Exams, sporting success & the first Principal Certificate

 Assessment week

10.11.17 PPEs

This week was our first assessment week of the year.  Year 11 and 13 students sat their exams in the sports hall as they continue their preparation for their external examinations this summer.  I have been extremely impressed by the attitude of our students in every year group.


Ten Tors

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37 students got their first taste of the moor this year as they headed out in their preparation for Ten Tors. Despite some wet feet (both for staff and students) everyone completed their routes in a good time and in good spirits. The next walk is on 18th November. See Mr Brett if you are interested in taking part in Ten Tors and haven’t yet come forward.


Team TA Sports Roundup

With assessment week taking centre stage this week it would be fair to say that there has not been as much in the way of sport as in previous weeks, having said that we still played the following fixtures, Year 9 Central Venue League Basketball, Year 7 Rugby v Spires and St Cuthbert Mayne, Year 8 Rugby v Paignton, Under 18 football v South Devon College, 4th team v South Devon College 2nds, Devon Table Tennis Championships, Year 7 &  girls National Cup football, Year 7 Central Venue Netball and Year 7 South Devon Rugby tournament, so come to think of perhaps it has been just as busy when you factor in all the extra curricular clubs that took place! Mr Chadwick and Mr Harries came back into school last Friday having been at Clennon Valley all day with the Year 7, 8 & 9 triathletes and were full of praise of for the students taking part, they had a cracking day and were particularly impressed by the focus demonstrated by students giving their all for individual recognition but at the same time entering into the spirit of the house competition whilst gaining points for their houses. Mr Welsh is to be congratulated for organising this and many more of our house events. This week also proved that whilst sport can be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your time it can also be cruel, our Under 18 football team lost in the National Cup this week 1-0 in a game that they had the majority of possession in only to lose to an own goal, the 3rd XI however go marching on, now 3 games unbeaten. Please see the separate reports for all of the other fixtures that took place. Finally last week I was praising the work of Mr Foulds for the developments he has made with girls football since his arrival into the school as a teacher in Design and Technology this week it is another teacher from that Department that deserves the plaudits, Mr Waring has been working with our Year 7 rugby team this and it has to be said that they have gone from strength to strength.  Indeed this week they have already beaten Spires and St Cuthbert Mayne but what is even more praiseworthy is that on Friday they are taking part in the annual South Devon Championships, what is remarkable about this is that for the first time ever we our able to field two sides in this tournament and indeed are one of only two schools that are doing this. This is testament to the work that Mr Waring has out in with the boys.



Year 7

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TA competed in the year 7 South Devon rugby tournament today. Rugby is thriving in Year 7 and we were the only school out of 15 who fielded both a A and B team. The A team played in a group with South Dartmoor, Spires and Teignmouth. We won all 3 games 5-0, 10-0 and 15-0. We progressed into the top mini league out of 4 with TBGS, Kingsbridge and Teign, losing 2 and winning 1, 15-5, 10-5 and 10-0. These are the best rugby schools in our area and to be competing at this level represents tremendous progress for TA rugby. 3rd out of 15 schools is a great result for us.
Our B team were also able to compete in all their games with 2 draws against Spires A and Cuthbert Mayne A.
We also now have 7 first team players playing regular rugby at Torquay Rugby club which was a big aim for us at the start of the season.  A big thank you from the PE department to Mr Waring for all his efforts with the year 7 rugby team this year. Having 24 TA students so well drilled and most importantly, enjoying their rugby is fantastic to watch!


Year 8

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On a very mudding pitch at Waterleat Road a hard core TA team prepared themselves for a difficult afternoon against a very strong Paignton team. Paignton got used to the conditions quickly and produced waves and waves of pressure; outstanding tackles from Ellis Knowles and Oliver Stoneman caused Paignton to work hard for their trys. A slippery ball caused plenty of knock ons and mishandling errors from both sides but Paignton seemed to always come out more positively from the bounce of the ball. With a resurgence after a concentrated talk about tackling from Mr Gascoyne at half time, the game was played in Paignton’s half, unfortunately with this pressure only one try was scored before Paignton finnished the stonger to well and truly win the game.



On Friday the Year 11 football team played Teignmouth in round 3 of the national cup. It was a slow start from the injury hit TA team and they found themselves 1-0 down after 15 minutes. This shook the team up and TA became dominant for the next 65 minutes with striker Olaf Koszela putting on his own finishing masterclass bagging seven goals with his seventh only being able to be described as WOW. The other goals were scored by Ollie Mason and Lewis Eaton. TA will now play the winners of TBGS or Kings in the next round.



