A trip to Cambridge, pancakes and a gift

 Cambridge University Year 12 Physics

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On Wednesday 27th February our Year 12 physicists attended a trip to the Cavendish laboratories at Cambridge University.

The students were able to explore the different colleges and studying facilities within Cambridge University, followed by a lecture from a doctor of physics relating to circular motion within Newtonian Physics and a laboratory practical relating to pendulums.  The students then answered online questions set by the University competing against other schools attending the trip, where Luke Giffard-Rowe and Thomas Gabl received a prize for the most correct answers within their session. It was an incredible opportunity for our students: Luke Giffard-Rowe, Rebecca Vinson, Silvia Belpoggi, Francesco Spiezia, Hayden Gibbings, Thomas Gabl


 Pancakes MFL Style

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The MFL treated the school to pancakes this week as students cooked and shared pancakes with students and staff.


Exeter Medical School

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On Wednesday Dr Hocking and Mrs Spiller took a group of year 9s to Exeter Medical School.  It was a great opportunity to work within the cutting edge research laboratories and also to learn how scientific research links with the clinical setting.  The students extracted and amplified genes using PCR.  They then studied the morphology of yeast cells under a microscope before looking at the impact of diabetes in the hospital ward.


 A perfect gift


We are immensely proud of Jess who has worked incredibly hard in her own time, at lunch and after school, to make this wonderful present!



Highlights from the Enterprise Learning Area this week include fantastic commitment from students working at lunchtime and after school in our D&T club, a ‘grilling’ from me as part of our preparation for the Tomorrow’s Engineers Lego Robotics National Finals, evidence of stiff competition from other schools whowill take part in the event, high quality products going home in GCSE Product Design and the announcement that we are in Tesco stores in the Torbay area until 30th April as part of fundraising for our Greenpower Electric Car challenge – please vote for us if you can!



Getting ready for the national finals

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I had the pleasure of being given a run through by our lego robotics team as they are in the final days of preparation for the national finals in Birmingham.  They also explained to me their design decisions.  They are an incredibly talented group of students.


High School Musical preparations


Our cast had their headshots taken as rehearsals continue for our production of High School Musical in June


Sneak Preview of High School Musical!

Our Performing Arts Academy have been working relentlessly every Tuesday and Thursday evening towards June’s production of High School Musical. I was lucky enough to be treated to a sneak preview of the opening number ‘Wildcat Cheer’ this week. I am super impressed with the hard work and dedication of this year’s PAA and after watching the sneak preview I’d have to agree with the cast that this is going to be TA’s best ever production! I can’t wait to watch the full production in June.



Year 9 students are currently learning about the conservation of energy. In this clip Luis Elliot demonstrates the principle whereby a released pendulum doesn’t just return to its starting position without hitting him on the nose!


Child Development

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Well done to Year 10 Child Development student Jasmine Winterton who received her exam results on Wednesday following her January exam in Health and Well Being for Child Development. She achieved a distinction, but even more impressively, she only dropped 2 marks in her exam. It is an exceptional result. Well done, Jasmine!


Hannah Scoops Awards

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Hannah, Year 7 Sports Academy student, attended the South Devon Athletic club awards evening. She was proud & excited to receive the following: Under 13 girl Junior Grand Prix trophy, award for completing all 10 Junior Grand Prix events, the Trailblazer award for participation in night runs and day races, award for fastest girl 5K Park run and a medal for commitment to the club.


Ladies Football

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Shannon Crawford celebrating her recent 16th birthday by making the step up to adult football at the weekend, appearing for Plainmoor Ladies’ 1st team in their Devon Ladies’ League match against Ottery St. Mary. Well done, Shannon!


First Team

First Team put 9 past Weymouth College


Our 1st team travelled to Weymouth College on Wednesday looking to keep up our run of strong performances. The game was moved to their astroturf due to the heavy rain which allowed us to play our style of passing game.

Weymouth stuck to their game plan in the first half and were very resilient and hard to break down.  We had plenty of possession but every shot seemed to hit a defender, post or saved by their keeper. We finally broke the deadlock after 35 minutes with a finish from inside the box by Matty Roberts to open the score.

We then scored 3 in quick succesion, Harry Ford and Ben Clark getting in on the act before halftime, we also had Jamie Passmore earn himself a penalty that he fired home but was judged to have not crossed the line so was ruled out, this put us 3-0 up at half time.

The second half was very different with a dominant performance from the whole team and only having to rely on Josh our keeper to make one save all game. The rest of our goals were scored by: (57) Ben Clark, (63) Harry Ford, (75) Harry Ford, (85) Alfie Edwards, (86) Alfie Edwards and (90) Charlie Cuss

The final result was 9-0 to us and confidence high going into next weeks national quarter-final v Foxes Academy on the 13th.  Feel free to come and support us, 2.30pm kick off on our astro


Seconds edge closer to League title

On Wednesday the second eleven made the long trip to Redruth to take on Truro College. The squad had a number of new faces and a few boys stepping up to make their debut.

TA started slowly and struggled to get the long journey out of the legs. We eventually took the lead on the 27th minute when a great delivery from out wide by Zac Chalmers-Wood was headed home by Adam Kenyon. TA doubled thier lead on the 39th minute when captain Harry Smith helped on a Chalmers-Wood corner at the far post. The second half saw us dominating the game and in the 70th-minute debutant Jordan Gouldthorpe scored with his first touch only for the referee to disallow the goal for no apparent reason! Truro went straight down the other end and halved the TA lead. We eventually put the game to rest when good work from Adam Kenyon saw him beat two in the box before cooling slotting the ball home.

We need three victories from our final four games in order to clinch the tittle.


