St Michael's C of E Academy

The future we create every day

Thank you for taking the time to find out more information about our brand new school set in the heart of Paignton.  St Michael’s opened in September 2021 with nursery and reception places only and will increase by one Year Group year-on-year, until we have classes in every Year Group, from nursery through to Year 6.

Working in close partnership with our community, we passionately believe that every child should be taught by expert, high quality teachers in an inspirational school that always puts children first. We will achieve this by having the highest expectations of ourselves and our children – enriching the lives of the children, the families and the community that we serve.

St Michael’s will build on the success of the Learning Academy Partnership’s current schools, achieving academic excellence within a caring and inspirational curriculum.  As a Church of England school, St Michael’s is also be part of the wider diocesan family of schools, set within a distinctively Christian context, inclusive of children of all faiths and of none.

We very much see ourselves as a family who, with our parents, parish and wider community, work together to ensure the very best for each and every child. In doing this, we strive to enable all children to achieve their potential in all areas of their learning – intellectual, emotional, physical, social, moral, spiritual and cultural – through our engaging and aspirational curriculum.

Julie Edwards
Head of Academy

Our vision: To transform children’s lives

Core Purpose: To develop a ‘values-led’ family of exceptional schools that always puts children first. Where learners excel and communities are enriched so that the life chances of more and more children are improved.

Core Values: ‘Collectively Empowering Excellence’


We are one team and agree to work as one family.


We invest in each other and our communities.


We champion excellence and equality for all and in all that we do.


Priority, Children First: In every action we take and decision that we make.

Aspirational Expectations: A culture where every child will succeed.

Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Excellent, passionate staff transform children’s lives.

Professional Development- Investing in People: A commitment to world-class, bespoke, continuing professional development.

Distinctiveness: We embrace, encourage and celebrate the uniqueness of each of our academies.

Leadership with Vision and Efficiency: Working together, we deliver and achieve much more than we could ever do individually.