Busy Week with Ofsted, Primary Visits and Y7 Celebrations

Ofsted Visit

As you are aware, we were  visited this week by Ofsted.  The inspectors spent two days in and around the school observing everything that we do as an Academy. The students were amazing and a real credit to the school.   I can say that the inspectors were very positive in their comments,  and I look forward to sharing more information with you when I have received their report.

New Science Labs finished


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Three new laboratories benefitting from the use of the latest technology compiled with a contemporary design have just been completed.  Students are already enjoying being taught in the new labs which cost £200,000.  The renovations took 16 weeks and were overseen by the TDA, with Morgan Sindall carrying out the construction works.


Elyse Continuing on Winning Form as Devon School Champion

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Elyse pictured on the left with squad.

Year 11 student Elyse Leech continues to win her races and is Devon School Champion.   At the weekend, she won 100m in a time of 12.86 and she was 2nd in the 200m, in a time of 26.75.  There was a headwind which did not help timings.  I understand that  they are doing team selections for next Saturday.  Many congratulation to Elyse on her continued success.


Year 7 Celebration Evening

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Students pictured with Mrs Critchlow : Alanah Dolling, Jake Peters

Students pictured with Mr Westwood :

Chloe Martin
Lottie Denning
Poppy Hodgson
Aisa Kana
Isis Cabache
Keeley Bell
Grace Prew
Tia Goldring
Sophie Rick
Lacee Borge
Harriett Ellis-Burns
Joshua Poston
Ben Woodward
Matthew Leighton
Charlie Barnes
Alvin Ho
Jack Manley
Nick Turner
Jack Shirlow
Tom Norman

On Wednesday evening, students from Year 7 were invited in to celebrate their outstanding success and special achievements this year with Mr Jones hosting the event  Mr Withers and two of our School Govenors,, Mrs Critchlow and Mr Westwood presented the students with their certificates and badges.

Students were nominated for awards in the following categories:
Outstanding Effort
Subject Award
Form Superstar
Star Reader
Attainment Award
Mr Jones also highlighted some Noteable Achievements from Year 7 students, from Horse-riding awards and Rugby triumphs to Taekwondo achievements and Swimming success.   We had two readings from Nick Turner and Daisy Poole-Crampton, who had written their own speeches, talking about their personal highlights to date at Torquay Academy.  As well as two stunning musical performances with a solo from Eloise Simpson, and our very own Mr Brinson supporting Noah Corbett and Spencer Sicobo with a lively drum session!   It was a fantastic evening, and a wonderful time was had by all.  Students were delighted to be recognised for their hard work and positive attitudes to learning. Well done to everyone, and what a fantastic way to end Year 7!


High Performance Academy

17.6.16 High Performance Academy HPA


This photo shows our new High Performance Academy display wall, where students can get information about the best-paid jobs in the UK and top universities in Britain and around the world.

They can also pick up information about our wide range of HPA extra-curricular activities and challenge tasks. I was delighted to see that we had more than 90 responses in our first week for people signing up to High Performance Academy opportunities.


 Year 5 Activities Days

This week saw the start of our annual Year 5 Activities Days.  Students from 8 local primary schools came in over two days 15th & 16th June, to sample the various subject what we offer.  The youngsters enjoyed break time and lunch in the main dining hall before going outside for sports activities.  The staff and students at all the schools had a really great day with excellent feedback being received from the primary schools.  We have two more days next week with the remainder of the primary schools joining us.


Students of the Week

17.06.16 Students of the week

Students pictured this week with ​Mrs Nicol, Mrs Powell and Mr Wthers : Dylan Gale, James McDowall, Ollie Mellitt, Alfie Edwards


Teach Meet Torquay

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On Monday 13th June, teachers from schools throughout the South West came to Torquay Academy for their first Teach Meet, to share their ideas and strategies on ‘Stretching the Most Able’.

During the Teach Meet, presenters from many different schools discussed what they are doing to ensure that the most able students are being challenged in their learning. The systems shared included ‘University Challenge’, making University level resources available at all times, the use of Lead Learners and embedding open-ended questioning.   Mrs Mortimore from Torquay Academy said “It was a privilege to have almost one hundred teachers from schools all over the South West take part in our Teach Meet. I know the students in my class will benefit from my attendance.” The event was also live streamed through YouTube so those unable to attend could watch it.

If you would like to know more about Teach Meet Torquay, or Torquay Academy itself, please contact dsmith@tqacademy.co.uk.


Celebrating England’s victory

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We showed the 2nd half of England’s victory over Wales after school on Wednesday in a number of places around the school on Thursday.  With the exception of Mr Powell, there were great celebrations as England secured the winning goal in injury time!