Football program trials


It was great to see so many boys turn up on Monday evening for the first of our trials for our highly successful 6th Form football program.  Some offers of places have already been made.  If you are interested in joining either our boys or girls football program please contact Chris Hogg, our Director of Football, at the school.


Team TA Sports Roundup


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Lizzy Cameron, (TOGC) and Ellie Chammings, (Newton Abbot) competed at Bath University last weekend in the South West qualifiers. Lizzy and Ellie came 2nd and 3rd in the competition. Lizzy qualified for the English tumbling championships and both of them qualified for the next round.  Here they will take part in the qualifiers to represent the South West Region. Well done to both girls, all that hard work and effort is paying off.


Devon Futsal Competition

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Under 15 Girls

The under 15 girls had a fantastic tournament- playing 6 games, winning 5 and losing 1 to overall winners Ivybridge. The girls have really improved and developed since the first round before Christmas and Miss Fannon has really enjoyed watching them grow as a group of players. The original squad was strengthened with the addition of Sianna Goddard who went on to be the team’s top goal scorer with 6, followed by Taylor Ford with 3. Overall we finished runners up behind the talented Ivybridge squad but the girls deserve immense credit for the quality of football played throughout the day and for conceding only 3 goals all day.

Squad- Sianna Goddard, Ocean Latto, Ellie Mitchell, Kelsey Cresser, Taylor Ford, Olivia Foster, Emma Harrison


Under 13 Girls

The under 13s girls went into this round convincing winners of the previous local round and were full of confidence. The girls finished runners up in their heat in which they lost 1 and won 2. Top goal scorer again went to Darcie Baker. Squad pictured here with Mr Jones’ boys teams- Darcie Baker, Sophia Clarke, Abi Anderson, Lily Ella Monk, Ava Mitchell and Milla Schwarz.


Under 13 Boys

By finishing first and second in the Torbay competition, we took two boys teams (one Y8 and one Y7) to the U13 boys competition. Both teams performed very well, with the Y8s registering three wins and the Y7s a win and a draw. Unfortunately, it was not enough to win the competition but the boys have learnt a lot in the process.

Well done to all four teams for qualifying


Health and Exercise Research

As reported previously a group of our students are working with Exeter University carrying out research into health and exercise trends within schools. Hopefully, the results will prove useful in developing these two areas in schools across the country . To that end all students, staff and parents will be sent an email with a link to a short survey, it would be very much appreciated if you could find time to complete it.


Reading and Spelling Awards


Recently all students in years 7, 8 and 9 had their reading and spelling levels tested. Our students complete these tests three times a year and they are always very keen to see how much their levels have improved.  This term’s most improved students were awarded today with their certificates of improvement.

Pictured for Reading improvement are – Nickodem Piasecki,  Alfie Summerfield,  Ben Puddicombe, Coral Sanderson


Students of the Week

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Students of the week this week: (not in order) Harry Clarke, Megan Bird, Lauren Bowden, Aaron Johnson, Vitaly Vaplaks, Kasey Dickson, Shannon Brown


Principal Certificates

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Bronze : Aidan Stapleton, Abigail Bridges, Amy Hoskin, Kiela Weaver-Snarey, Ethan Sanders, Emily Tucker, Oliver Lucas, Phoebe Staples, Livvy Tysall, Erin Pound, Gabrielle Jeneway, Danny Frankum, Dylan White, Ben German, Joshua Hawkings, Mia Warren, Umeiko Melodious, Kayla Potts, Thomas Johnson, Dara Kennedy, Adam Nelson, Harry Timblin, Lily-Grace Lee, Jasmine Armour, Kieran Towell, Ruby Pleass, Emily Griffiths, Alyssa West, Jade Taylor, Serena Milton, Holly Bastow, Adam Clark, Charlie Swiderski, Taylor Benefer, Lauren Bowden, Joshua Wilkey-Arnold, Harrison Lee, Emma Harrison, Imogen Winston, Lacee Borge, Joshua Hills, Harry Denby, Aaron Johnson, Shannon Banks, Rosie Barnes



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Silver : Owen Woodcock, James Scrimgeour, Aj Sims, Tilly Watson, Sophie Bastow, Elisha Perrow, Bradley Thomas, Teah Gaisford, Daniel Green, Rebecca Lovegrove, Clayton Gagg, Mya Green, Zoe Manley, Charlie Nunn, Lily Rogers, Megan Bird, Deanna Rowe, Noah Handford, Felix Houghton, Nathan Wells, Millie Partridge, Emily Mahoney-Billis, Jack Shirlow, Molly Palk



Gold : Riley Isaac, Evan Kinghorn,  Oriana McCaul, Karl McMahon, Taylor-Ann Floyd, Hollie Hand, William Bevan, Adam Pac, Chloe Dance, Joshua Furze, Tyler Silvester, Ocean Latto, Linda Aspbury


Governors Certificates

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Governor Bronze :  Jasper Dommett,  Elizabeth Cameron,  Phoebe Lown


House Stars of the Week

Year 7

Brunel – Zac Steele

Christie – Amy Hoskin

Darwin – Brooke Mortimore

Fawcett – Georgia Smith

Harrison – Sophie George

Kitson – Francis Breslan

Nearne – Richard Wynd

Pengelly – Maverick Milton


Year 8

Brunel – Mia Burton

Christie – Eliza Rumniece

Darwin –

Fawcett – George Nelson

Harrison – Jacob Mason

Kitson – Shannon Phillips

Nearne – Lydia Ladd

Pengelly –


Year 9

Brunel –

Christie – Katie Walker

Darwin – Leo Hill

Fawcett – Natalie Crawford

Harrison – Sonny Ronson

Kitson – Chloe Kingshott

Nearne – Summer Driscoll

Pengelly –


Building update

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The theatre is starting to look like a building as the first layer of the roof was completed and the wall system started to be constructed.