In science pupils are being given complex tasks that challenge them to extend their thinking.

Ofsted Report 2017

Here at Brixham College our Teaching and Learning philosophy is simple. Provide every student with an Ambitious Classroom where Thinking is Hard and ensure that No Child Will Underachieve.


These are our mantras. This is what we believe. This is what we do.


The Ambitious Classroom is all about challenge. Teachers are skilled in creating an outstanding environment which fosters progression from Year 7 entry right through to Year 13. This holistic approach to education creates a student who is easily identifiable as being from Brixham College. Year 7 brings many changes for students in their transition from primary school. Students are hooked in to their learning from the beginning of the very first lesson here and all lessons must be equally rewarding.

Teachers take pride in planning for all our students needs and encourage them to become independent thinkers and learners from day one. These are skills that we have identified as being essential to the future work of work and employment.

Teachers  foster an open dialogue with all students to allow them to shape and mould learning, thus providing a bespoke learning environment for all learners.

Home learning is essential to accelerate progress and must be set at least once every timetable rotation. Teachers  experiment with different media of submission to allow creativity and to encourage students to explore their own lines of excellence.

Teachers  look at ways to extend The Ambitious Classroom beyond the walls of the College, setting up digital classrooms where students and staff can collaborate in learning in a safe, online environment which builds confidence and encourages questions to extend knowledge.

This starts with The Ambitious Classroom. It starts with Thinking Hard. It starts with our desire to ensure that no child will underachieve. It ends with them leaving to seek their fortune in the wider world but always carrying a little piece of Brixham College in their hearts.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 8)

This is a crucial stage in which students learn to work more independently and begin to develop a rich knowledge base that can be applied to thinking and problem-solving exercises.


Learning at this stage is divided into subject areas within faculties:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative and Media (incorporating visual, performing and technological arts)
  • Beliefs and Cultures (incorporating religious, philosophical, sociological and historical education)
  • Global Studies (incorporating geographical and linguistic knowledge and skills)
  • Healthy Living (incorporating physical, health and social education)
  • ICT


You can find out more about the faculties by clicking HERE.


Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11)

Learning at this stage is aimed at giving students the skills, competencies and knowledge that they need to progress into further education, training or employment.


At Brixham College we value all that our students do; our aim is to ensure that we get the right students on the right courses at the right time in the lives. You can find out about Key Stage 4 options HERE. This is the first step in setting students on the right pathway.


It is important that areas of the curriculum and opportunities are not lost at the end of Year 8, and therefore all areas of study are available to choose in Years 9, 10 and 11 according to interest, aptitude and ability.  All  students have the opportunity to take between eight or eleven GCSEs.


We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all of our learners, but also offer the flexibility of practical courses in vocational subjects leading to a range of qualifications. Students may be entered for some examinations early when it is judged that this will enhance their achievement. The College’s Early Entry Policy can be found HERE.

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