TA is in the top 5 schools in the South West
On Thursday the government released the 2016 league tables for English schools. I am so proud that the incredible efforts of our students and staff have been recognised in this way. To be one of the 5 highest performing schools in the South West (from Cornwall up to Gloucester/Wiltshire) is quite the accolade and reflects just how amazing our results were. When the final league tables are released in January I expect our final figure to increase further 0.62. What does that mean? It means that a student who studied at TA scored two thirds of a grade better in each of their GCSEs than if they were in an average performing school. The league tables show us as being “Well above average” – the highest rating a school can achieve
The league tables have changed this year; previously schools were measured on how many GCSE’s their students achieved at A*-C including English and Mathematics. Now the government uses the Progress 8, this measures how much progress students make from their starting point in Year 7 compared to all other students in England of the same ability. The government has produced a 3 minute video explaining Progress 8:
Year 12 Student has won the Torbay Belt
Niall Cabiong in Year 12 has been boxing with the Torbay ABC Boxing Club for a year and he won the Torbay Belt last weekend. Niall went through three rounds with his opponents, in the first show of season and he has now been entered into the Western Counties Championship. Niall says that with hard work and dedication he can achieve all things – I could not agree more. Well done, Naill.
What a great week for sport at Torquay Academy. With record numbers at after school clubs and the numbers at breakfast club rising things are certainly on the up. It is however our school teams this week that steal the limelight. There have been lots of fixtures for both the boys and the girls and whilst there were mixed fortunes regarding results one thing that was consistent throughout was the attitude of our students, displaying sportsmanship, respect and discipline at every fixture they played in.
First of the girls Year 7 Netball team took part in their Central Venue League (CVL) which took place at the Academy. This was followed by the Year 9 girls taking part in their CVL at TGGS; the great news is that both teams have shown a big improvement in recent weeks and they were able to hold their own against some very strong opposition. Mrs Lancaster is certainly pleased with their progress.
Next up our school rugby teams have been plying their trade against some of the local schools, the Year 9 team did very well in a four way tournament, narrowly losing one game and drawing the other two. Mr Gascoyne says they could have easily won all 3 games, next up and the subject of a separate report was the Year 7 team who took part in their first tournament and finally on the rugby front the plaudits this week have to go to our Year 8 team who won the South Devon Championship 7-a-side tournament. They did so without losing a game and playing some great rugby, Mr Welsh is very proud of the team and points out that it is the first rugby tournament we have won in over 12 years. Well done, boys.
On the football front our 1st XI beat Richard Huish College Taunton 8-2, our 2nd XI beat Truro and Penwith College 2-1 and our 3rd team lost against Coombeshead 1st XI 5-3. Our year 7, 8, 9 & 11s have all been in National Cup action this week with mixed fortunes. The year 7 team lost to a very strong St Peters side 2-1 in a game that could have gone either way, our year 8s beat Brixham 5-0 with a wonderful performance, Mr Jones described as our team as being unplayable at times.. Our year 9 team travelled to ISCA College Exeter and were expecting a hard game, after ISCA had knocked out TBGS in the first round, the boys were not disappointed but came out 2-1 winners in what was an excellent all round team effort, goals fro Josh Haydock and Spencer Davis sealed the victory but the hard working and great attitude of Jamie Watson is worthy of note. Mr Harries was very impressed with the way the boys conducted themselves on the field and listen and responded to instructions given.The year 11 team narrowly lost to Coombeshead College.
It is aways nice to read about our students doing well on the sporting front outside of school as well and this week Archie Farkins (Year 8) appeared in the Herald Express in recognition of him winning two awards at the annual Devon Cricket Boards Awards Evening, firstly he won the District Under 12 Cup but even more impressive he won the Devon Under 12 batsman of the year award. In other Cricket news Cole Harford (Year 10)has been selected to represent Devon Under 15s in their annual development tour of South Africa and finally an article appeared in the Plymouth Evening Herald reporting that our very own Niall Cabiong (Year 12) had won a recent boxing match against an opponent from Devonport Boxing Club. Well done to all of you.
A reminder that all clubs are free to attend and that anyone is more than welcome to come along and try them out. There is a lot of talent out there waiting to be unleashed!
More sporting news below:
The Year 7 football team played their first competitive fixture on Wednesday, in the National Cup against the always very strong St Peters, from Exeter.
A frantic first half was very even, with good chances for both teams and some good passages of play creating several opportunities. Sean Brown was unfortunate not to score on a couple of occasions and Ben Aldous carried a constant threat on the left hand side. At the other end, Harrison Lee was in outstanding form to comfortably deal with any attacking St Peters threat.
