At EF Academy’s private boarding school in Torquay, in the borough of Torbay, our campus extends beyond the classrooms and into the quiet town the school is nestled in. The community – made up of students, school staff and locals – has often been described as a family and you will feel very much at home in this encouraging learning environment.
At our international secondary school in Torbay, we educate and empower students based on the philosophy that students succeed when they feel cared for.
We are dedicated to ensuring students at EF Academy Torbay feel comfortable and supported by teachers, guidance counselors, house parents and host families at every stage of their high school education – particularly between the IGCSE and IB or A-Level program and throughout the university application process. Most students apply to universities in the UK, but our experienced university guidance counselor also supports students who wish to send their applications to schools in the U.S. and their home countries. This personalized university guidance process involves arranging college visits and working with students on a one-on-one basis to determine what programs they should apply to.
For students aged 14 to 16 who seek an internationally recognized academic qualification.
For students aged 16 to 19 who would like to pursue a global education and career.
For students aged 16 to 19 who would like to specialize their high school studies.
For students who do not yet meet the programs’ requirements or who want to kickstart their education abroad.
“My host family is fabulous. Every time I have a problem, I know I can come and talk to them. They support me and have welcomed me into their lives.”Read More Darya Bulayeva EF Academy Torbay
Our experienced university guidance counselors work with each student to help them determine what their best program and university options are. Throughout the research and application processes, our counselors are available to answer any questions students have. Once offers start coming in, students will receive thorough preparation for interviews, the IELTS exam and any other tests they must take for their desired program choice.
Mark Howe earned a Postgraduate Certificate of Innovation in Education from Warwick University, a Postgraduate Certificate of Education for Secondary History from the University of West England and a Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) in History from King Alfred’s College. Before accepting the position of Head of School at EF Academy Torbay, Mr. Howe worked at the British School of Guangzhou in China.Read More
Rob Tasker is Deputy Head of School at EF Academy Torbay where he has oversight for all elements of student welfare and of the busy boarding environment. Rob holds a Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary Education and Physical Education with Geography from Exeter University. He has worked in a range of educational settings, both in the UK and overseas. A love of lifelong learning and the opportunity to work with young people brought Rob into the field of education which also enabled him to continue working in a sporting environment - combining both of his biggest passions. Rob loves having the ability to build strong working relationships with students and seeing so many worldwide cultures combine to form one large family.Read More
Louise Blondell holds a joint Bachelor's degree in French and Spanish (hons), and has taught in comprehensive secondary schools across the region for several years where she has had a variety of leadership roles.Her role at EF Academy Torbay allows Louise the opportunity to fuse two very special worlds: teaching and language. Louise has a strong interest in developing young people and helping them do their best, which encouraged her to become an educator. She enjoys playing a role in the wider lives and experiences of her students and being part of the EF family.Read More
Debbie Chatterton holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and IT. She has worked in the education sector for over 20 years. She’s held several roles in continuing education working with students to prepare their university applications. Debbie experienced difficulties in school and found learning to be a challenge, which inspired her later in her life to teach and help young people to enjoy education and gain confidence from their knowledge. Debbie loves to be with the students, as she admires their courage and enthusiasm for the journeys they are undertaking.Read More
Over the last 12 years, Annie has worked in a range of roles from a curriculum leader in English to a pastoral leader and, most recently, as Senior Assistant Head Teacher responsible for curriculum and pastoral areas in a London school of 1500 students. As a Designated Safeguarding Officer, she has had experience in dealing with a broad range of issues around Child Protection and has extensive knowledge of how best to support young people. She has taught English Language and English Literature under a variety of exam boards at GCSE and A Level, including Cambridge IGCSE, as well as the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Secondary English.Read More
Neil Abbott has spent three years studying pastoral care and theology, twenty-five years working in pastoral ministry in a protestant church, and 4.5 years working as a teaching assistant with students. Neil has been working pastorally at EF Torbay since March 2013 when he began working as a guidance counsellor. Last year, his role was changed to embrace the academic side of students' lives as well; he is now a Pathway manager for students from Germany, Russia, Spain and USA. Neil enjoys collaborating with parents to ensure his students' success at EF Academy Torbay and in the future.Read More
Pauline Zhang holds a BA in Tourism Management and has been working with EF for just over 8 years. Pauline transferred to EF Academy Torbay in 2015 to work as a guidance counselor and subsequently as a Pathway Manager. Pauline has a great deal of experience working with students around the world in an academic and pastoral capacity, offering guidance and support to students in her care. She values the quality time that she spends with each and every one of her students, and she hopes that she helps each student on their journey of seeking education.Read More
