On Friday I was murdered in the name of world book day…

World Book Day and my murder!

Last Friday students had had a fantastic time celebrating a belated World Book Day across the school. World Book Day is a great opportunity to promote reading across all year groups and this year we decided to celebrate by running a whole school Murder Mystery. Students began the day by listening to a reading from their tutor’s favourite book. Students were then shown a video of my murder and the first interview with the first suspect.  They were given a prediction sheet to fill in throughout the day as they were shown all of the police interviews’ with different murder suspects a.k.a some very suspicious teachers, culminating in a grand reveal period 5.  You can see these below.  It went without a hitch with hundreds of students presenting their theories. A draw was made for those students who correctly guessed that it was Mr Mellitt who caused my untimely demise…

Year 7 Winner – Fin Gaisford
Year 8 Winner – Chloe Hunter
Year 9 Winner – Thomas Porter
Year 10 Winner – Leilah Poulain
Year 11 Winner – Elizabeth Finch

I would like to thank Miss Weir for setting up such a memorable day.

The murder and Mrs Brimming’s interview

Mr Bindon’s interview

Miss Risk’s interview

Mr Chadwick’s interview

Mr Mellitt’s interview

The arrest!



 World Book Day Doors

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The English department decorated their doors to help inspire wider reading in our students.


World Book Day Book Swap

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We also ran a Book Swap with the help of our wonderful librarian where students brought in old books and exchanged them in the library during break and lunch


Performing Arts Dance & Music Show

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On Wednesday night a group of talented young individuals took part in performing in the Torquay Dance and Music Show. This evening consisted of a wide range of dances performed as solos, duets, small groups and whole classes. The dances were accompanied by live music both from bands, solo singers and DJ sets along with amazing visuals. Together they made an unbelievable evening filled with enjoyment by everyone who came to watch and support.

We are extremely proud of each and every single one of them for the amount of hours they have put in to training and their dedication over the last few months.


Music Update

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It has been a busy and exciting Spring term for the music department culminating in a series of events that are taking place in the two weeks before Easter. These events punctuate a vibrate narrative unmistakably TA, starting in year 7 with pupils working on their instrumental skills and in year 8 with whole class performances of modern songs from ‘Post Malone’ and ‘Portugal. The Man’. Music and Music Technology has once again proved to be a popular option with the year 8s who contribute to a record uptake in music at key stage 4 next academic year.

In years 9, 10 and 11 we have seen huge success particularly evident in the outstanding results produced by our year 11 NCFE pupils. Further down the years pupils have been similarly dynamic. In Music Technology year 10 pupils have been working behind the scenes to produce music for their brand new record label. While performance students in year 9 have explored the music of The Beatles and year 10 are busy preparing for the first of their BTEC assessed performances. Both year groups perform in a joint concert in front of their peers on Wednesday 3rd April.

Miss Pappin’s Year 12 students have got into the community spirit developing their teaching and workshopping skills. Having already lead lessons to year 8 and a year 7, the BTEC diploma pupils head to Sherwell Valley to lead a day of workshops where they are teaching George Ezra’s smash hit ‘Shotgun’ to year 5. They will be joined by the sub-dip pupils in a performance, free to the public at Malloy’s, St Marychurch Thursday 4th April doors open at 7pm.

This term we found out that we are to become a Musical Futures Tech champion school in addition to being a long standing centre for Musical Futures. Which has buoyed us as a staffing body to be more ambitious, innovative and will enhance our world-class facilities providing extra software and equipment for our pupils to experience.

All of this follows on from participation from both Music and Music Technology students in the first Dance and Music show, and is capped with performances to the whole school in the annual end of term assembly, marking what has been a busy and enriching term.   As the term rockets to its grand finale we wish to extend a huge thank you to all the staff and pupils who have been involved in any way shape or form over the past 12 weeks. Without your help and participation we could not run such an extensive and successful programme of music. See you all in the summer term.

