Open Days, Fashion, Photography and Sporting Action

Open Days


We were delighted to welcome so many parents and future students into school this week.  It is a great privilege to have so many parents choose TA for their daughters’ and sons’ education.  Our tours during the day gave visitors the opportunity to view our normal calm days whilst our evening tours showed off our facilities.  I was roped into one of the Science demonstrations.

The next Open Day will be on Monday 19th October 2015; tours will commence at 8.15am and 9.15am.


Talented Young Fashion Designer

Beth Hill Dress

Inspired by the late Alexander McQueen, our own style icon and young fashion designer, Beth Hill, is seen wearing her latest creation, a magnificent two-piece dress and bodice adorned with paper of different shapes and colours. She constructed a willow and plaster lattice crinoline and attached paper fans contrasting this with a tightly fitted bodice of plaster and paper mâché.  London fashion week in a few years time? Remember the name!


Farewell to PCSO Rushworth


We said goodbye to PCSO Rushworth today.  He has been working closely with us for the past three years and had led on many initiatives that have supported our students.  We would like to wish him good luck as he starts a new role within the police force.


Plant Cells with a Difference!

Year 7 students are currently studying the topic of Cells and Reproduction. Throughout lessons students have been learning about different cell types within animals and plants. They  have extracted their own cheek cells, prepared plant cells and examined them under the microscope. As part of a homework assignment students were asked to prepare a 3D model of a plant cell to include all the key structures. As you can see we have some exceptionally gifted students who demonstrated their knowledge and understanding in some very creative ways!


Fun with Photography

Year 11 Photography

Here is a great photo of some of our fabulous Year 11 Photography students.  They have been really enjoying their after school period 6 lessons with Mrs Lynch which take place  on Wednesdays.  Bradley Toth said of this week’s additional lesson “it was the best Period 6 ever!”  There were lots of great photo-shoots achieved on Wednesday and so there will be plenty more photos to follow!

If any students are interested in photography, please take a look at our ‘GCSE Torquay Academy Facebook page’, where lots of inspirational articles are posted as well as the students’ photographic coursework.


Working at the Railway

Adam Nock

Adam Nock in Year 8 has managed to land himself a job volunteering for South Devon Railway where he helps to run and maintain the miniature railway. He’s wanted the job since he was 3 years old and loves every minute of it.  Well done, Adam.


 Stars of the Week

Blog 2.10.15 Star of the Week

I was busy with our open morning today so our Stars of the Week of the week are pictured with Mr Bindon, Mr Withers and Mrs Powell.  They are: Callum Widdicombe, Katie Green, Oliver Taylor, Aaron Harris and Olaf Koszela.

International Student on Work Experience

Blog 2.10.15 Isobel

During the course of the academic year we will be accommodating students from overseas who will be with us for work experience.  Pictured above is Isabel Uhe with her teacher Peter Willenborg, they are from an organisation in Germany called Kulturlife who organise placements through The Training Partnership Limited who are based in Lymington Road.     Isabel is working in the administration department of the school and learning about how an office works together with reception and library duties.

For further information please visit the following website by clicking on the link:  The Training Partnership Limited


Year 11 Inter-Schools Rugby Tournament

Blog 2.10.15 Inter schools rugby tournament

On Tuesday, a squad of 17 players from Year 11 traveled to Forches Cross in Newton Abbott for the inter-schools rugby tournament.  The tournament kicked off at 10:00 against KEVICC which we unfortunately lost.

Our second game was a win against a strong Teignmouth side. Luke Lewis started off strongly performing a great solo run to kick start off the scoring, Louis Baker Thornley and Peter Micuda were two other players to get on to the score sheet.

Our game against Coombeshead finished with our second win. Try’s were scored by Preston Ball, Keaton Doyle with two successful conversions from our captain Callum Widdicombe. We won the game comfortably 21-0.

Our third win was against Paignton which we won 5-0 thanks to an excellent worked try between Preston Ball and Ethan Hooper.

Our last game was against a strong Cuthbert Mayne team. We started the game strongly but sadly lost 5-0.

The team travel to Teignmouth for the first round of the South Devon Cup on Tuesday.

Written by Luke Lewis (Year 11)


Year 7 Rugby Team Success

Blog 2.10.15 Y7 Rugby Squad1 Blog 2.10.15 Y7 Rugby Squad2

The Year 7 rugby squad travelled to Torquay Rugby club on Wednesday to play Spires College and Paignton Sports College in their 2nd tournament of the season.

It was another excellent turnout of 27 players allowing us to enter an A, B and C team in a 9-a-side tournament. Each team played 3 games with all teams recording wins on the day. The Academy lost only 1 of their 9 games.

I would like to say thank you to Jason Crocker, Chairman of Torquay Rugby Club, who has volunteered to assist with the development of the squad in training and matches.

The squad travels to Churston next Tuesday for a 12-a side tournament.