Athletics, Art Club, Lawn Bowls, Cakes & Map Symbols

South Devon Athletics call up


Today we received the results through for the athletics South Devon trials.  We are delighted to have 6 athletes who have made the South Devon team for the Devon trials.  Mr Welsh will be taking them on Saturday 13th June to the Exeter Arena where they will compete for a place in the Devon squad.
The qualifiers are;

Ocea Jackson     High Jump

Jake Brady          200m

James Mcdowell  800m

Elyse Leech         200m / 100m

Keaton Doyle       Shot Put

Callum Morton     100m


Art Club

Art Club

Pictured: Kylie Hull and Bogi Varkonyi, who attend Monday lunchtime art club

Student at the lunchtime Art Club have been busy designing decorative cushions inspired by their drawings of cupcakes and flowers.  They have learnt how to make templates, how to tack, the art of applique and how to use a sewing machine.

The students are going to learn some hand embroidery next, to complete the decoration of their cushions. Mrs Lynch is really thrilled with their progress.


Rounders Round Up!

Rounders Team

Over the last few weeks the year 7 & 8 Rounders teams have been competing in various fixtures and attending training. It has been great to see so many girls keen to come down to the PE department after school and at lunch time to practice and improve their skills.  The teams have played against both Newton Abbot College and Paignton Community & Sports Academy and have played some fantastic Rounders and it is great to see their knowledge of the game improving.  The team’s first match was against Newton Abbot College. The Year 7s secured their first win by demonstrating some excellent fielding and great batting, beating Newton Abbot by 7 rounders. The Year 8 game was a lot closer and even though there were some excellent spells of fielding from Kasey Lyon, Kayleigh Perrow and Georgia Harvey, they unfortunately missed out on a win by 2 1/2 rounders.

The Years 7 & 8 were back playing last Wednesday against Paignton Community & Sports Academy. With the sun shining brightly and after a few extra coaching sessions, both teams looked confident on the pitch. The Year 8s managed to secure a good win following some excellent fielding from Georgia Harvey & Gracie Clements and some great batting from Gabby Baker.

The Year 7s continued their winning streak and demonstrated how well they were understanding the game. With some great communication from Paige Williams and superb fielding from Sam Gorlay the team led themselves to another successful win.

Both teams will be in action this week against St Cuthbert Mayne preparing themselves for the tournament next half term.

If anyone is interested in joining the Year 7 or 8 team please attend training on a Thursday after school 3.15pm – 4.15pm.


Lawn Bowls League

Bowls Bowls

The Torquay Academy  bowls league started the season with a double win over Torquay Boys’ Grammar School.

The A team, Captained by Dan Smith, won 5-4.

The B team, Captained by Robbie York won 13-2.

Each of our year 7 boys performed excellently, demonstrating real promise for the future.


Designing New Map Symbols

OS Map Symbols
Year 9 Geography pupils have been busy designing map symbols for ‘The One Show / Ordnance Survey Limited “On the Map” Design Competition’. Pupils were given the task of finding out what makes some symbols effective and some ineffective, then applying that understanding to the design of new symbols.  There are 10 new symbols required by Ordnance Survey and if we have a winner in our school their symbol would appear on millions of maps a year.


Primary Schools Visit

Primary Visit

Watcombe Primary School and Torre Primary School visited Torquay Academy this week to work with our Sports Leaders.  Our boys are girls expertly led students through different sessions; I was very impressed with how well they coached the Year 6 students.


Sixth Form (Year 12) Vocational students celebrate their double success in style!

Cakes Cakes

Our Year 12 Vocational students enjoyed celebrating not one but two achievements this week and they have done it in style. They have achieved the Jamie Oliver Cookery Award (taught by Mrs Spiller) and they have all successfully completed their year of Extended Work Experience. To mark the occasion and to thank their employers for offering such valuable work-based experience the students not only made some fabulous cakes to take to their placement on their last day, but also personalised their gifts by making the cake boxes! The employers also received a personalised thank you card and a framed certificate from Torquay Academy in recognition of their being an Extended Work Placement provider.

It has been a joy to watch these students develop valuable, work-based skills and knowledge which has equipped them to progress their learning to level 3 vocational courses or apprenticeship schemes. We are very proud of their achievements and wish them every success in their chosen careers.