No. of places available: 8 for Year 7 only
Allocation Process for students based on ‘Aptitude in Football’
Torquay Academy will allocate up to 8 places for students qualifying for the Football Academy based on their aptitude in football. Applications are welcomed from children from within as well as outside our designated area.
A student with aptitude is one who is identified as being able to benefit from elite football coaching or who demonstrates a particular capacity to succeed in football. Through the allocation process the Academy will assess whether the applicants have an aptitude for football by determining whether they demonstrate a particular capacity to learn or to develop skills, and can benefit from the particular expertise and facilities at the school.
There will be a sporting aptitude assessment based on physical tests. Each applicant will be awarded a standardised score with the highest scores being allocated places based on football aptitude. The assessment will be objective, have a distinctive subject focus and will not discriminate against applicants in any way, including on the grounds of gender, ethnic origin, disability or family background. The assessment will only assess aptitude in football and not ability or aptitude in any other subject.
Whilst no previous experience in football is required in order to take the test, it is expected that applicants wishing to apply under this criterion have an interest in football and we would expect them to participate fully in the Football Academy in the school should they gain a place.
Up to a maximum of 8 students will be allocated a place on their aptitude in football.
Students will be required to attend an aptitude test at the school. This will be held on the date specified on the registration form.
It will not be possible to take the test after this date.
The applicants will be assessed in:
• Technique test
• Games-based performance
• Games-based intelligence test
Assessment criteria have been written but these and the tasks will be given on the day and not in advance, to prevent prior training or coaching of applicants.
Quality and fairness will be assured with a specialist teacher from the school leading the assessment whilst another specialist teacher observes and assesses.