TA on Heart, Sixth formers play for TUFC and Rugby Success

TA on Heart


This week TA have been on Heart FM’s Matt and Caroline show every morning as part of their Grannies go back  to school feature.  Grannies Lil and Sylvia came to TA to see what school was like 60 years after they had left school themselves.

They were full of compliments about the school, not just about our wonderful facilities, but they also spoke about how hard working and smartly dressed our students were.  We enjoyed showing both the Grannies and Heart’s listeners, the brilliant things that happen here at TA every day.  You can listen to all of the clips below.

Under 16 Rugby Selection


Jacob Brady has been selected to play for Under 16 Devon Rugby Squad.  This is a great achievement and we look forward to hearing of his progress.



Sixth Form Academy Players play for Torquay United

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On Monday Nathan Hebbes, Louis Roberts and Connor Stewart from the Sixth Form Football Academy played for Torquay United’s Reserve team in a game against Watcombe Wanderers. The game was played at Plainmoor under lights with a crowd of around 500 present. Torquay fielded a team which was packed full of first team squad members and led by manager Kevin Nicholson. Nathan Hebbes started the game in midfield, played a full 90 minutes and manged to get himself on the scoresheet. Both Louis Roberts and Connor Stewart started on the bench and played the final 35 minutes of the match.  All of the boys played well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Next Monday will see more boys representing Torquay United in their St Lukes Bowl clash against Bideford FC.

Start of the new ECFA League

On Wednesday the 6th form football academy 2nd eleven started their league campaign trying to defend the tittle the first team won last year. TA took on Bodmin College at Stoke Gabriel with thirteen of the fifteen man squad making their debuts.​  It was understandably a ​cagey affair with both teams very nervous. TA however made the better start and had two good chances to take the lead but the Bodmin keeper managed to save both. Then from a TA corner Bodmin broke at pace and took the lead. TA then started to dominate the game creating chances and eventually equalised just before half time when a great run from Joseph Boothroyd saw him slip the ball to Adam Kenyon to slide the ball under the Bodmin keeper.  TA started the second half just as they ended the first dominating possession and creating many chances but the Bodmin keeper was in good form. However with fifteen minutes to go a jinking run from the ever so dangerous Lewis Reeman saw him up ended in the box after beating the third defender resulting in a penalty. Joe Molloy stepped up and cooly sent the keeper the wrong way to win the match for TA. Mr Grinsill, Mr Hogg and Mr Harries were all extremely impressed with the performance of the boys and in-particular the fighting spirit and determination they showed to comeback from being one nil down. Well done boys a great start.
Video highlights will follow next week.

Seated Volleyball Rio Paralympics Style

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TA students gave a Paralympics sport a go in PE off the back of an amazing tournament in Brazil. Seated Volleyball was a great favourite for the locals in Rio this year. Year 8 girls used their skills to emulate some heroic performances and fully enjoyed the experience. It is always a great year of sport when the Olympics comes round every four years. Often the Paralympians are forgotten quickly, hopefully due to the amazing performances of Team GB, Team TA can remember their exploits and get encouragement from these brave athletes.


Ethic of Excellence update


We added students’ work to our impressive Ethic of Excellence wall in the Academy which showcases our students’ brilliant work. The selected pieces were put into frames and mounted on the wall to give an impressive eclectic display.  Students and visitors alike en route around the school pause to take a look at these great pieces of work.  Well done to all students who have work on the wall.


 Students of the Week

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Students of the week pictured with Mr Withers : Mia White, Liam Thompson, Madeleine Reve, Josh Hurren and Scott Taylor