A Week of Full on Sports Action & an Exciting Live Music Gig


Elyse is ranked number 1 in the South West

Elyse Leech completed in the South of England Indoor Championships held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London last weekend.  She set a new club record for Torbay Athletics Club when she ran 60m in 8.20 seconds.  She made it to the semi-finals in both the 60m and 200m and is now ranked the number 1 athlete in her age group in the south west of England.  Congratulations, Elyse, a fantastic achievement.


House Competitions

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Torquay Academy’s programme of house competitions got off to a fantastic start this week. 67 students form Years 7 and 8 participated in a cycling time trial on the school grounds over 2 days. The results will be collated and announced next week. The students with the best times from each Year group will qualify for the next round at Haldon Forest. From the forest race the top 4 boys and girls from each year will win a place at the grand final at the velodrome in Newport, Wales. Well done to everyone who participated. Every student who competes automatically achieves 10 points for their houses!

The football and netball qualifying tournaments were fiercely competed with tremendous spirit from all participants.


For the boys, the 8 houses were slit into 2 groups. The top 2 from both groups will play in a cup competition in April. The bottom 2 from each group will play in a plate competition on the same day.

The plate and the cup competition will both be held at Torquay United’s ground at Plainmoor.  Well done to Ryan Willson from Harrison house for being top scorer with 6 goals!

The top 4 from the qualifiers who will play in the cup competition are Harrison, Kitson, Fawcett and Brunel.  The houses qualifying from the plate competition are Nearne, Pengelly, Christie and Darwin

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The girls netball was played to a finish. Darwin were outstanding with 5 wins out of 5 without conceding once. Congratulations all the girls who attended the tournament, you have achieved 10 house points each. Well done to Darwin, Year 7 girls champions, earning an additional 60 points!!

A special thanks to the sports leaders for helping to run both events. They have all received 10 house points each for their contribution. Maia Crook, Cody Marker, Ocea Jackson Graves, Abbie Powell, Abbie Sykes, Eloise Jackson, Alfie Edwards, Jack Bell, Ben Tolman, Zac Chalmers Wood, Jack Rendle, Keiran Bailey, Jake Brimley, Cameron Knowles, George Fenn, Emily Green, Elly Croft.​

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Year 7 Girls Flourish at Football Tournament

On Monday afternoon the Year 7 girls’ football team travelled over to Paignton Sports Academy where they took part in the Year 7 Central Venue 7 a-side competition.

Although the girls have been training on a Monday after school this was the first competitive matches they played this term. The girls were against tough competition including teams from Paignton, St Cuthbert Mayne, Teign, Newton Abbot and Coombeshead.

In the first game the girls were quite nervous and a bit shy in getting stuck in which lead to an early goal from Paignton but once confidence picked up, a great pass from Mia Burns found Amelia Baker in front of the goal which she managed to score which raised the girls spirits and increased the intensity at which they were playing.

The girls continued to work hard and were rewarded with another goal which meant their first game was a 2-1 win against Paignton.

This was a sign of things to come as the girls continued match after match to battle hard, with strong defence from Sianna Godard and Molly Stimpson the opposition struggled to get the ball near TAs goal keeper. With great pressure from Poppy Lawler and fantastic passing, team work and goal scoring from Mia Burns and Amelia Baker the girls went from strength to strength winning all the games in the tournament and ending up overall winners. The girls will now progress onto the next stages of the competition. Well done, girls.


Football Flying High at TA

Year 11

Year 11 progressed through to the quarter finals of the Devon Cup after a comfortable 5-0 win against Pilton. The goals came from Callum Morton, Jack Rendle, Luke Lewis and two year 10 players, Joe Constantinou and Joe Belston.


First 11

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On Wednesday the First 11 took on Teignmouth in the quarter finals of the Devon Cup. TA proved to be far to strong for Teignmouth from the start and ran out 8-2 winners. Goals coming from Owen Stockton (4), Morgan Harford (3) and Joe Musker. TA will now play Plymstock in the next few weeks in the semi-final.  Good luck!


Second 11

The second 11 took on Torquay Boys’ Grammar School A team in the Wednesday League. TA started slowly and were soon 1-0 down. However the team rallied and battled hard for the next 70 mins and showed real character and determination and finished 2-1 winners with goals from Alex Constantinou and Konnor Styles.


Nathan Hebbes

Nathan Hebbes training with TUFC

Nathan took advantage of our recent link up with Torquay United and was invited to train with them on Thursday morning. Nathan did extremely well and was not overwhelmed by the occasion.  The feedback received from both Kevin Nicholson (TUFC player/manager) and Robbie Herrera (assistant manager) was very positive.  Well done, Nathan, on rising to this wonderful challenge and opportunity.


Year 9 Devon Cup

On Thursday Year 9 took on Stoke Damerel School (Plymouth) in the second round of the Devon Cup. The game started at a frantic pace with both teams attacking one an others goal. The game turned out to be extremely competitive with tackles flying in everywhere. TA took the lead just before halftime with a goal from Olaf Koszella. Mr Grinsill had a stern word with the team at half time and told them not too get involved with things that were going on and to concentrate on playing football. With these words ringing in the their ears, the team went out and put on a superb second half performance totally dominating and ran out 4-0 winners with further goals from Olaf Koszella, Ollie Mason and Cole Harford. TA now face the winners of Ivybridge and Eggbuckland in the quarter finals.



Year 12 BTEC Music Performance Gig – Live at Molloy’s, Torquay

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On Thursday evening, our Year 12 BTEC Music Performance group put on their own BTEC performance assessment. As part of their performance course, the students are required to prepare and perform a set of six songs as a band to an audience. Since September the students have been working as a group to choose their set list and rehearse it non-stop, both by themselves and also in front of a variety of “practise audiences” to ensure they were fully prepared to reveal their work to an actual live audience.

A typical BTEC Music Performance assessment in an ordinary school would take the form of the students performing their set list to a class of students or perhaps as part of an after-school concert to parents, but the Creative Arts Department at Torquay Academy are never satisfied with just “ordinary”. They decided that as the students are on a “performance” course, then we should go beyond the ordinary and offer them the opportunity to do their assessment as part of a real live gig at a real music venue in front of an audience made up of family, friends, and members of the public.

The band performed under the name “Note to Self” and was made up of Tom Neale, George Full, Harvey Comer, Chelsea Peter and were fronted by Dan Williams. Not only was the gig a huge success, but they managed to fill the entire venue and had the audience so excited that they even went back on to perform a second set due to the overwhelming response to their initial performance.

We are immensely proud of what our Year 12 students achieved and we know that all five of them will look back on this evening as the “starting point” in their undoubtedly successful futures in music.



Last year our Year 7 & 8 pupils took part in a Readathon, raising a fantastic total of £194.95 for a number of childrens’ charities. I would like to thank all those who took part and I look forward to an even bigger Readathon later in the year.


Star Readers

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Our Star Readers of the fortnight are in no order (three students were absent): Nikita Dolling, Zak Treleaven, Daisy Poole-Compton, Olivia Giddy, Abby Shannon, Ami Gallagher, Jayd’n Cooper, Alex Garbett, and Hayden Rowe, Izzy Minty.

A special mention to Lizzie Harris who has become the first pupil to achieve 50 stars in her reading record, an excellent effort.


Students of the Week

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Students of the week pictured with myself are:  Alexander Corbett, Grace Prew, Thomas Stuikys and Kieran Parker