EF Academy Torbay

Our international boarding school in the southwest of England

Private international

boarding school abroad

Ages 15 - 19

Grades 10 - 12

IB Diploma





60 minute flight

from London

65 students

30 staff

School news

A holistic learning

Our international boarding school in the UK follows the philosophy that students succeed when they feel cared for. As a result, our educational curriculum focuses on both academic and personal growth.


We are dedicated to ensuring students at EF Academy Torbay feel comfortable and supported by their teachers, Pathway Manager and University Advisor throughout their studies abroad. We offer two highly respected academic programs – the IB Diploma and A-Levels – each of which allows students to focus on developing their interests and reaching their potential.

Most students at our international boarding school apply to universities in the UK, but our experienced university guidance counselor also supports students who wish to send their applications to schools in the U.S. and their home countries. This personalized university guidance process is offered as part of both programs at EF Academy Torbay:

  • International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma

  • A-Levels


Clubs and activities

Outside of class, students at EF Academy Torbay take on their own challenges in clubs and academic extension activities, developing skills for the classroom and for the future. Our safe environment for exploration and robust activities schedule give international high school students the best experience of studying in the UK.

Torbay's seaside location and UNESCO Global Geopark Status make our town perfect for outdoors and water activities. On campus, students take part in sports and organized clubs ranging from art and photography to debating and robotics.

  • 20+ co-curricular clubs

  • 9 sports teams

  • Weekly organized activities and excursions

Campus life

Our international boarding school is located on top of a hill overlooking the town of Torquay and the sea. Here, you will experience how students and locals weave together to create a tight-knit, welcoming community that enhances the international school experience.

Our campus facilities have been designed to inspire you – from the impressive art studio with large windows facing the coast, to the purpose-built science labs ideal for in-class experiments, independent study and group projects. For our students, EF Academy Torbay is truly a home away from home and a safe place to take risks that empower you.

  • Spacious classrooms and science labs

  • Residence rooms with en-suite bathrooms, dining areas and student lounges

Welcome from our Head of School

At EF Academy Torbay, we see all our students as individuals. We strive to fulfill not just their academic potential, but their personal, social, moral and creative development as well.

A typical day at EF Academy Torbay

Take a look at a day in the life of a student at our international boarding school in the UK.

*Due to COVID-19, our thoroughly revised health protocols mean school days look a little different now. Download our UK Health Protocol to learn more.

A truly international high school community

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FAQ – EF Academy Torbay

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about our international high school.