A record week for certificates and the usual busy week!

Reminder – Monday 7th May is a Bank Holiday


Enterprise Corridor

4.5.18 Enterprise corridor

Students in Product Design have been making full use of the new interactive display on the Enterprise corridor. They have been tasked in lessons to choose one of the many designer-makers featured on the wall and conduct in-depth investigation of career pathways, key products, important terminology, developments and innovations. The display combines the opportunity to use QR codes with mobile technology to access informative videos and clips to help launch avenues for further research.


Current work on the display screens in the Enterprise corridors

Student achievements have been celebrated on the new display screens in the Enterprise corridor for all to see.Highlights include the fantastic block bots created by GCSE and KS3 Product Design students based on themes including superheroes, movie characters, animals and even food!  Take a look at the following video showcasing the wonderful work created by students.


A-Level Product Design students have been designing and making acoustic amplifiers to enhance the audio output of mobile phone speakers simply by channelling the sound waves in a more efficient manner. This involves the use of card models to test and develop concepts before constructing highly detailed CAD models which are then 3D printed. All the steps have been documented and can be seen in the following time-lapse video.


Poppy Bell passes Grade 5 on the Violin

4.5.18 Poppy Bell

Year 10 student, Poppy Bell, has passed ABRSM Grade 5 on the violin. For the exam Poppy told me she had to perform 3 pieces plus a selection of scales and arpeggios, sight reading and aural tests! A fabulous achievement, well done, Poppy!


Music Academy Showcase featuring the famous duo Sound of the Sirens!

We are so excited to announce that next Thursday the famous folk/rock duo, Sound of the Sirens, will be visiting the Academy to work with our Music Academy for the day. The duo are championed by Chris Evans – who declared himself “blown away” when he heard the sound of the Sirens for the first time, and subsequently invited them to perform alongside U2 and Take That on TFI Friday last year.

The Music Academy students will work with the Sirens during the day preparing material to perform alongside the duo as part of the Showcase performance in the afternoon. The Music Academy will also be showcasing a range of material they have been working on since it’s launch in January this year. The Showcase will be held in the Drama Studio from 4-5pm and everyone is very welcome to attend, you will need a ticket though so please contact the Music Department if you would like one. I look forward to seeing you there!


A level and GCSE Art Exam Work

It was a real pleasure to see the finished pieces of work that our students produced this week for their A Level and GCSE Art Exams.  I am always blown away by the imagination and quality of the work produced by our students.  These will be showcased at a later date, once the work has been marked and moderated.


A Level Physics


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Mr Mellitt’s A Level Physics class investigated the phenomenon of standing waves this week. Standing waves exist at specific harmonics which, in musical instruments, can be tuned to particular notes.  Students set up equipment to create a harmonic standing wave in a string (exactly how a guitar string works) and then measure the frequency of the vibration using an oscilloscope, which is essentially a piece of electronic graph paper.  Above Harvey Denning is reading the time each vibration takes in order to calculate the frequency of the wave.


Maths Revision Conference

4.5.18 Maths Conference

On Thursday, 20 Year 11 students travelled up to Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, for a Maths revision conference put on by PiXL. They joined around 400 other students from around the South West in revising key topics to achieve a ‘Strong Pass’ of a Grade 5. The Maths Department have been working very hard recently to support all Year 11 students in their preparation for their upcoming GCSE in Mathematics running revision sessions open to all students the last two Saturday mornings. They have also got revision sessions coming up on Saturday the 12th and 19th of May which all Year 11s and students taking GCSE Maths are welcome to attend and I’m sure will find beneficial as they strive for success.


Team TA Sports Roundup

Another week of progress in the PE Department, not all on the sporting field itself. After two cancellations due to snow days the Sports Academy students from Years 7-9 finally got to visit the University of Bath on Monday. They took part in practical sessions based on hand-eye coordination and speed and agility.  They did a tour of the sports facilities and listened to an inspirational talk from Amelia Coltman who is in the Great Britain Skelton (Winter Sport) Talent squad. A good time was had by all and the students thrived on being in and around Elite athletes for the day.