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TA students competed in our annual Triathlon H​​ouse event last Wednesday.  Both male and female students from our 8 houses competed in Years 7, 8 and 9 with our sports leaders in Year 10 helping to organise the event.  Athletes competed in cycling, running and swimming in their age categories. Each event was individually timed with the results being collated after 3 events giving us finishes from 1st to 8th.  All of our students showed exceptional determination and effort throughout the day. I was particularly impressed with the support and encouragement demonstrated by our students towards each other throughout the day.  A big thank you to our excellent sports leaders as well as Mr Chadwick, Mr Harries and Miss Rooke who all helped out on the day.  Well done to all!


Year 7
Gold – Angus Graham, Mya Green
Silver – Daniel Green, Elizabeth Cameron
Bronze – Will Bevan, Katie Taylor

Year 8
Gold – Harison Lee, Emma Harrison
Silver – Emanuel Markiewicz, Ellie Mitchell
Bronze – Fin Beer, Charlie Moore

Year 9
Gold – Archie Bindon, Jada Hogg
Silver – Mark Routledge, Milly Ashby-Rosie
Bronze – Ben Woodward, Izzy Minty


Table Tennis

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This Wednesday saw 14 of our students take part in the Devon Team Table Tennis Championships which are held in Eggbuckland School Plymouth, whilst we were not able to emulate last years achievement of winning the Under 13 girls there were some real gains. For the first time ever we were able to enter an Under 18 team because of the work of our specialist coach,  Jo, has been doing with the newly formed table tennis academy of Kamil Sniegocki, Mitosz Aleksander, Tom Full, Ryan Dolling. Our under 16 girls, Gracie Bradbury, Molly Farley and Myah Brett were all playing in an age group that they have two more years in and our Under 13 boys William Bevan, Bobby Weston, Brandon Thomson still have one more year in their age group so hopefully next year we will be able to report another title. This year however we acquitted ourselves very well and won more games than we lost and when you consider the standard of some of the opposition, current national champions both team and individual that is no mean feat. Well done to all who took part.



10.11.17 Y7 netball

Our year 7 netball team played in The first CVL Thursday, 9 November. Prior to this we have had weekly training session and a win under our belts. We went into this tournament feeling fairly confident.

Our first game was against Paignton. The girls played really well throughout the 10 minute game, moving the ball up through defence into the shooting circle. We won the game by 4 and were very pleased by this.  Our second game against TGGS was a tough game. The opposition were very experienced and is was evident that they played netball out of school. Even with it our best efforts we didn’t manage to secure the win. We lost this game 7–2 which made us even more determined to win the next game. We played against Stover in the third round. The girls were amazing. Defence would persistently take the ball from Stover and managed to score from their goals and number of times. The school ended 4-1 which we were happy with.

We saved our best game against Teignmouth until last. From the offset we went out hard proving we were the better team. We scored goal after goal and defended our own end extreamly well. We finished the game 9-1. Excellent result to walk away from our first CVL winning 3/4 games.

Well done to Ella Sandbrook who was Miss Brown’s player of the Tounrament.



10.11.17 Tumbling

Congratulations to Millie Partridge in Year 8 who claimed a Gold Medal in the South West Club Level Championships.  Millie competes in Tumbling which is all about somersaults, flips and twists and linking them all together, one right after the other. After completing 3 runs Millie achieved a total score of 78.000 earning her 1st place.  Well done Millie – we look forward to hearing about your future success in Tumbling!​


Sponsored Swim for Children in Need

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Four of our students completed a 2 hour swimming relay on 5th November to raise money for Children In Need. This event was organised by Chloe Kingshott in Year 8 and she was joined by Olisi O’Malley Year 8, Zoe Manley, Year 7, and Natalie Crawford, Year 8.  They swam for 2 hours continuously at Torbay Leisure Centre, who were fantastic at letting the girls hold the event there free of charge.  The girls raised a total of £235 between them.  The girls were fantastic and we are all are very proud of their achievements.  Well done!


Students of the Week

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Students of the Week this week pictured with me are : Lily Rogers – Yr 7, Jada Hogg – Yr 9, Elizabeth Finch – Yr 10, Lyla Trewin – Yr 8.  Marshal Harvey – Yr 11  not in photo due to Maths exam.


Principal Certificates

 10.11.17 Principal Bronze

 Bronze – Boris Pugh, Year 7 is the first student to receive Principals’ certificate this year. Well done, Boris.