things and secure successful careers.

Here are just a few of our alumni of whom we are very proud.

“Teign staff always made me feel I could achieve my best.”

2009 - 2016 Katie Douglass

University of Oxford - Balliot College 2016, Biomedical Sciences

David was one of the first cohort of students through Teign Sixth Form. He continues to support the school through the annual Careers & Higher Education Fair with his colleagues from CH2M, a global engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction, and operations services for corporations and local government.

1989 - 1996 David Bellamy

1999 – 2006 Catherine Blackwell

I was a student at Teign School from 1999-2006, where my A Levels included Music, Drama, Philosophy and Ethics and Psychology. I always knew that I wanted to go to University but was never certain what I wanted to study, so I spent my time in Sixth Form investigating career opportunities.

Having decided to go down the route of Forensic Psychology, I was advised to take Psychology as an umbrella subject and focus on Forensics later down the line.

After Sixth Form I went straight to the Royal Holloway, the University of London to study BSc in Psychology, graduating witha 2:1 in 2009.

After three years of studying Psychology and a research position, I decided that Psychology was not the right path for me, and I missed what I had loved the most – The Arts. As a result I decided to undertake an MA in Arts Management at Dartington College of Arts.

Whilst studying for my Masters I founded and managed my own Arts Festival, which I continued to work on for three years. Both my degree and various work experiences (East Festival, for the Mayor’s Office London, and a corporate event for Diago) was the spring board for my first job, Events administrator and Duty Manager at Alexandra Palace; after six months I was promoted to Events Manager.

I am now in my second job as Event Manager at the Royal Albert Hall and this year will be Head Events Manager for BBC Proms. The Royal Albert Hall was my dream venue to work in and it was always my aim to work on the Proms.

I believe my education route was very important in my career development. I have found that following what you love and not necessarily what you see to be a ‘good’ career choice is vital.

I think Teign was great for exploring different subject options and for delving into extra curricular areas. I definitely developed my love for Music and Drama at Teign School and am happy that I have been able to incorporate this into my job.

Harriet Godfrey Year 13 – at time of writing

Having studied at Teign School from Year 7 to 11, achieving 6 A*, 1 Distinction* and 4 A grades at GCSE, I moved to Coombeshead for my A Levels as I wanted to study Performing Arts, a course not offered at Teign. At first, I was nervous about starting at a different school and did not know how I would feel being surrounded by unfamiliar staff and students. However, everyone was so welcoming right from the start and it did not take me long to settle in.

Along with BTEC Performing Arts, I am studying BTEC Dance and A Level Drama for which I achieved two Distinction* and an A at AS Level. I hope to maintain these results during my second year of Sixth Form.

Currently auditioning for Musical Theatre degree courses, I hope to achieve this qualification after my A Levels. My ambition is to work within the Performing Arts industry, ultimately in London’s West End performing in musicals.

My advice to prospective students who are making choices would be to do something you enjoy. Working towards something you are passionate about will feel so much more rewarding than choosing a subject you do not enjoy. I believe that when you enjoy something you will naturally want to work hard to succeed in it and therefore be proud of your achievements.

Being a student at both Teign and Coombeshead has enabled me to achieve what I have wanted to as well as teaching me that stepping outside of your comfort zone can be a positive thing.

I have been given so many wonderful opportunities with both schools and am pleased with how my experiences have enabled me to develop so I now feel prepared to start professional training.

Joe Mitchell Year 14 – at time of writing

Joe is spending this year studying Politics and Sociology having already secured A Levels in History, Archaeology and Media.

Working over at Coombeshead for Archaeology , Joe benefited from having a greater curriculum choice across two Sixth Form centres.

Joe reflected on how Teign has supported him throughout his time at school. One of a twin, Jessica, his sister, was also at Teign. Joe was born with hemiplegic cerebral palsy which means he has a weakness on the left side of his body. This involves wearing a leg brace but any difficulties Joe may have encountered have never stopped him being the amazing young man he is. His positive outlook, determination, hard work and dedication make him “a joy to be around”.

1997 – 2004 Chris Lovegrove

I was part of the 1997 cohort at Teign School, completing my GCSEs and going on to Sixth Form for A Levels. On reflection, my time at Teign School set me in good stead for my university career, as well as life in general. I made lifelong friends, developed essential study skills and gained the qualifications I needed to support my choices. The whole team at Teign, from teachers to administrators to catering staff, contributed towards my development.

Fortunately, I had a clear idea of the career I wanted to pursue. The support offered by Teign School, including a two week work experience and careers advice, was instrumental in the choices that I made. As a result, the university application process was less anxiety provoking and more straight forward.

I applied to St Loyes School of Health Studies to complete a BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy. In 2007, I was awarded my degree by the Allied Peninsula Health Collaboration. I then went on to work in supported housing with homeless young people and moved to Surrey to work a rotation in an acute hospital. It was here that I discovered my passion for Neurology.