In the second half, the game opened up as both teams looked to win the tie. St Peters struck first early in the half when Harrison was left one v one and despite performing some heroics beforehand, could not keep the ball out. Captain Ryan Johns-Kouadio was then moved out of defence into midfield to try and affect the game more in our attacking favour and this really helped us to push forward, Ryan was exceptional and rarely gave possession away. Mackenzie Sexton and Charlie Charlesworth were also introduced and both were influential in the second half. Eventually, our incessant pressure created a chance for Charlie and he slammed the ball into the roof of the net to make it 1-1.
Both teams continued to push for a winner, with chances at both ends. Harrison Lee who was absolutely outstanding thwarted every opportunity that St Peters had. However with 48 seconds left on the referees watch, our goal was breached again after we switched off leaving us to trail 2-1. This left us no time to get back into the game and the referee blew his whistle immediately after the goal.
A very heartening performance, with lots of positives. A draw would have been a fair result but a cup game needs a winner. Outstanding work rate and endeavour from the whole squad and some excellent individual performances. We will go again in the County Cup, coming soon and with more training sessions as a team, we will continue to improve.
Man of the Match: Harrison Lee
The Year 8 football team followed up their 7-0 National Cup 1st Round win over St Cuthbert Mayne with a 5-0 win over Brixham. Ryley Steele opened the scoring in the first minute after a good deep cross from Jacob Thomas. Reece Shaw then met a cross from Josh Watt at the far pose to make it 2-0. Ryan Wilson added a third from range with a blistering strike before Will Makinson then added an excellent 4th in an outstanding first half. Will Makinson scored his second with a good header after superb work by Josh Watt. A fantastic performance by the whole squad with many individuals shining. Josh Watt was brilliant despite not managing to get the goal he deserved but Man of the Match was Ryan Wilson who was a colossus in defence but distributed the ball with outstanding composure.
256 mile round trip results in 3 points for Second 11
On Wednesday the second eleven traveled to Penwith to play Truro and Penwith in their third league game of the season. The boys started slowly after 2 hour 40 minute bus journey and found themselves a goal down after 13 minutes. TA then dominated the match from here on in creating chance after chance. However the Truro and Penwith keeper was in inspired form making save after save. TA eventually ran out 2-1 winners with a goal before half time by Lewis Reeman and the winner coming 10 minutes before the end of the game from the hardworking Joseph Boothroyd.
Year 7 Rugby Team.
We traveled away to Paignton for a round robin tournament against Spires, Paignton A and Paignton B.
Game 1 Vs Paignton B lost 15-5
Game 2 Vs Paignton A Lost 20-5
Game 3 Vs Spires WON 35-5
Plenty of strong performances again this week, particularly on the tackling front, our defence is very strong in the middle of the field and most scores against us were scored out wide by some very quick Paignton wingers. Man of the match was Igor Sniegocki who roamed the pitch looking to bring down anyone who got close to the ball and also scored a try after a 30 metre gallop down the pitch with a couple of Paignton A team players hanging off him. Well done to the whole team we are really taking shape and will soon be a challenge for all the teams in our area.
TA Year 8’s Win South Devon Rugby Championship Tournament
TA travelled to Forches Cross on Thursday to play in the South Devon Rugby Championships. It was our first 7 aside tournament and were pooled against Churston Grammar School, Coombeshead, Teign, KEVICS, Cuthbert Mayne and Paignton. The Year 8s won every game to become champions, scoring 26 tries along the way. It was a superb team performance with the squad of 12 all being able to perform in a variety of roles. Well done to all the boys on your fantastic achievement.
TA Rugby 7 aside squad:
Jake Peters, Matty Leighton, Callum Crocker, Lewis Crocker, Alex Westwood, Ben Woodward, Jude Boyle, Ryley Steele, Leon McMullen, Scott Rowe, Mark Routledge, Charlie Barnes
Congratulations to our first Lexia finisher of the year, Bethany Chamberlain in Year 8. It takes real commitment and dedication to finish all five levels of the Lexia reading program, ranging form vowel sounds to Latin word origins. Students work very hard to meet their targets and complete the different levels within the program. These targets can be achieved by working hard both in school and at home, with students now able to access the Lexia program at home via the link on the student tab of our school website.
The ‘Great British Make Off’ in Biology: Protein Week
This week Miss King’s Year 12 Biology class participated in the ‘Great British Make Off’ to consolidate their learning on protein structure. As avid fans of the television programme ‘The Great British Bake Off’ they embraced this challenge with great enthusiasm. Their models involved the formation of polypeptide chains and explained how the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures of a protein are formed. Tomas Parry was crowned star maker and all of the other ‘makers’ are now practising their modelling skills at home ready for their next challenge. It was great to see the students so engaged and I was impressed by the level of detail that they put into their models.
Students of the Week
Students of the week with me, Mrs Nicol and Mr Withers are :Kimberly Taylor, Rebecca Vinson, Tyler Pickles, Josh Moules, Matt Leighton