stephen-criddleStephen Criddle OBE, Principal at South Devon College

I would like to introduce you to South Devon High School. I am delighted that South Devon College, is now able to offer new curriculum routes for young people in Torbay and South Devon at age 14, combining the best of practical vocational skills, pastoral care and core academic qualifications.

Experts have said that the traditional school curriculum does not meet the needs of many 14 and 15 year olds. Working with employers and specialists, South Devon High School will bring new, innovative, high quality choice and routes for progression to the jobs of the future, building further on the College’s track record for student technical success, learning and student satisfaction.



Matt Burrows, Head of School

I am very proud to be leading the school as we provide new and exciting opportunities for 14 and 15 year olds in Torbay and South Devon. Our vision is to ensure that every pupil can reach their full potential at Key Stage 4, by providing the very best support we can, in an employment-focused learning environment.

We are determined to stretch and challenge pupils through excellent teaching, and using state of the art resources. Our ambition is that every pupil succeeds in their GCSE examinations, and they are well prepared for their next steps into further study or employment. I look forward to meeting you all – please feel free to contact me with any queries or for further information about our courses.

Staff profiles

Donna Wiscombe

Donna has a degree in Animation Arts, Her specialism is in 2D animation. She has a broad understanding within this field that enables her to apply her knowledge and industry experience to every aspect of her teaching. Donna has continued to expand her creative skillset with personal creative undertakings within film animation and digital image making.

Danny Gaze

Danny teaches across all of the sports courses on offer at the College. Before pursuing a career in teaching, he was a Physical Trainer with the RAF for seven years. Danny is a strong advocate for the highly inclusive learning environment and inspirational teaching available to pupils at South Devon High School. He encourages learners to study additional qualifications, unique to the College, to enhance further study and employment options.

Lucy Parkin

Lucy has taught across all levels of the Health and Social Care curriculum at South Devon College, following experience of working in care homes and supportive environments before qualifying as a teacher. Lucy recognises  the value of the teaching she and the health team provide as today’s students are the care professionals of tomorrow.