Buckingham Palace Invite for Duke of Edinburgh Award

Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Blog 27.5.16 Buckingham Palace

Last week I was invited to Buckingham Palace with Mr Brett to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Three members of the Royal Family were in attendance, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Earl of Wessex and The Countess of Wessex, and our group was hosted by Naga Munchetty.

This was a wonderful experience and a lovely way to celebrate TA’s commitment to DofE and our increased number of students undertaking the award at all three levels.


Year 10 revision techniques

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Year 10 took part in a session to show them how to revise and to experience what a revision session should be like.  Students were given folders and cards and the revision techniques were modelled by myself,  Miss Sanders and Mr Pugh. Students worked in silence for 15 minutes and the teachers displayed what they had done so students could see the various techniques as they were revising. After a 5 minute break students revised in silence for a further 15 minutes.  The students work ethic was excellent throughout the session.  They have their pre-public examinations at the end of June and half term will be a key time for them to practice their revision techniques.  They have been supplied with a revision booklet with topics to revise, revision methods and their examination timetable and are expected to revise for two hours per day in the run up to their end of year examinations.



6th Form Creative Arts visit Falmouth University

 27.5.16 Creative Arts at Falmouth

On Wednesday this week 8 Creative Arts students travelled to Falmouth University with Miss Pappin to look at the University’s facilities and to explore the different degree courses that were available.

Falmouth has been ranked 21 out of the UK’s 119 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2017. This most recent ranking once again places Falmouth as the UK’s highest ranked Arts University, an accolade also given by The Sunday Times League Table 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2017.

The students were particularly interested in the BA Drawing, BA Architecture, BA Photography, BA Fine Art, BA Popular Music and BA Creative Music Technology courses. They were given a tour of both the Penryn and Falmouth campuses by the student ambassadors, had lunch in one of the cafe’s on the campus and even got to watch a final year Musical Theatre production in the Performance Centre before returning back home to Torquay.

The students thoroughly enjoyed their day and feel motivated and excited about the possibility of continuing their studies at the University. Currently 5 out of the 8 students are considering Falmouth as their first choice university. Tom Neale said, ‘I just can’t wait to study music there, the facilities were amazing!’. Ottis Mathew said, ‘I was really impressed by the atmosphere, I can see myself there in another year.’ All students are now working even harder than ever to make their future at University a reality.


Battle of the Bands

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Last weekend our Year 12 Music Performance students took part in a Battle of the Bands competition in Dawlish as part of the lead up to the Dawlish Music Festival.

The competition was held in the Dawlish Community Sports Bar and anyone aged up to 19 could enter. Harvey Comer, Tom Neale and George Full were fronted by lead vocalist Dan Williams to create the band, “Note to Self” and were invited to to play a thirty minute set along with three other very talented bands from the Devon area. The four bands were all competing for the main prize which was £100 as well as a slot at the Dawlish Music Festival taking place on Saturday 25th June. The boys played an absolutely incredible set and were supported by a whole number of friends, family, as well as their very own TA Creative Arts fan club made up of Miss. Pappin and Mr. Brinson.

The winners were decided by a judging panel of six musicians from the local area (including local celebrity, “Dennis”!) and from what we have been told, the competition was extremely close. Although the boys weren’t named the champions of the evening, immediately after they finished their set, the organiser was so impressed with their performance that they were booked for the Dawlish Music Festival before the rest of the bands had even performed! We’re absolutely ecstatic about this result and can’t wait to go see the boys perform in Dawlish on the 25th!

If you can’t wait until then, the boys have also been booked to open for Mr. Brinson’s band, HER, on June 11th at the Exeter Phoenix as part of the after party for Exeter’s Respect Festival.

You can find more information on Note to Self on their Facebook page:  facebook.com/TomorrowWeWill

Mr Brinson at BBC introducing

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The past six months have been an absolute whirlwind for our music teacher, Mr. Brinson. As well as everything he does here at TA, outside of school he is part of the indie rock band, “HER”. From what started as a bit of a hobby, HER have quickly found success in the Devon area and are now starting to branch out to other parts of the UK.

