Amazing new students and an amazing new theatre

The Platform

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It is amazing!  We are blessed to have a theatre that is genuinely as good as it gets.  It seats 310 and is equipped with the highest quality light and sound system possible.  I cannot wait to see our students perform in this inspiring space.

Also in the building are two dance/fitness studios and three classrooms.



Welcome to our new Year 7s


I was delighted to welcome our new Years 7s to school on Wednesday.  They have made an exceptionally good first impression with myself and the rest of the staff.  Their first day was focused on learning their way around the school and beginning to understand our expectations of them for the next seven years – which I told them would fly by!







Year 12 return


Mrs Hosking, our Head of 6th Form, and Vice Principal Mr Bindon welcomed our new Year 12s to the school on Wednesday as well.  I was pleased to see so many of our successful students return to start studying their A levels.


TA Way


We start each year with our TA Way day which reminds students of the expectations of the school and is set up to support their learning for the coming year.  Students had five different sessions that focused upon:

  • Celebration and Rewards
  • Homework
  • Routines and Habits
  • Respect, Courtesy and STEPS
  • Learn Like a Champion





We started Friday morning with a whole school assembly.  It is lovely to get the whole school community together and set out our goals for the year ahead.


Climbing wall training

6.9.19 Wall


A number of our staff have now received their training that will enable us to make full use of the climbing wall.  It is incredible and I look forward to seeing our students using it.



The Launch of the Torquay Academy Combined Cadet Force RAF section.

6.9.19 CFF

On Friday 13th September the CCF will be launched to our Year 9 students. They will be invited to a launch event which will include a range of different activities. This will take place during school when they will hear from the Army, Navy, RAF and the Royal Marines about some of the career opportunities. The students will find out about the amazing opportunities offered by the RAF cadets at Torquay Academy. All other students will be given a chance to visit the services stands and talk to a careers specialist.

To help us explain the career opportunities, we have invited all the armed forces to attend with their careers teams to talk to our students. They talk about a wide range of careers and understand that most of their audience will not be signing up to a service but might pursue that career in a civilian capacity. They will remain in school for about 45 minutes after school if you would like to visit them with your children. Please can I say that we are not becoming a recruiting organisation for any of the forces but we are here to maximise the wide ranging and excited activities that come with a Cadet force. It will really push the boundaries of what we can offer, and over time, the numbers we can offer it to.

In the evening there will be a parents evening to elaborate on the activities on offer, including flying and allow the sign up process to begin. Yr9 parents will receive a letter early next week formally inviting them to the event along with timings.    The photo shows one of our NCO’s just after his first flight having taken control of the aircraft.


Students of the Week

SOTW 6.9.19

Year 7 – Merissa Farmington

Year 8 – Aidan Stapleton



Our colours awards are given to students who display an incredible attitude and aptitude in Sport and Creative Arts.  Congratulations to all of the students who have been awarded colours for their efforts last year.

 Sport Junior

Jack Howlett, Liam Poole, Charlie Tout, Finley Wood, Isaac Astbury, Freya Davies, Ellie Chammings, William Harrison, Harrison Clarke, William Green, Steve Fitzpatrick, Tommy Aldous, Jay Tout, Owen Woodcock, Josh Thompson, William Howard, Kye Graham, Ellis Kendall, Troy Riley, Daniel Green, Leo Driscoll, Harrison Clarke, Pierce Gerring, Ewan McLachlan, Reef Beer, Lauren Major, Matilda Bindon, Hannah Carr, Grace Povey, Jazz Povey, Penny Richards

Sport Half

Ellie Mitchell, Taylor Ford, Kelsey Cresser, Ryley Steele, Will Makinson, Ryan Wilson, Siana Goddard, Ocean Latto, Georgia Davies, Emma Harrison, Olivia Foster, Charlie Moore, Kaytlyn Mortimer, Leah Harman, Oliver Taylor, Timmy Oleksy, Bradley Satterley, Ollie Westwood, Ethan Tanner, Alfie Gouldthorpe, Adam Nock,Charlie Runciman, Joshua Shuttleworth, Jenna Parker, Sonny Prior,Cory Allen, Alfie Sams, George Cowell, Kacey Kenyon

Sport Full

Ben Clark, Zack Chalmers Wood, Harry Smith, Ryan Cossey, Alfie Edward, Joshua Hurren, Jack Lavercombe, Charlie Cuss, Joe Croft

Creative Arts Junior

Robin Pightling, Ben German, Poppy Rogers, Aimee Evans, Emilie Cartwright-Lomax, William Harrison, Lorenzo De Paoli, Lottie Hodgson, Ellie Holloway, Milly Treleaven, Dan Maw, Lila-May Harrington, Kelsey Hawkings
Grace Cayford, Dylan Weatherburn-Bird, Frankie Cuss, Elizabeth Cameron, Aaron Cox, Ellie Holloway, Lucia Aguado-Georgian, William Bevan, Abi Jones, Lily May Bruton, Oriana McCaul, Honey Darke, Charlotte Sweeney, Rose Bradley, Ellie Mae Mitchell, Phoebe Lown, Anya Page Dove, Charlotte Long, Jasper Dommett, Kole Gjikolaj, Benjamin Gosnell, Umeiko Meldious

Creative Arts Half

Oliver Cartwright-Lomax, George Swift, Jordan Wicks, Noah Johnson, Ethan Tanner, Robert Green, Alexander Corbett, Joe Hedworth, Olivia Davies, Thomas White, Silbury Peakman, Evie Billing, Silke Von Der Lieth, Ollie Mellitt, Alfie Sams, Luke Howard, Mya Edralin, Archie Hodgson – Hunt, Jack Manley, Eloise Simpson, Peter Holmes, Jake Gamble, Rhyanna Lewis, Ben Arscott, Scott Rowe, Samuel Harris, Cheyanne Churchward, Paige Godwin

Creative Arts Full

Emily Haddon, Chelsea Bull, Reagan King, Kacie Milton, Charlie Gouldthorpe, Kasey Dickson, Jessica Mitchell, Alex Jones, Charlotte Povey, Izzie Makinson


Year 8 Parkrunning

6.9.19 Hannah

Year 8 student Hannah has continued 5k Parkruns and training runs throughout the Summer break and it’s paid off. She finished 5th U13 girl at Totnes 10k mile race and last weekend was 2nd girl at Wigan 10k mile race. 595 ran & she was pipped to 2nd by her twin sister!   Hannah has further events planned as X -country season approaches and the start of the Wildnight Run series 5k trail races.  Well done !



PE Extra Curricular Clubs

Please see below the PE Department clubs for this term. You are reminded that all clubs are free of charge and students are all encouraged to attend. Clubs will start on Monday 9th September. If you have any questions about clubs please speak to a PE teacher.


Sports Club1

Sports Club2