EF Academy Torbay - Review #5

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EF Academy Torbay

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 2013-2015
Sports and Activities:On my first year I attended Cooking and Spanish Clubs. On my second year I helped to organize Red Nose Day, I also was a Tutor Representative of my tutor group.
College Enrolled:University of Westminster
Home Town, State: St. Petersburg

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Hello, my name is Olga Kornilova, I am from St. Petersburg, Russia. I finished my A-level program at EF Torbay this June. Without doubts I can say - that was an absolutely right decision to go to EF. For my A-Level subjects I chose Economics, Media Studies, Business Studies and Sociology, on my second year I dropped Economics and took Russian Language instead. In the beginning of my first year we had a chance to try every subject one time, and I think that's a great opportunity for students to understand whether they like it or not. Before I arrived, I had in my mind that I will take Economics, Sociology, Media Studied and Math, but after trial of Business lesson, I realized that I really want to do that! All of my teachers became my friends and mentors. I'm still in touch with them! Whenever I had problems with homework or anything else, I knew that they will help me. For some students it might be a bit difficult, because you have to do lots of self-study on your free time, but its very vital if you want to pass your exams very well in order to get into good universities. For my accommodation I lived in host family. The atmosphere at school is very special, all staff members are friendly. I understood it especially after graduation. It still feels for me like my Second home. When we've been deciding between Torbay and Oxford campuses, I heard that Torbay is such a calm place and there is nothing to do compare to Oxford. However, Torbay is a magic place. It has very special atmosphere and charm, which you can't explain by words, you can just feel it there. Thats a small town, but we always had something to do: we did go to the cinema, we walked along the beach and port, on the weekends we usually did go out to Costa Coffee to do homework or just chat with friends. During evenings we went out for a walk or usually for dinners. I meet a lot of friends there. Its a great choice of school and great opportunity to expand the borders of your future.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I always was independent since my childhood, so it wasn't a surprisingly for me how to take care of your self away from home:) but anyway, for those two years I grew up. I changed my priorities, developed my communication skills. Became more mature in all my decisions and also worked on my time management. I realised what I'm really passionate about and what I want to do after school and university.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Don't be afraid of trying new things!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Go along the beach and pier, and don't forget go up the huge long stairs to get a great view.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
All academic staff of our school are professional and brilliant. They are very passionate about everything they do. For Business Studies I had Esti. Every lesson we had was very infotainment. She makes every class full of knowledge and unforgettable. She always explains all details in such an interesting way. I think that's why doing degree related to business I know a lot more, than people in my university. For Sociology I had Lesley. She is another one of the brilliant teachers in the school. She always made all our lessons interesting even the topics weren't interesting sometimes:) Unfortunately our Media teacher left the school, because she is the one very thankful for.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
As I know, there are range of sport activities available at school, such as Volleyball, Football, Badminton and lots of others. I didn't attend any of them cuz I did go to the Gym(sometimes:))

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
On my first year we had a Drama club, and as I know it still available. There is also dance club, few music clubs and art club as well.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Every year school organize activities for raise money for Macmillan, Children in Need, Red Nose Day, and so on.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Since the beginning I stayed in host families. Due to some circumstances I changed my first host family, even the host mum was lovely! I was absolutely happy with my second host family. I had a room for 2, on the top of the house. I was so lucky to have my own bathroom there, because sometimes student has to share with other flatmates or even with whole family(pretty rare but still). There were 2 children in my host family, it was a great thing to practice my English with them! In some time after I moved to this host family, I've got a roommate from Germany. Didn't expect that we will get along with each other really quick! We are still in touch with her, and last year she came to visit me and school. I've never felt hungry at this host family!


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Food in school's canteen is so tasty! Huge range of different options. e.g. pasta, rice, rice with vegetables and mushrooms, few varieties of chicken, lamb, pork, beef, salad bar - that's for lunch. For breakfast there was a big range of sandwiches, hash browns, sausages and baguettes. You'll never be starving here. If you want to go out to the town for launch - feel free. Its entirely up to your choice.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
As I said before, Torquay is not a big town. But still there are lots of place where to eat and lots of things what to do. For me, it is really important with who you're doing what, and with great company even a small town becomes such a great place to be!
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I found lots of good people at school, and lots of friends.

Daily Schedule:

8:30 AMLesson 1
9:30 AMRegistration/Assembly
9:45 AMLesson 2
10:45 AMBreak 1
11:00 AMLesson 3
12:00 PMLesson 4
1:00 PMLunch
2:00 PMLesson 5
3:00 PMLesson 6
4:00 PMLesson 7/Activities/Clubs
Read more details about EF Academy Torbay on their 2021 profile page.

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