We are now accepting applications for Instrumental lessons and LAMDA Musical Theatre tuition (performing arts academy only) for the Summer term. Payment can be made on parent pay or via return of an instrumental lessons letter by 23rd April. Lessons continue to be priced at £50 per term (10 lessons) £20 for key stage 4 music students and pupil premium. LAMDA lessons £30 (10 lessons) only available to performing arts academy.


Year 8 Brilliant Club

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A number of our year 8 students have been selected to take part in the Scholars’ Programme run by the Brilliant Club. This is a university taster programme involving a visit to the University of Exeter, a series of six tutorials with a PhD tutor coming into school, an assignment on the topic they have studied, and a graduation at the University of Oxford.    Our students are studying British Prime Ministers since 1945 with Emily Marsay from the School of Social Sciences and International Studies. They are: Corbyn Gardner, Leoni Bailey, Kayla Williams, Aliyah Simpson, Marissa Murray, Angel McKenna, Lily Grace Lee, Dara Kennedy, Honey Evans, Dimitar Dinev, Lily Connor and Sheldon Brown.

On Monday they went for the Launch Trip to Exeter University where they were able to see around the amazing facilities and participate in their first tutorials and lectures.


10 Tors training

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As you read this our team members will be gearing up for a very long day on the moor but first, we’d like to share the fantastic camp that they had last weekend after high winds forced us to cancel the preceding weekend. The students walked out and wild camped for the first time near Bellever Tor in damp but otherwise ideal conditions. After a lively evening (see @OutdooredTA on Twitter for evidence of an excess of morale and a deficit of in tune singing) the teams awoke to a misty morning that soon burned off to give excellent conditions to walk in. As always thanks go to our parent volunteers Mr Jackson and Mr Cawood who were out all weekend along with or dedicated staff.


Drama Exam

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On Thursday 21st March the Drama students performed their examination pieces to a visiting examiner and Yr 9/10 audience. There were a variety of different play-texts explored and performed with commitment, maturity and thoughtful insight. Very proud of every student and well done to all involved!


Year group photographs




On Thursday morning, in glorious sunshine, our Years 7 and 11 and the Sixth Form had their group photographs.  It is one of those moments where I feel such pride in seeing them together; they are all amazing.


A week in enterprise


First day back at school after the big competition win and the team are already thinking ahead to next year’s Tomorrows Engineers’ challenge!


Wonderfully original customisation from Shannon who has done a great job on her Year 7 Bug Box project in D&T. Painted in her Harrison house tie colours too!


Heidi has paid real attention to detail to finish off this superb Design and Technology Block Bot!


Year 12 trip to UCAS Higher Education Exhibition

Wednesday saw 51 students from year 12 attend the Higher Education Exhibition in Exeter. Students left in good spirits and returned with their aspirations raised and clear sights set on their futures post 6th form. The event consisted of specific seminars covering various subjects and the actual application to university process alongside stalls from every university in the country. Students could meander the hundreds of university options and speak directly to current students living and breathing university life at their chosen campus. The students, led by Mr Richardson and Mrs Edwards, were exceptionally well behaved, gained a great insight into university life, grabbed multiple prospectuses, some free pens and maybe consumed a doughnut or two from the burger van along the way. All in all, a very successful day.


TA adopted by Morgan Sindall


Morgan Sindall, the company who are currently building our theatre, have adopted the school! The ‘Adopt a School’ campaign construction-related companies to ‘buddy up’ with their schools to raise the profile of construction as a career choice with young people and improve its image at the same time.  We already enjoy a close working relationship with Morgan Sindall, previous blogs have highlighted the visits they have hosted for our students on site.  We were pleased to welcome Neil Baker and Stacie Harrison from Morgan Sindall into the school where they visited one of Mr Waring’s construction classes.  I look forward to the partnership leading to more opportunities for our students.


KS4 Child Development Lessons

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It has certainly been a “hands-on” couple of weeks for our Child Development students in Years 9 and 10 . Year 9 are currently learning about the intellectual development norms of a child and enjoyed a fun carousel of activities looking at mark making and how a child learns to write.