Back in December 2015 they submitted their tracks to BBC Introducing and were lucky enough to have their track played on BBC Radio at the start of the new year. Since then Mr. Brinson and the rest of HER have been lucky enough to record a live session on air for BBC Introducing as well as going on their first UK tour in March/April. On top of the regular shows at Exeter and other parts of the UK, Mr. Brinson has also been spending his evenings and weekends recording the band’s first official EP which is set for release this summer.
Recently, the band were contacted by BBC Introducing and were asked to play a show at the Exeter Phoenix as part of all the hype surrounding Radio 1’s Big Weekend coming to Exeter along with three other up and coming bands from the Devon area. Mr. Brinson and the rest of HER then took to the stage and played “one of the most energetic shows of the career” in front of an audience of a few hundred fans, BBC management, festival owners, record label owners, but most importantly a small TA fan club made up of our head of Creative Arts, Miss. Pappin, and a small group of our sixth form Music students. Off the back of this, HER are now being contacted daily by various festival owners, venue owners and event organisers (this is including a post-show interview on BBC Spotlight last Monday night).
We certainly wish Mr. Brinson and the rest of HER a great deal of success for all their future endeavours!


Celebration Evenings

We will be having Celebration Evenings on the following dates to celebrate the hard work of students throughout the year commencing at 6.00pm.

Year 7      Wednesday 15th June

Year 8      Wednesday 22nd June

Year 9      Thursday 23rd June

Year 10    Thursday 30th June

South Devon Athletics Squad

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Good luck to the 4 Academy students selected for the South Devon Athletics squad. They will compete at Exeter Arena on the 11th June for a place in the Devon squad:

Krisjanis Rumnieks (Year 8) – Javelin
Courtney Sunderland (Year 8) – 100m and Relay
Georgia Davies (Year 7) – 100m, 200m and Relay
Elyse Leech (Year 11) – 100m, 200m and Relay


Year 4 Torre Visit

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We had a visit from Torre Primary who had an afternoon of science and enterprise.Whilst here, they took part in an activity where they had to create their own brand and product, essentially, the first stages of how anything new finds its way to the consumer market. Pupils were really enthusiastic and enjoyed their business session with me. I thought some of their ideas and brand names were really impressive and I think I’ve spotted the next Deborah Meaden!   It was a pleasure to see them and we look forward to seeing them again soon.


Year 9 GCSE Photography students on a photo shoot at Upton Park

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The Year 9 GCSE Photography students were recently invited to take part in a photography competition recording the flora and fauna of the Upton Park. The chairman of ‘The Friends of Upton Park’ will choose the winner later this month. The lucky photographer will not only receive a gift voucher and certificate, but will see their photographs published on the Upton Park website.   Last years winner was also featured in The Herald Express.  Mrs Lynch and Mrs Haddon were absolutely amazed and thrilled by the creativity and imagination shown by the students during this shoot. Well done Year 9.


Competition Time in Food Technology


It was competition time in Food Technology this week as Year 9 students tried their best to see how long they could make a ball of pasta dough stretch. Equipped with 100g of flour, an egg, a pasta machine and bags of ‘elbow grease’, the challenge was to see which type of flour had the elasticity needed in pasta making. Students quickly worked out that a high gluten content offered the best results and had managed to make the small ball of dough stretch over 5 metres – and into the next classroom! As part of their continuing investigation into the properties of ingredients, the next task for students is to make their own ravioli – yum!


 International Work Experience Student

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We were very pleased to welcome Jana Muller to the Academy to spend three weeks in the administration department for  work experience.  Jana is undertaking an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at her place of work, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH near Stuttgart, Germany.  She spent time in various areas learning and observing and was a very valuable member of the team for the duration of her stay.  We wish her all the best when she returns home at the weekend.


 Students of the week

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Students of the Week with Mr Withers: Lewis Eaton, Sonny Prior, Aimee Cox, Milena Tikuzyte and Daniel Ould (not photographed)

Star Readers

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​Star Readers here with Mr Withers : Adam Nock, Hannah Mabbutt, Mr Withers, Oliver Taylor, Gracie Bradbury, Lewis Crocker


Student Blog


In Geography, we are learning about the weather. We learnt about different types of rain. There is relief rain, convectional rain and frontal rain. We also learnt about the water cycle.
(Aisa Kana, Year 7)


The Canteen

The canteen has amazing food from delicious roast dinners to delectable cupcakes. It is open in the morning, break and lunch. You can also pre-order for a larger variety of food.
(Bethan Jackson, Year 7)