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Newton Abbot College is a mixed 11 –19 Academy with over 1000 students on roll with a large and diverse Sixth Form. Our recent full section 5 Ofsted inspection in April 2019 described us as, "a  harmonious school where pupils are thriving" and went on to note that, "pupils are respectful of each other and adults.  Their behaviour is consistently of a high standard."

The College has undergone rapid change including significant improvement to examination results at Key Stages 4 and 5; levels of progress over the last few years have been outstanding and are predicted to improve further over the coming years. We are determined to build on our successes and, as a College with Academy status, aspire to be outstanding in all we do. We offer a real challenge and excellent professional opportunities to colleagues who are keen to contribute their drive, creativity and high expectations to our go-ahead College’s future.

About Us

Newton Abbot College was originally established in 1904 as the Newton Abbot town Grammar School, becoming Knowles Hill School in 1975 with the introduction of the comprehensive system. In 2008, the school became Newton Abbot College. Along with a new identity and uniform came a strong ethos of the highest expectations for student learning and progress. In 2011 we gained Academy status. Today, the College offers 11-19 year old students a challenging curriculum in a calm, purposeful, well-ordered community. 

We are known for our high standards of teaching and our focus on student achievement. At the heart of everything we do is the individual who learns here.  Our focus is on giving them a complete learning experience so that they leave us as happy, confident, knowledgeable young people.  For that to happen, our teachers must stimulate and challenge them in the classroom and beyond. We treat all our students as individuals.  We set targets and track progress so that no student can become invisible.  We are recognised leaders in this practice. We endeavour to give our students the skills they need to become independent lifelong learners.



Working for Us

This page discusses the many benefits of working for Newton Abbot College. If you would like to work  with us you can join our School Talent Pool and receive email alerts of all future vacancies you are interested in, ensuring you're the first to hear of any relevant jobs at Newton Abbot College as they are advertised!  For more information about School Talent Pools visit

Pension Scheme

As a contracted member of staff you will be automatically enrolled into either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or the Local Government Pension Scheme (whichever is appropriate).

Further details can be found on the following websites:

Teachers’ Pensions

Peninsula Pensions (LGPS)

Car Parking

Free car parking is available on the college premises.  Spaces are on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Newton Abbot College supports the Car Share Devon initiative by Devon County Council in partnership with Plymouth and Torbay Council.

Catering Facilities

We operate two restaurant facilities, one on the Dyrons campus and one on the Exeter Road campus, including a staff and Sixth Form cafe. The food is home cooked, reasonably priced and very tasty!

Childcare Vouchers

We participate in the childcare voucher scheme, which provides tax benefits to working parents.

Eye Tests

Periodic eye examinations for frequent users of Display Screen Equipment are available.  We provide assistance in the purchase of spectacles if they are deemed necessary.

Study Centre

Employees are welcome to borrow books and other resources from the Study Centre.


Newton Abbot College is extremely proud of the Continual Professional Development programme it provides.  Staff members receive approximately seventy hours of CPD within the academic year, in addition to any external courses they may attend.  Our new innovative system ensures that staff are both supported and challenged to drive improvement in teaching and learning.

All staff are expected to actively pursue their own professional development and are supported by many strategies we have put in place.

Local Area

Newton Abbot is a thriving market town in Devon, situated at the head of the beautiful Teign estuary, only 15 minutes from Dartmoor National Park and the coast.

Transport Links

Newton Abbot has excellent road links with the A38, giving quick and easy access to the nearby cities of Exeter and Plymouth.  The M5 motorway allows access to the South East, the Midlands, the North and Wales.

Newton Abbot railway station is a main line station with good network links. There are also good coach services between Newton Abbot and London and regular bus services to the surrounding towns and villages. Further information can be found here:


Please see the map on 'Our Location' or click here for directions, including directions from the train station and bus information. A aerial map can also be found here.

Newton Abbot Town

Newton Abbot town centre is a pedestrianised precinct and boasts a wealth of pleasant shops, cafes and restaurants.  The town is defined by its markets, which are important in its history and for its ongoing vitality.  The town has a range of entertainment and other facilities, including a leisure centre, cinema, community centre and museum.

Local Attractions

Newton Abbot is the place to be if you want to have access to a vast coastline offering a multitude of beaches and coves and an abundance of scenic coastal paths.  If you prefer the wilderness of the moors, Dartmoor National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty with extensive panoramic views and favoured ‘hotspots’ of Becky Falls, Dartmoor and Widecombe in the Moor.  There is always plenty to do and explore.