Year 10 have been busy planning and making their 2 course for a meal for a 4-year-old as part of their overall assignment grades. Not only did they have to think about nutrition, but other factors such as cost, time and more importantly how to make it appealing so the child would want to eat it. Some brilliant dishes were made including spaghetti bolognese, shepherds pie and chicken wraps. The second course also did not disappoint, fruit salad, pancakes with fruit and apple and strawberry crumble were all a tasty treat to behold. Great job all round!



Tumbling Regionals

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Last Sunday Ellie Chammings travelled to Bath University to compete in a follow-up competition within a group of 8.   The Gold and Silver medallists would be invited to represent the Region (South West) at the NDP National Tumbling Semi-Final in Birmingham (Birmingham Arena) in June.  I am very proud to tell you that Ellie came first and received the gold medal – she is very modest about her Gymnastic achievements and may not tell you herself.  She will be attending some training sessions in Bristol over the next couple of months as part of the preparation.  Good Luck Ellie; an amazing achievement!


Team TA Sports Roundup

Year 8 Rugby team compete In Rosslyn Park National 7s Competition

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It was an early start on Monday for the year 8 rugby team as they headed off to the Rosslyn Park National 7s competition in London. Up with the Larks they set off at 5.30am bleary-eyed but excited about what lay ahead. With all sweets consumed by the time they got to Newton Abbot they relaxed into the 4 hour journey.  However, they hit the London traffic as they approached the venue in Richmond.

Our first game was at 10.20 am and we made it just in time, literally stepping off the bus and onto the pitch for kick off.

First up was Dover college. A promising start from the kick off with Marcus Griffiths catching the ball running the length of the pitch to touch down for a try; it was what we needed to boost our confidence.  Dover quickly responded releasing their own missile who slipped a tackle and there was no stopping him. This end to end rugby continued with some great ball handling from TA against a very tenacious Dover side with the result ending in a fair 20-20 draw.

Next up was University College School. A similar game to the first, but we were learning all the time and really should have won this game. Every tackle and every pass had a purpose and we scored four very well worked tries. UCS came back strongly and our defence let us down and again the end result was a 20-20 draw.

With an hour until our next game, we refuelled and Mr Richardson and Mr Waring took the team all through the fine art of the slide defence. The squad listened and practised and we went straight into our next game against Colston’s Grammar School and arguably our toughest contest! From the start it was obvious it was a well organised Colstons team with some very strong runners, but our new found defensive skills were holding firm and the pressure paid off with them spilling the ball which we gathered moved wide and again Marcus Griffiths’ speed was too much for the scrambling defence. More hard work from Cameron Wannel and Harrison Peart at the breakdown allowed Oliver Waring to make a break and feed the ball to……. you guessed it Marcus Griffiths who did the honours with another touchdown. further tries from Charlie Nunn and Euan Smith ended the game 30-10 win for TA and it felt great.

With such a good start to the tournament it was important that all who travelled had game time and we rotated the team for the next two games which unsettled us a little, add the fact that the all the other teams had stayed in hotels adjacent to the pitch the night before, we just ran out of steam and lost the next two games to very strong teams from Burford School and Stockport Grammar School.

All in all a fantastic achievement and to be so competitive in our first National 7s competition and we will return next year better prepared and wiser from this year’s event.

Congratulations to the following players for such a fantastic effort and representing the school in such a positive manner: Will Bevan, Harry Goodwin, Daniel Green, Marcus Griffiths, Kieran Johnson, Cody Lidster, Charlie Nunn, Harrison Peart, Euan Smith, Xander Tostevin, Cameron Wannell and Oliver Waring


Under 13 Girls v Torquay Girls Grammar

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On Tuesday our year 7 and 8 girls played against the girls’ grammar school in a great game in the sun.