We continued our Rounders fixtures as you can see from the reports below and our annual training for the lawn bowls season took place on Tuesday at Upton Bowls Club; progress on their league campaign will be reported throughout the next 6 weeks. Wednesday saw our 1st XI play their final game of the season with a well deserved 3-0 win over Weston College. Thursday was a very busy day which showed just how far we have come in the PE world: last year we had a professional photographer in to take pictures of our sports teams, he took a total of 8 teams shots, this year that number rose to 19 and included rugby, netball, athletics, table tennis and basketball as well as the usual football teams.

Our Year 11 footballers played their Devon Cup final at Plainmoor on Thursday and for the first time in many years the team lost to a team from Devon, they were beaten by a very competent Devonport High School team 3-2, not to be this year for the boys who never give up.  They were gracious in defeat and live to fight another day when they take on Churston Grammar School in the South Devon finals next Wednesday.

On the subject of finals, our Year 7 team gained a place in their South Devon Cup final by beating TBGS 2-1 this week. Their final takes place next Thursday. In amongst all of this, Mr Welsh has managed to get approx 180 students from Years 7-9 up to Plainmoor to take part in their house football competitions. A full report for these matches will be in next week’s blog.

Finally this week there was great news concerning our Year 7 basketball team, because of their exploits locally they have been invited to take part in the National Under 12 4-a-side Championships which take place in Manchester on Friday 11th May. Hopefully more great news to report next week.


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On Tuesday afternoon, the Y7 boys’ football team again hosted TBGS in another semi-final. After harshly losing the previous game through the lottery of penalties, TA set out to make amends.

Like last time out, this was a close and intense game with two very good sides playing some lovely flowing football. TA certainly started the game strongest, being hungrier for the ball and passing with confidence, and it was thoroughly deserved when Liam Poole attacked Isaac Astbury’s deep corner delivery to head in at the back post after 15 minutes. An excellent first half from TA could and possibly should have led to an extension to that lead, but ultimately half time came and the score remained 1-0.

The second half started in similar vein, although TBGS, clearly buoyed by a half time team talk, put us under a bit more pressure. TA kept working hard and weathered the initial storm before getting back on top – Isaac Astbury twisting and turning to get a shot off that nestled in the bottom corner of the net for 2-0.

This prompted a reaction from TBGS and as they threw players forward in search of a goal, Lewis Vinson in goal became busier, pulling off some excellent saves. The team defended brilliantly as a collective throughout the second half, but one lapse in concentration allowed our opponents to get one goal back. Credit to TA as we continued to drive forward and stood resolute in defence as TBGS pressed for an equaliser. Then in the final minute, with a brilliant shot seemingly destined to bend in to the top corner, Lewis Vinson pulled off an absolutely stunning save to preserve our lead (probably the best save that Mr Jones has seen here). And with that, the game was over and TA had won a dramatic semi-final!

We will now play Newton Abbot College on Thursday at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, 2.30pm KO.

TA Beaten in County Final

On Thursday night the under 16 football team took on Devonport High School For Boys in the county cup final at Plainmoor. It proved to be a bad day at the office for TA who finished on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline. Credit where credit is due and DHSB certainly deserved their victory a truly fantastic team performance. The TA goals were scored by Cole Harford and Olaf Koszella.



Year 9 and 10 played Spires in a two-inning rounders game this week.

Year 9 captained by Georgia Davies batted in the first inning. Although we prefer to field first we did not let this affect our game. We batted very well in ended up scoring 14 1/2 rounders after the 10 minutes of play. Georgia led the team well, being the last batter in and scoring 4 rounders from the last 4 bowls.
Spires did not bat as well as we did and as a result only scored 8.
Spires fielding team picked up their game in the second inning allowing us to only score 8 1/2. Unfortunately when it was our turn to field we were not able to stop them from hitting well. We lost the inning 10 1/2.
One win and one loss.

Year 10 also started well. We were able to score several 1/2 rounders taking us up to a total of 10 by the end of the first inning. We fielded well against Spires in the second half and managed to stop them scoring more than us, winning the game 10-6.
Both teams fought hard in the second inning and there wasn’t much between the two teams. We drew the second inning 5 1/2 each.
One win and one draw.

Our Year 7s stepped up to the mark to play rounders against St Cuthbert Mayne’s mixed Year 7 and 8 team. Torquay Academy’s team A who were playing STCM’s Year 7 who had an outstanding fielding innings.  They were consistent throughout and we couldn’t keep up with the batting skills from the opponents which led to a narrow defeat.

