Healthwatch visit to Torquay Academy

(Last Updated On: June 12, 2018)

Torquay Academy Sixth Form


As I’ve recently reported, Healthwatch Torbay, our local independent charity ensuring that people have their say on local health and social care services, has been commissioned by Torbay Children’s Safeguarding Board to run a survey find out how it feels to be a young person living in Torbay, and what, if anything, young people would like to see change.

It’s great to hear, then, that Torquay Academy – so often in the forefront these days – has invited Healthwatch to visit them next week.

Along with Tilly Adams, who’s overseeing the survey, I’ll be taking an assembly with Year 10, talking to them about the survey – why it’s happening and what it hopes to achieve – after which the staff concerned will generously give up some of their time to allow the students to complete our questionnaire (and I know from experience how precious time is to teaching staff with so many other demands being made on them these days).

Other schools will be taking part soon, I hope!

If you’re reading this and have a school or college connection – student, teacher, parent, whatever – maybe you could help Tilly by encouraging your establishment to get involved. A first step could be to contact Tilly herself by email at or on 07498 450205.


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!