It was fantastic to see so many girls involved in the match and the football played was great to watch, it’s exciting to see how much girls football is growing in the area and the quality is improving all the time.  We have more games planned and are looking forward to introducing football to more girls every year and now with our pathway for girls going through year 7-11 and now into post 16 the girls in the area have opportunities to follow a structured pathway to quality coaching and playing matches alongside their education.

The game ended in a 5-2 win for Torquay Academy with the goals coming from – Ella, Matilda, Darcie, Abi and Ellie


Year 7 V Dawlish Community College

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Last week our year 7s played at home v Dawlish, we introduced the players to our Playertek GPS pods to track their movement and measure different metrics within the game. Its part of the development in our programme and will educate our players on the benefits of evaluating their performance. The game was enjoyable to watch and our boys played some attractive football on the way to the win. Our football programme is expanding within the school and we are excited about what the players will receive when part of the teams at Torquay Academy next season.

Above are some screenshots of the year 7 Playertek data.


Second Eleven

On Monday the second eleven made the long trip to Hayle FC to play Plymouth Argyle Cornwall in a rearranged league fixture. The game turned out to be nothing more than a training exercise as TA dominated from the opening seconds and found themselves 4-0 up in twenty minutes. The final score finished 12-0 with the goals coming from second half substitute Jamie Passmore x5, Zac Chalmers-Wood x4, Josh Parry and Jordan Bastow. TA still need two wins from three games to wrap up the title.



Our Under 14 basketball team travelled over to Churston Ferrers Grammar School on Thursday to take on the formidable Churston team.  Over the years,  we have never beaten Churston nor indeed come close, that is until this year when we played them recently and lost by the odd point.  With this in mind,  we knew we had a chance this week. What a game it was, nip and tuck throughout, going in at the end of the first quarter one point down.  The next quarter was looking like we would be going in 2 points down when with 4 seconds to go Alan Kumiega launched the ball from well outside the 3 point line to score a ‘buzzer beater’ basket. This meant we went into this half time break up by a point.

It is usual for this side to let things slip a bit in the third quarter, however, we were playing our best basketball of the season, some great rebound play from Alfie Sams, ball carrying by George Cowell and Josh Thompson meant we were able to build a platform for attack.  Freddie Kingdom was having the game of his life, rebounding, stealing and scoring points.  Finley Burn was his usual hard working productive self and just like Freddie Xander Tostevin was having the game of his life as well, scoring crucial baskets when needed. Sonny Houlahan was playing his defensive role to great affect and the whole team were making it very difficult for Churston to score.  With about a minute to go the cries from Mr Harries towards Owen Woodcock of ‘Don’t shoot’ were either thankfully ignored or unheard, and he to launched the ball from way out on court to land a great basket. This was enough to take the win after a final two minutes of frantic defending from our boys. This was a fantastic result and show just how far this team have come this season.


Table Tennis

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On Thursday our Under 14 table tennis squad travelled Clennon Valley to take part as two teams in the Devon Winter Schools Championships. They earned the right to play in the tournament by coming first and second in the Torbay Schools event earlier in the year.  On the day there were 10 teams from all over Devon and the format of the competition is such that every team plays everybody else. Both of our teams played very well and at the halfway stage our A team were unbeaten and top of the leader board. Their crunch match came against Stoke Dameral School from Plymouth who were also unbeaten until we met. The game was very close and very tense with every point counting, every rally mattered.  Bizarrely, it was the very narrow loss of Kai Fowler against their strongest player that actually sealed the victory for us, such is the scoring system.  We eventually beat them 47 – 43 points.

After this game it was full steam ahead to win the rest of our games and be crowned overall champions. One of the most hotly contested games the A team played in was against the B team where pride was at stake and the B team certainly were not going to do the A team any favours by letting them win comfortably.  Eventually the B team finished a very creditable 5th place overall. To top the day off Harley Sneap was nominated by fellow players and teachers as displaying the most passion, in a controlled manner, throughout the day.  Well done to him and all of the boys taking part; Year 7 Ben German and William Howard, Year 8 William Hall, Harley Sneap, Dan Green and Kai Fowler Year 9 Ellis Knowles and Igor Sniergocki.