Gundel Bonfield has been teaching art and German for a long time and in many different kinds of schools and colleges around England. She was the Head of Art in a school in Surrey for eight years. Originally, Gundel is from Germany, so she understands how challenging and rewarding it is to live and learn in another country.Read More
Mandy graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Mathematics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She also completed a Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute whilst leading the General Education section in a further education college. Prior to joining EF in 2008, she taught a range of mathematics qualifications in both secondary and further education, and has successfully led the mathematics faculty at EF Academy for 5 years. Her aim is to guide all students to reach their full potential and to develop a love of and enjoyment in learning.Read More
Maria Jennings graduated from James Madison University in the U.S. with a BA (Hons) in English and Spanish. She has also earned a Master’s Degree in Modern Philology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Madrid. Maria earned further diplomas in Teaching Spanish to Speakers of Other Languages and Counseling Skills and Careers Advising. She has taught at various schools in the UK and has been an IB examiner since 1998.Read More
Tina Desmond has an LLB in Law, a PGCE, and previous experience teaching English Business Law and Employment Law at City College in Plymouth before she joined EF Academy in 2009. Tina enjoys helping others to fulfill their dreams and aspirations as her teachers did for her. The family environment that is created by the staff at EF Academy creates a special community that Tina and her students will never forget.Read More
Mark Glew holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accountancy. Prior to working at EF, Mark worked as a chartered accountant. He joined the field of education due to his belief and passion that an education offers incredible opportunities to young adults. Mark loves the diversity, enthusiasm, and curiosity of the international students at EF Academy Torbay.Read More
Wendy Daniels holds a Bachelor's in Biochemistry and Physiology as well as a PGCE. Wendy's love of biology drew her to become a teacher, where she is able to share her passion with her students. She loves to run, cycle and sing, and she values the wealth of experience brought by different cultures here at EF Academy.Read More
Owen Styler holds a BSc (hons) in Sport Science and a BA in Sport Performance. Owen's keen interest in sport at secondary school eventually led him to become a teacher; while studying at the University of Bath he had the chance to coach and work with students of all backgrounds. This confirmed for Owen that education was the field for him. Owen loves to interact with the students and enjoys helping provide an opportunity for all young people to participate in and enjoy sports.Read More
Rachel Galvin holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics for Decision-Making and a PGCSE in Secondary Education. Rachel has over 25 years of experience teaching Mathematics and has spent 13 years working in schools abroad. Rachel became an educator because she loves being able to work with young people in a career where every day is different. She especially loves her role as Head of Elberry house, which brings out her competitive side and allows her to be involved in a wide range of activities with the students.Read More
Oliver Chapman holds a Bachelor's in Physics and Cosmology from Reading University, a Master's in Physics (Gas Correlation Spectroscopy), and a PGCE in Secondary Science Education. Oliver has been with EF Academy Torbay for nine years, and taught physics in secondary school and at the University level before that. Having the opportunity to share his enthusiasm and knowledge of physics are some of Oliver's favorite parts of teaching. Oliver also runs the robotics club and is the Head of Oyster house this year, and is excited to help inspire students in extra-curricular activities.Read More
Sean Kirby holds a Bachelor's in Biology (hons) from the University of Manchester and a PGCE in Secondary Science. Sean has ten years of teaching experience and has taught secondary science at several schools around southwest England before joining EF Torbay. Sean enjoys teaching because he is able to continue learning about a subject he loves in an environment where every day is different. The friendliness of the students that we have here at EF Torbay is something Sean highly values.Read More
Chris Nicholls holds a BA in History (Hons) and a PGCE, and has been involved in outdoor education for many years, where Chris has led adventure activities and has worked as an IB CAS coordinator. Chris's mother worked in education for many years and Chris decided to follow in her footsteps, but the role of CAS coordinator is what led Chris to co-curricular activities, an area of education (s)he really enjoys. The great people (s)he works with and the varied and fantastic students (s)he is able to help on their educational journeys are some of Chris's favorite things about EF Academy Torbay.Read More
Dan holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Italian and a Master's in TESOL. Dan has been working in the ESL industry for over fifteen years in Thailand, Italy, Spain and the UK. With a passion for language, Dan enjoys working with young people and firmly believes that the key to students' success is ensuring that they are proficient in English. Dan's favorite part of working at EF are is students.Read More
Tricia Asquith holds a BSc in Physics (Hons) and a PGCE, and she has many experience teaching and leading in physics, mathematics, and science. As a female and a physicist, Tricia wants to encourage more girls to study what has been a male-dominated subject. She is excited to see this field progressing as more girls are taking on these jobs! Tricia's favorite things about working at EF Academy are being with the students and sharing their stories, and being able to see them develop as young people in society.Read More