After moving back to Devon in 2009, I have been specialising in OT for people with neurological problems. In 2012, I achieved the role of Team Lead OT in Neurology & Movement disorders at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital.

In 2013, I presented some of the work I have been doing with people with Parkinson’s at a conference in Montreal. At the end of 2015, I started a Masters degree in clinical research and am excited by possible future doctoral study opportunities. My dream job is to one day develop myself as an OT consultant, or in a professorial role, contributing to the evidence base to help as many people as possible.

TIm Boyd 2006 – 2013

During my first two years at Cambridge I have loved the Oxbridge experience. The real plus of these universities is in terms of the quality and scale of almost all provision, from teaching, to welfare to financial support. Firstly, teaching is provided not only in the usual lecture format but also in small group tuition, usually one to one with a world class academic; I have four hours a week of this.

Welfare; there is support in many ways: through a specific academic, essentially paid to be your friend, fellow students trained to help and support, college nurses, councillors, the collage porters and cleaners who will get to know you by name and always be up for a chat.

Cambridge has pledges that no student should ever leave because they could not produce sufficient funds. THis is possible due to substantial financial support available in the form of many bursaries. Other support is available for leisure activities such as travel grants, one even specifically for Himalayan hiking, and in my case an eight week trip to Japan.

At Cambridge I have successfully been assessed as a first class student in both years, even managing to win an award or two. However, I do have time for hobbies; I have learnt some Mandarin, seen many famous speakers (including Russell Brand, Rev Jessie Jackson and Stephen Fry), play squash, travelled by train to the edge of Asia and am currently co-president of an educational science charitable organisation.

My time at Teign and Coombeshead enabled me to both access and enjoy Cambridge. I felt specific strength of these schools was a desire to teach through more than just a box ticking exam prep and actually encourage students to have a deeper understanding of the content being taught, providing and excellent grounding for future study.

Whilst at Teign Sixth Form extensive effort was given to help with my application to Cambridge from the encouragement to apply, to interview preparation, the whole process was supported.



You may wish to enter an advanced modern apprenticeship when you leave school. Local training providers can be accessed through.


You should click on ‘Courses’ then Work and Training’ which will show a list of all training providers and the occupation areas they offer.


Why should I use it?

Parents and guardians with little or no prior knowledge of Higher Education can find it hard to understand how best to support their son or daughter throughout the process.

Students and parents can access the information they need about Higher Education and the UCAS application process.

“Students and their parents can access information they need”


UCAS Career finder tool

UCAS career finder tool is a searchable database of work and training oppotunities – ideal for those considering their options after education.

It is open to all students, whether they’re in school or college, applying to HE, studying at uni, or if they’ve recently graduated.

Users are able to create a personal profile and sign up for job alerts. They can also search and apply for a variety of opportunities, including:

– employer sponsored degrees

– school leaver opportunities

– apprenticeships

– work experience

– placement schemes

– insight days

We already have leading graduate employers featured, including British Telecom, JP Morgan, Hilton Worldwide, PwC, and KPMG. Many offer multiple opportunities in a variety of different locations for each of the schemes they run. To get the best results from a search:

– use one of the pre-filtered searched: at school or college, at uni, or graduates. These give learners a smaller, but highly relevant, set of results

– use the ‘Find a job’ tab to get a full view of all the available opportunities

If students are interested in larger schemes from the big employers, they should select ‘Nationwide’ as an option when searching – many of the schemes sre available across the country.


The UCAS news app is now available to download on iPhone and Android. Make sure you try it out yourself – stay up to date with all the latest UCAS news!


Online questionnaire to help you choose a course:
UK Course Finder

Official Universities and Colleges Admissions Service website:

Direct links to Higher Education websites:

Covers most degree courses:

Why, Where, What and How of studying:

This includes private sector accommodation:
Accommodation for students

For up-to-date information on loans and fees:
Student Support Direct

Information on funding, budget planning, loan repayments and wage predictions:
Student Money

The gateway to undergraduate courses in the USA:
EAS: Study in the USE


Updated exam information will be posted as soon as it becomes available

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact
Mrs R Thacker, Exams Officer: Direct dial 01626 882822 or email rachel.thacker@teignschool.org.uk



A parent’s guide to applying to university and funding information

Teign School | Templer Sixth Form – Chudleigh Road, Kingsteignton, TQ12 3JG

Ros McClymont – Leader of Post 16
Tel: 01626 366969 Ext: 1516

Mary Wills – Head of Year
Tel:01626 366969 Ext: 1516

Liana Gaston – Sixth Form Co-ordinator
Tel:01626 366969 Ext: 1517


Chudleigh Road
TQ12 3JG
01626 366969