Sparx Maths

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Students who have achieved their Level 1 Sparx Maths : Lily-May Harrington, Evie Sutton, Oliver White



Star Readers

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Once a fortnight students spend their English lesson working in our study centre. Here they read a book chosen from their reading record, based upon their ability and learn about book reviews and build vocabulary skills. For every book they read and review they earn a star, working towards Bronze, Silver, Gold and Top Star Reader certificates.  25 books will earn a bronze certificate, 50 books is silver, 75 books earns a gold certificate and a massive 100 books read will earn the student the title of top star reader. Congratulations to all students being awarded certificates today.  (not in order) Coral Sanderson, Katie Harris, Finley Last, Riley Isaac, Lily-Anne Winterton, Jess Dennis, Emily Coates, Lily-May Bruton, Oliver Waring.  Not in photograph Owen Greenwood, Milly Watt.


Principal Certificates

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Bronze: (not in order) Oliver White,Callum Oldham, Lilly-Ella Ross, Abigail Anderson, Lennie Toomey, Zak Berryman, Jasmine Huxtable, Evie Sutton, Ayeisha Moseley, Kai Fowler, Isabelle Dicken, Alicia Lindley, Sienna Pethard, Katie Walker, Chloe Kingshott, Molly Stimpson, Harry Mabbutt, Tyler Kendall, Mia Lewis, Anna Hobson, Jacob Almond-Abraham, Oliver Brazier, Shannon Hayward, Jodie Taylor



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Silver: (not in order) Ellie Chammings, Bradley Ross, Alana Mitchell, Toby Morris, Jack Darke, Callum Edwards, Lacee Kiff, Lily-Ann Winterton, Redd Benson, Darcy Thomson-Wade, Klara Cornforth, Sophie Dennison, Vincent Poynton, Katie Bowyer, Aaron Cox, Cody Lidster, Milla Schwarz, Connie Watts, Hannah Moxhay, Tia Alcock-Burness, Michael Brooker, Alfie Sams, Archie Hodgson-Hunt, Antonia Standen, Grace Hallett, Mea White, Lizzie Harris



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Gold (not in order) Matt Budavolgyi, Matilda Bindon, Gabriella Fouche, Anya Page-Dove, Rae Makinson, Grace Cayford, Amelia Batten, Finlay McClements, Lucia Aguado-Georgian, Kelsey Hawkings, Lila-May Harrington, Conner Lawrence, Madison Hole, Juliette Loud

Governor Certificates

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Bronze : (not in order) Evan Kinghorn, Shannon Adamson, Oriana McCaul, William Reed, Melisaa Arscott, Hollie Hand, Rose Bradley, Benjamin Gosnell, Taylor-Ann Floyd, Codie James


29.3.19 Gov Silver

 Silver : Jasper Dommett, Phoebe Lown



House Stars of the Week

Year 7

Brunel –

Christie – Sonny Jackson

Darwin – Gabrielle Jeneway

Fawcett – Harley Stevens and Owen Greenwood

Harrison – Redd Benson

Kitson – Fin Gaisford

Nearne –

Pengelly – Keryn Giffard


Year 8

Brunel – Summer Baylis

Christie – Katie Harris

Darwin – Katie Bowyer

Fawcett – Holly Long

Harrison – Jade Taylor

Kitson – Kelsey Hawkings

Nearne –

Pengelly – Mason McCarthy – Payne


Year 9

Brunel –

Christie – Millie Partridge

Darwin – Louie Mugliston

Fawcett –  Owen Thomas

Harrison –  Sonny Ronson

Kitson – Madeleine Reeve

Nearne –

Pengelly –



Building Update


You can see the roof is now almost complete.


The floor of the theatre is now complete.  This means many different trades can start their work in earnest.  There is a little over three months now until it is due to be handed over.