Lisa Barlass has a Bachelor's degree in Health and Community Practice as a Community Children's Nurse, she is a registered nurse, and has an advanced diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Lisa has over twenty years of experience working as a children's nurse, both overseas and in the UK. Her role as the school nurse at EFA Torbay brings together all of her previous experience in providing clinical and emotional support to children and young people. She loves working with the students and learning about their lives and cultures.Read More
Andrew Thain holds a Bachelor's in English Literature and a PGCE and has more than ten years of teaching experience in a variety of schools, both internationally and domestically. Andrew genuinely believes in making a better future for both individuals and society - and education is a key part of doing so! Working in a genuinely international setting is one thing Andrew values about his position at EF Academy Torbay, where he is enriched daily by all of the different cultures and languages around him.Read More
Fiona McGinnes spent several years running her own business in Ireland and the USA and returned home to the UK to host international students whilst completing an Early Years & Education degree. Fiona worked at EF Academy Torbay for a year managing the placement of EF Academy students into local host families in Torbay and has now taken on a new role as Pathway Manager for students from Italy, S Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand.Read More
Sarah Whitford joins the EF Academy Torbay team having last year gained a BSc Honours degree specialising in working with young people and their families. Sarah will be working with our students from Russia, Indonesia, India and the Middle East & Africa.Read More
Tracey joined EF Academy in January 2019 as the School Nurse. Prior to this, for the past eight years she has been working in the Torbay area, both as an Acute Paediatric Nurse and a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. Her knowledge of the health care system in Torbay both acute and preventative allows her to give the best care to our students. Tracey feels proud to provide medical care as the facilities provided by EF Academy allow her to do this with complete confidence.Read More
Mark Howe Head of School
Robert Tasker Deputy Head of School
Louise Blondell Assistant Head: Director of Teaching & Learning
Debbie Chatterton Director of University Guidance
Annie Hall Senior Pathway Manager
Neil Abbott Pathway Manager
Pauline Zhang Pathway Manager
Gundel Bonfield Head of Faculty - Arts
Mandy Meek Head of Faculty - Mathematics
Maria Jennings Head of Faculty - Modern Languages
Tina Desmond Head of Faculty - Humanities & Law and Head of Boarding, Residences
Mark Glew Head of Faculty - Business & IT
Wendy Daniels Head of Faculty - Science
Owen Styler Head Of Sport & Head Of Ansteys House
Rachel Galvin Maths & Head of Elberry House
Oliver Chapman Physics Teacher & Head of Oyster House
Sean Kirby Science Teacher & Head of Saltern House
Chris Nicholls Enrichment Coordinator
Dan Luly ESL Coordinator
Tricia Asquith Physics Teacher & BTEC Program Leader
Lisa Barlass School Nurse
Andrew Thain English Teacher & IB Coordinator
Fiona McGinnes Pathway Manager
Sarah Whitford Pathway Manager
Tracey Gifford School Nurse
EF Academy Torbay is located in the South West of England on the south coast of Devon which lends itself to a variety of activities that take place on or near the water such as sailing and coasteering. Thanks to partnerships with local business, our boarding school students enjoy free or reduced entry or discounts to Torbay’s gym, pool, climbing center, restaurants and cafes.
“We give our students the curricular opportunities to do that inside the classroom, coupled with leadership opportunities outside the classroom – whether on the sports fields, in the Model United Nations club, or student council. We provide the opportunities for them to try new things, to become risk-takers, to become leaders.”Read More Debbie Chatterton Director of University Guidance
EF Academy Torbay
EF Academy’s British high school in Torbay features impressive facilities and boasts a beautiful location near the sea. The campus is safe and secure and is just a short walk from the quaint town center.
Our on-campus facilities have been designed to inspire you. The art studio has large windows that face the sea – perfect for landscape study. The state-of-the-art science labs are ideal for conducting experiments and research in class and with study groups. Our international private school in Torbay is located on top of a hill and its most prominent feature is its modern-day castle where several classrooms are housed.
Torbay’s coffee shops, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants are just a stroll away from campus. Here, you will experience how students and locals weave together to create a tight-knit, welcoming community.
Devon TQ1 3BG
Tel: +44 (0)1803 202932
Devon TQ1 3BG
Tel: +44 (0)1803 202932
We have selected the best housing options for students at our boarding school in Torbay. Whether you choose to live with a host family or in the student residence, you will have quiet places to study and a comfortable place you can call home.
EF Academy's international school in Torbay has four off-campus residences which are located about a 12 to 20-minute walk away from the academic building. Students eat breakfast and dinner in the residence building before and after school and can buy lunch from the school dining hall on campus. House parents live with the students, ensuring they are safe and that they are in their rooms by curfew, and house tutors support them with homework in the evenings and on weekends. They also oversee the supervised study hall sessions, which take place in the residence. A full-time nurse employed by the school is on duty daily.
Host family students live with local families and are immersed in traditional British culture and enjoy a comfortable home environment. Whether they live in the residence or with a host family, students have access to quiet study areas at the school (and lounges in the dormitory) where they meet with their classmates (and roommates) to study and hang out.
To get more details about our Torbay campus
Read our latest inspection report here.
Read our previous inspection report here.
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EF Academy Torbay Executive Committee
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