Virtual open event at Petroc

Wednesday 14th October sees the first virtual open event at Petroc aimed at Year 11 students completing thier GCSEs this year.   Students are invited to find out about support and enrichment opportunities available at Petroc, whilst exploring the amazing range of courses on offer, and taking a virtual tour.


New StageCoach route serves Atlantic Academy

This term, we have seen the start of our new bus service, connecting Atlantic Academy with Bideford and surrounding areas. The dedicated StageCoach route 919 is reserved for Atlantic Academy students in the morning, with the afternoon 319 service being supplemented with an additional bus.

This new route brings flexibility for parents paying for bus fares, and students have been taking advantage of the smart card option for speedy payment.

We remind all students that face coverings must be worn on public transport, unless a medical exemption applies.

Virtual tours of FE colleges

Local colleges are busy making arrangements to support Year 11 students to make informed choices about post 16 destinations.  In the absence of the traditional open days, colleges are increasingly using virtual events to showcase their work.  We have today received information from the Cornwall College Group and Exeter College.  If you want to find out more about the diverse opportunities available from these settings, please follow these links:

Exeter College

Cornwall College


Students showcase our school

There is a real buzz at Atlantic Academy today, as students prepare to showcase our school to the wider community. The team from Kite Vision are helping us to make a video of Atlantic Academy in action, to celebrate the work of students and staff, and to provide a taster of our school to potential new students.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we are not able to offer our usual open evening, or extensive visitor tours, so we hope this will inspire and excite future pupils.

For new admissions, please contact us on 01237 431969 or via email, where we will support you with the process.

Watch this space for the launch of our new video!

Careers information for our local area

Did you know that our local area has more people in employment than the UK average, or that over 13% of people locally are self-employed? When considering post-16 courses and future careers we encourage students to look at the local labour market information to see the types of employers and job roles locally. In Devon, there are many sectors which are experiencing growth, including digital, IT, energy and science. A summary can be found below.

Our careers and IAG programme this year will be delivered mainly in PHSE on a Thursday afternoon, with additional input from loal employers and visits to FE colleges or other events, when we are able to. We will be drawing on online careers programmes to support us, particularly in the Autumn term.

Should you wish to discuss post-16 options, or are able to help share your experiences with students to enhance our careers programme, please contact Mr Boardman.

Heart of the South West LMI August 2020

Student art work to go on display

Following the publication of GCSE results, we are now excited to start displaying art work from our recent cohort. With an incredible 30% of students gaining grade 9’s this year, the standard is very high, and the display aims to inspire younger students.

To start us off, Harry Reeves has chosen one of his coursework pieces to go on display, as shown below. More art work to follow!


Students at Atlantic Academy were celebrating their GCSE results today. Following the school closures in March, and the accreditation of results based on students’ work, we have been delighted to confirm the hard work and determination of the 2020 cohort with excellent results.

The Centre Assessed Grades took into account mock exams, controlled assessments and other work completed under the supervision of their classroom teachers. We are particularly delighted with our art GCSE results where 30% of students gained grade 9’s and are proudly displaying their assessed coursework the school site as inspiration for future students.

Notable results include 5 grade 9’s for Daniel Ince, who moves into a prestigious IT apprenticeship and grades 8 and 9’s for Harry Reeves, who joined us to complete his education from Thailand, and moves to Petroc to complete his A levels.

We wish all of our students the very best of luck as they move onto the next stages of their education; we are confident they will continue to be successful in the future.

Atlantic Academy re-opens for all students on Monday 7th September, with new Year 7 induction taking place on Friday 4th September between 1.30 and 3.15pm. We look forward to welcoming all students back and our operation plans can be found on our website.

Exam results arrangements

Year 11 student’s exam results are released on Thursday 20th August 2020.  In order to comply with safe practices, this year students and parents are asked to make appointments via the Parent’s Evening Booking System if they wish to pick up results in person.  Please only attend the site for your allocated appointment, and with one accompanying parent / carer.

Students can also give written permission for a delegated person to collect their results for them, or supply the school with a stamped addressed envelope.  We can also release results to students via their school email addresses, if students notify us in advance.

Following the cancellation of GCSEs this summer, and the alternative arrangements for the awarding of grades, the appeals process is different in 2020.  Details of this process, and to determine if it applies to you, please review our published process.

We look forward to seeing students on Thursday 20th August.

Careers SW support for school leavers

CSW is an organisation that supports young people as they make important transitions in their lives.  They do this through a network of Career Development Consultants who are all qualified career guidance practitioners. They provide targeted support to young people in education which means we have advisers linked to all schools and can provide additional help at key times including exam results days.  They continue to provide support as young people take their first steps into the world of work, offering advice and guidance to ensure they are aware of the options open to them and have dedicated advisers who work with those who find themselves NEET (not in education, employment or training).

Students who have completed their courses in 2020 can contact CSW for support in the following ways.

Adviser Online:  Mon-Fri 1pm-6pm


Telephone:                             0800 97 55 111

For more information, please see the letter shared with all Year 11 students.

Free employability training for students

Soft Skills are something that many of us take for granted; communication, team work, independance, time management and leadership to name a few, yet even as adults, some of these still require development. The North Devon Skills Board, working in conjunction with local employers, have had many conversations over the past few years about the readiness of young people today and believe that there is some work to be done to equip students with the skills and attributes required to enter the world of work.

BOOST Skills have created a very comprehensive yet simple FREE online course for your child to participate in during the first week of the summer holidays. Atlantic Academy would like to invite you and your child to participate in as many of these activities as possible, helping build the confidence and understanding of the skills required within the world of work.