Christmas Wishes, Music College Offer & Sports Successes

We have come to the end of a very busy Autumn Term.  From all of us at Torquay Academy, we wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.  I look forward to welcoming the students back to school on Wednesday 4th January.


 Sports Roundup

Indoor Athletics South Devon Champions


Last week TA took a team of year 7s and 8s to Paignton Sports Academy to compete in the South Devon indoor athletics tournament. We have identified some real talent in Year 7 to complement the year 8 athletes. We won the event overall with the track results listed below. The finals will be held on Thursday 23rd of February. Well done to all the students who participated.

2 lap race
Gold – Louis Higgins
Bronze – Ellis Knowles
Gold – Georgia Davies
Silver – Daisy Poole-Crampton

4 lap race
Silver – Rylee Steele
Bronze – Lewis Barbour
Gold – Georgia Davies
Silver – Grace Bradbury

6 lap race
Silver – Leon McMullen
Gold – Emma Harrison

8 lap Parlauf
Silver – Leon McMullen, Ben Aldous
Gold – Emma Harrisson, Linda Aspbury

4×2 relay
Gold – Leon Mcmullen, Ellis Knowles, Ben Aldous, Louis Higgins
Bronze – Emma Harrison, Grace Bradbury, Wiktoria Jarosz, Linda Aspbury

4 x 1 relay
Gold – Rylee Steele, Ellis Knowles, Ben Aldous, Louis Higgins
Bronze – Emma Harrison, Georgia Davies, Wiktoria Jarosz, Daisy Poole-Crampton


Year 10 through to last 32 in National Cup

On Tuesday the Year 10 team made it through to the last 32 in the country after a 5-0 win against a strong Plymstock side. The score line is a little misleading as the game was closer than this suggests however the performance from the side was outstanding. TA took an early lead through a header by Cole Harford from an Ollie Mason free kick. The score stayed the same until just after half time when Olaf Koszella with the aid of his team mates hit a 10 minute hat-trick. Ollie Mason rounded off the scoring with a well worked team goal.   TA will now face a school from Wiltshire or Bristol at home in the next round.


Torbay Sports Awards

I am delighted to announce that we have some students and staff in this year’s Herald Express Torbay Sports Awards shortlists and excitement is growing for January’s awards evening at the Riviera Centre.  The judges read through more than 150 nominations in preparation for judging and it was a tough call in many ways to separate the best from the even better.  Therefore, we are very proud to have some representatives in the running:

Chris Hogg (Torquay Academy football coach)
Joanna Lacinska Piwowar (Table tennis)

Torquay Academy Under-15s football team

Junior Sports Personality:
Elyse Leech (Athletics)



Year 7 Celebration Assembly

Y7 Certificates

On Monday Mr Jones, Mrs Nicol and the Year 7 Team celebrated the Autumn Term successes, with over 30 prizes and certificates handed out to well deserving students.

The prizes on offer were varied, and we are grateful to a number of local businesses who donated to our celebration assembly. Prizes consisted of:
2 tickets to Kents Cavern
Family Swim at Aztec
Family Entrance Ticket to the Shaldon Wildlife Trust
Family Bowling at Aztec
£5 Amazon Vouchers
£20 Voucher for House of Marbles
£5 WH Smith Vouchers
4 Tickets for AMF Bowling
1 Hour session at Battlefield Torbay
2 Tickets to Paignton Zoo
Cream Tea at Occombe Farm Café
Family Swim at the ERC
2 tickets for Woodlands
A selection of chocolate/sweet boxes

These were firstly awarded to students for Outstanding effort, with the top 11 students from the Effort Boards being recognised. The top 5 Praise Point achievers also were celebrated, to recognise their consistently brilliant class/homework.  Raffle draws were also held with every ‘Star of the Week’ winner and every student who had received an ‘Outstanding Mindset for Learning’ snapcard from their teacher placed into a draw – with 10 students receiving prizes and certificates. All of the students who have achieved 100% attendance were also put into a raffle and 5 of those received a prize.

A fantastic way to end the Autumn Term for Year 7, who have come such a long way in such a short space of time!


Huge Achievement for Creative Arts Student

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Year 13 student Dan Williams has been awarded a place at the Academy of Contemporary Music, the most prestigious music college in the country.  Dan is an incredibly talented singer songwriter.  This won’t be the last time you hear about Dan in this blog.



 Spelling Bee

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Last week we held our second annual Spelling Bee. This was a competition where children were asked to spell a broad selection of words with a varying degree of difficulty.

A few months ago English teacher Katherine Tanner contacted local primary schools in the Bay about the event. Initially the schools were to run Mini Heats at their schools to get the numbers down to a small group of children to partake in the finals held here at Torquay Academy. The final 33 children attended with their parents, teachers and supporters from their classes, all with very excited faces!

Mr James Miller was the announcer for the spellings in the rounds and Katherine Tanner and Academy trustee Mrs Leo Critchlow were the judges for the rounds.

The rounds started with words that had been shared prior to the event so that the children could learn them at their mini heats and be prepared to spell them in the finals too. During the finals some of the children went out in the first round but the competition didn’t end until round 5! This was an exceptional achievement for the children as by this point we were using the BBC Hardspell list.

The young children that attended certainly did very well and by round 5 we found our finalist. The winning finalist was a Year 5 student, Charleigh Haggar from Cockington Primary and the highest Year 4 student, Kyle Winnett from Hayes Primary School took second place.

The whole event was such a success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. All of the children involved should be very proud of themselves. A big thank you to all of the staff involved at all of the schools and a hug well done to all of the children in the final event.


Christmas Lunch


We had our Christmas lunch on Tuesday 13th December and everyone pulled together to ensure that the students had a great lunch.    I was roped into serving the roast potatoes which was a fast paced and hot job.   My thick Santa Christmas jumper did not help matters!

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Mr Mellitt Under a Rainbow……..

JEM Rainbow

Physics Phenomenon Spotted at TA: Mr Mellitt enjoys the effect of the sun’s light being revealed for what it truly is – a whole spectrum of different wavelengths of light. He was last seen digging frantically looking for a pot of gold… perhaps he could buy a better tie if he finds it!




What a lovely way to finish the year with another student completing the Lexia reading programme. Pictured is Ellis Clark (Year 8) with our class mascot Alfred.  Ellis has worked very hard over the last year completing levels in Latin, Greek and vowel sounds.  Well done Ellis, a great achievement.



Students of the Week

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Students of the week pictured with me, Mr Gale and Mr Gratton are : Noah Johnson, Lizzie Harris,Hayley Turner and Katie Leigh.   Hayden Gibbings was also nominated but was absent due to illness.


Principal’s Awards and our first Silver Award

16.12.16 Principal Awards

I was delighted to hand out certificates and badges this morning.  Kimberly Taylor received the first Principal’s Silver Award of the year.  Emily Johns Yr 7, Lily O’Sullivan (Bronze) Yr 10, and Benjamin Arscott Yr 7 all received Bronze awards.