TA team B had the tough challenge of playing an age group above them, against STCM Year 8s. With two innings played the girls kept it close all game losing only 3 rounders in the final innings. TA worked hard throughout the game and their opponents complimented them at the end of the game saying ‘ we did not realise you were a Year 7 team, well done for the excellent play. Player of the match, voted by players, was Ella Heasman – Knight.

Well done to all the girls who took part, it is a start of what will be an excellent season. with the hard work and training!


Lawn Bowls

This week our bowls team were involved in training event ready for the up and coming season. Seven students, ranging from Year 7 to 10, attended and really enjoyed learning new skills and working out tactics before the season has even started. We look toward to a successful season with some promising players. Watch this space.

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Students of the Week

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Students of the week this week with me are : Toby Leaver Y7,  Teddy Nash Y10, Codie Rees Y11, Marcin Drygiel Y9


Principal Certificates

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Principal Bronze : (not in order) Jasmine Brown 7B, Thomas Speed 7B, Kieran Towell 7B, Mia Warren 7B, Amelia Batten 7C, Honey Evans 7C, Codie James 7C, Bethany Jones 7C, Brandon Thomson 7C, Kyra Kuczmyjiw 7D, Kayla Potts 7D, Connie Watts 7D, Kayla Williams 7D, Keira Davies 7F, Kye Graham 7F, Lila-May Harrington 7F, Ellie Holloway 7F, Libby-Marie Marshall 7F, Kezia Stanley 7F, Danny Stanners 7F, Alexis Vowles 7F
Amelia Barrett 7H, Erin Colclough 7H, Jake Dakin 7H, Caitlin Kirby 7H, Alan Kumiega 7H, Peter Sarang 7H, Ruby Pleass 7K, Dakota Robinson 7K, David Waddington 7K, Sheldon Brown 7N, Laila Browne 7N, Matthew Oakden 7N, Jessica Smith 7N, Lauren Wills 7N, Lily Connor 7P, Frankie Cuss 7P, Lorenzo DePaoli 7P, Emily Harris 7P, Tyler-James Nunn, Amy Winston 7P, Leah Chappell 8B, Rhys Huxtable 8C, Millie Partridge 8C, Sophie Milford-Caddick 8D, Kayleigh Wilson 8H, Madeleine Reeve 8K, Lucy Sullivan 8N, Bailey Tarran 8N, Owen Morgan 9B, Beau Giles 9C, Keely Bell 9D, Callum Crocker 9F, Samuel Harris 9F, Daniil Sherry 9F,Oliver Taylor 9K, Mya Miles 9P, Alice Reshad 9P, Cameron Smith 9P, Evie Billing 10B, Luis Chalk 10C, Ellie-Mae Gilligan 10D, Charli Sims 10P, Luke Gaffard-Rowe 11ZVC, Joel Hallam 11JDW, Jessica Mitchell 11ROB, Codie Rees 11ZVC


4.5.18 P Silver

Principal Silver : (not in order) Chloe Dance 7B, Niamh Dolan 7B, Poppy Rogers 7B, Olivia Kenyon 7C, Rebecca Lovegrove 7C, Maddison Watt 7C, Alex Green 7D, Alyssa West 7D, Angus Graham 7F, Emily Coates 7H, Dara Kennedy 7K, Holly Roberts 7K, Coral Sanderson 7N, Thomas Johnson 7P, Holly Smith 7P, Olivia Walker 7P,  Alfie Sams 8C, Harvery Kendall 8D, William Heron 8K, Linda Aspbury 9B, Chloe Martin 9F, Myah Brett-Wilson 9P, Zane Sibiya 10K, Olivia Palmer 11ZVC


4.5.18 P Gold

 Principal Gold: (not in order)  Aimee Evans 7F, Kelsey Hawkins 7K, Max Gamble 7N, Harley Sneap 7P, George Nelson 7F, Noah Handford 8B, Emily Johns 8K, Ellis Knowles 8K, Lea Frahm 11ZVC


Governor Certificates

4.5.18 Govs Bronze

Governor Bronze: Elizabeth Cameron Y7, Milla Schwarz Y7



4.5.18 Govs Silver

Governor Silver: Boris Pugh Y7

Building Update

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