Recreational Activities

Newton Abbot is graced with beautiful public parks offering sporting facilities, such as tennis and playing fields, beautiful gardens and lovely walks. For those with a sporting interest Newton Abbot has a rugby club, a football club, several golf courses and, of course, a racecourse.

A Welcome from our Principal

I am proud to be Principal at Newton Abbot College. I am proud of our students and proud of our staff.

The College is a great place to learn and to work and we want all the members of the College community to be proud of their College.  If, like us, you want to make a real difference to the lives and opportunities of our students, and you share our belief in their ability to be successful, then we want to hear from you and look forward to receiving your application and inviting you to join a very supportive staff team who enjoy their work.

Our students are a joy to work with and each new cohort is becoming increasingly more successful and independent than their predecessors. As an 11-19 college, we offer a very wide range of courses and are one of the largest school-based providers of post-16 vocational education in the South West of England.  At GCSE, our Progress 8 score is above average and a significant majority of our students achieve passes in core subjects.  In addition to this, we offer very supportive personalised learning experiences to enable all students to be successful and to progress post-16 into an appropriate pathway.

Whether you are interested in a job as a teacher or a member of support staff, we expect all our staff to place the needs of students at the centre of all their work which is why we offer support staff opportunities to become closely involved in supporting and engaging with students in a variety of ways.

Our staff are hard-working and very positive.  We are committed to their professional development and offer opportunities for leadership development at all levels.  No matter where you are in your career, we will challenge you to contribute fully to our further development.

Newton Abbot is situated in a beautiful part of South Devon, with easy access to fantastic coastline, seaside resorts and National Parks.  Road and rail links are good, and we are only a few miles from the cathedral city of Exeter and the international port of Plymouth.  Within this context, Newton Abbot College is a fantastic place to be and if you feel that you would like to join our team then I look forward to hearing from you.

Paul Cornish

Continual Professional Development Programme

Newton Abbot College is extremely proud of the Continual Professional Development programme it provides.  Staff members receive approximately seventy hours of CPD within the academic year, in addition to any external courses they may attend.  Our new innovative system ensures that staff are both supported and challenged to drive improvement in teaching and learning.

All staff are expected to actively pursue their own professional development.

We currently employ the following strategies:


To enable professional development, teaching staff engage in a programme whereby they are periodically videoed.  The recordings, for personal use, enable a process of self analysis and reflection.  Subsequently, a coaching session with another member of staff (buddy) will be scheduled, to discuss areas for improvement.  Any areas identified are then used to inform the CPD focus within future CPD sessions.


The Triad action research sessions take place throughout the academic year.  Colleagues are free to choose a focus from a selection driven by the College improvement plan.  This choice is usually informed by relevance to training needs as identified by self-assessment, reflection of own teaching and learning and the Appraisal process.  The research aims to improve teaching and learning and offer opportunities to discuss different strategies and action planning.  The process is linked to the videoing project and then allows for further reflection and the sharing of successful strategies employed within subjects and across whole staff.


Members of the Leadership Team, Subject Team Leaders and Assistant Team Leaders share good practice to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning across the College.  In addition, they work on specific initiatives such as cross curricular work, independent learning and tracking and monitoring of students’ progress.  Meetings take place six times per year and are a major forum for consultation and decision making.


These sessions take place on a monthly basis.  They are CPD driven.  Some of the sessions have a whole College specified focus whilst others are subject driven.


These sessions are driven by the College Improvement Plan and domain specific training.  The main focus of the training is teaching and learning and achievement and attainment.  Strategies are discussed and good practice is shared during these sessions.


Staff training days are scheduled throughout the academic year and all staff are involved.  Occasionally, external agency speakers are invited to contribute.  Topics include Health and Safety and Appraisal.


Each member of staff is given an opportunity to collate a CPD portfolio.  It is envisaged that staff will continually update their portfolios in order to track CPD attended, promote further professional development and demonstrate a transferrable skill-set.  The portfolio informs the Appraisal process.


Morning briefings take place on Mondays (general information for all staff), Wednesdays (learning issues) and Fridays (House Teams).  Challenge spots take place at the Friday briefing.  Teaching staff use this as an opportunity to share good practice with their peers.


We have close links with the Broman Gymnasiet, a school in Hudiksvall, Sweden and have established a strong joint CPD programme involving exchange visits.


Team leaders meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss current priorities and to update other team members.


Staff receive a general induction programme and role-specific training when they join Newton Abbot College and on an on-going basis thereafter as and when required.