National Recognition in the Parliamentary Review
This year’s edition of The Parliamentary Review was printed this week and it features an article on our school. The Review focuses on exemplary work from organisations around the nation, both in the public and private sectors. It is chaired by Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, is a document relied upon by both senior politicians and leaders across the country.
I was invited to a reception at Parliament by Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett on Thursday to talk about what we are doing at Torquay Academy. Eddie Jones, the England Rugby Coach, spoke at the event and you can see from above I managed to grab a photo with him after a chat!
Lord Pickles the co-chairman of The Parliamentary Review, has said that given the current political climate in British politics, “it has never been more important for government to hear the views of businesses and the public sector in a constructive forum” and there are “no other platforms that can achieve this as well as The Parliamentary Review.”
Writing in The Review, the prime minister says that “British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review.”
We are delighted to welcome our new students into school on Wednesday this week. They have made a wonderful first impression with me and the rest of the staff. Here they are in the Sports Hall with Mr Pugh learning how to complete their homework using their knowledge organisers and our new bespoke homework books.
On Wednesday and Thursday this week our students were invited to our very own Fresher Fair. With so many clubs on offer in the school, the fair was an opportunity for the students to speak to the staff who give up their time to offer such a wealth of opportunities. It was great to see so many students signing up for the wide variety of clubs.
Start of year assembly
Each year begins with a whole-school assembly. I believe it is important for all of us to be reminded that we are part of a larger community. It is also an opportunity for me to speak to everyone and set the tone for what I know will be an incredibly successful year.
All students received their homework resources as part of the TA way. Students in Year 7&8 have 1 hour twenty minutes homework per evening and Year 9-11 have 1 hour 30 minutes. A key part of their homework is to create tests from their knowledge organisers and they practised this in their homework session. There are exciting innovations this year, Year 7 are using Sparks maths and Years 8-11 are using Hegarty maths online programmes. Science GCSE students are using Educake online learning for part of their homework.
A recent study of 8,000 students found students who received regular homework performed better, and those doing exam courses who did 90 minutes homework achieved higher grades.
Whenever the new effort boards go up in school there is a flurry of activity to as students check their average scores. I am very proud of students who know that “with hard work, there are no limits”.
Lucy Foster Maths’ Award
We awarded the first Miss Foster Maths’ Award to Noah Johnson. This award is in memory of the much-loved Miss Foster who tragically passed away earlier this year; it is given to the highest achieving Year 10 Maths student. A board recording winners is in the Maths department.
Football Development Programme
Post 16 Football Programme off to a great start
We are now well into the preseason and so far everyone has shown a tremendous attitude and all players have shown a high level of fitness. Our calendar was packed with fantastic opportunities for our players over July and August before our season starts in September. Our games included matches against Brixham AFC men, then onto Bristol Rovers under 18s. Other matches included Cirencester U18s in August and the Canadian club Calgary Foothills. These games are a fantastic way to start the new season and will be a great blend of opposition from adult football, to full time professional clubs to international teams (Calgary currently have 4 Canadian internationals in their team). Our players were kept busy in the summer period and will have opportunities given to them that no other programme in the area can offer.
Torquay United and Torquay Academy Link Continues to give players professional game experience
Over the last two weeks of the summer term we had four players involved with Torquay United’s first team for their pre season games. Jack Lavercombe, Alfie Edwards and Josh Baxter were all involved against Forest Green. Our striker Olaf Koszela has been training with the first team and made an appearance against Poole Town and more recently came on against Plymouth Argyle in front of over 1,800 supporters which was a great experience for him. During the match against Cardiff City at Plainmoor, we were excited to have Olaf and Alfie on the bench again – what an unbelievable experience they will get to play alongside players that we will all be watching soon on match of the day. We will keep you updated on how things go over the next few weeks.
Student of the Week
Students of the week are: Yr 7 – William Howard, Yr 8 – Cody Lidster
I was delighted that so many students achieved perfect effort scores for their approach to learning in every subject last term. Due to being in London I was unable to meet them this morning, but I am very proud of their achievement. Growth Mindset students (not in order) : Toby Leaver , Rae Makinson, Madelyn Palmer-Kerslake, Boris Pugh, Olivia Walker, Ellie Mitchell, Linda Aspbury, Mateusz Baczynski, Shannon Banks, Lacee Borge, Georgia Davies, Lottie Denning, Harriett Ellis-Burn, Beau Giles, Anna Hobson, Aisa Kana, Dominic Locke, Harriett Ottley (Not in photo), Leilah Poulain, Daniil Sherry, Poppy Bell, Samantha Gourlay, Luca Guastella, Rebecca Hall, Emily Hammond, Thomas Huitema, Noah Johnson, Hannah Mabbutt, Jenna Parker, Lydia Pillage-Bond, Sonny Prior, Krisjanis Rumnieks, George Swift
It wasn’t quite finished for the start of the term, but we are delighted with our new extension. It really fits in with the rest of the school.
We are now in the six classrooms and the finishing touches are being made to the two changing rooms and one further classroom.
The site where the new theatre will be built has now been secured and measured out. We will be breaking ground very shortly…
The foundations are now being dug out for the dining room extension as well.