Bikes, Badminton, Swimming, Primary School & Breakfast

Year 10 Parents’ Evening

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Pictured: Our Sixth Form students waiting to greet parents at last night’s Parents’ Evening

This week Year 10 students and their parents were invited in to discuss students’ progress and set future targets during Parents’ Evening. It was our first evening that we have used an on-line booking system for parents.

The evening was very well attended and we received some very pleasing comments from parents on the night including:

Parent – “Thank you for your continued dedication to developing my daughter’s knowledge and skills”.

Parent – “I think the school has improved Dan’s life in a lot of ways. I’m very happy with how the school handles any situations and it’s good to see all of the teachers wanting nothing but him to try and to do his best. Thank you.”

It was great to see so many dedicated parents in school. Thank you for your continued support and also to the Sixth Form students who were on hand to help parents for the duration of the evening.


Breakfast Club Provides PPE Exam Boost

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Pictured: Year 11 students revising for their Maths PPE exam this morning during breakfast club

Year 11 students were taking advantage of the FREE breakfast club this morning as they prepare for their Pre Public Exams (PPE).

Our free breakfast club is very popular with our students every day of the week. It gives them a chance to fill up on a healthy breakfast with their friends and teachers, whilst providing the perfect opportunity to complete homework, read a book or like Vaz and Lewis (pictured) carry out some last minute exam revision.

Vaz who arrived this morning at 7.15am, said “Breakfast Club gives us a chance to get a good breakfast, giving us energy for the day as well as giving us more time to revise and prepare for our PPE’s.”

Lewis added “Extra revision sessions like period 6 and breakfast club makes me feel more confident that I will achieve higher grades”.

Please feel free to take advantage of our Breakfast Club, starting at 7.30 each day.


Shiphay Learning Academy Visit Science Labs

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Pictured: Students conducting their experiments earlier today

Shiphay Learning Academy students visited our Science Labs to take part in a practical sessions with Mrs Hammond and Mr Gale.

Students learnt how to conduct an experiment in a safe and controlled way, including how to use a Bunsen burner. With the help of Mrs Hammond, students conducted an experiment where, observed chemical reactions when mixing and heating chemicals together.

The students were a credit to Shiphay Learning Academy and left school as budding scientists!


We Have Raised Funds for the Following Organisations:

Through our continued fund raising efforts the school has this week received thank you letters from the following charities for our support so far this year:

UNICEF £108.52
Poppy Appeal £74.61
Children in Need £128.61

Our students feel strongly about supporting charities and is one of the main focusses of our Student Voice. We will keep you posted on further charitable events and thank you for your donations as parents and visitors to the school.


Year 7 Gain Road Confidence with Bikeabilty Level 2 Training

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Pictured: Students keen to learn during their Bikeability training this week

A group of Year 7 students began their Bikeability training this week, the first of two sessions in order to gain their Level 2 award.

Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the young people the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.

Once the students have completed their training, which included tips on bike safety and maintenance the students will be able to:

  • Start and finish a journey by road, including passing parked or slower moving vehicles and side roads
  • Make a u-turn
  • Identify and react to hazards in the road
  • Signal their intentions to other road users when someone needs to know what they’re doing
  • Understand where to ride on the road
  • Use junctions, including turning left and right into major and minor roads
  • Decide whether a cycle lane will help your journey
  • Use the Highway Code, particularly when it comes to understanding road signs

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Pictured: Following the instructor on schools grounds before heading out onto the roads in the local area

Year 7 student, Hannah Wood, has her own bike and enjoys riding it at the weekends and during school holidays. She said “I look forward to learning new skills to gain confidence on the roads.”


Year 11 Football Team Progress to Devon Cup Final

Pictured: Our Year 11 Boys during last night’s match

Our Year 11 boys put on an impressive performance last night, beating Kingsbridge Community College 7-0.

The boys took control early on and continued to dominate the game until the end, securing their place in the final of the South Devon Cup.

Well done boys. Bring on the final!


Elyse Wins 200m with yet another Personal Best!

Video: Elyse running in Birmingham, winning the 200m sprint

Year 10 Student Elyse Leech has added to her sprinting success with another win and two new personal bests at the Midlands Counties Open last week, in Birmingham.

Elyse competed in the U17’s 200m sprint (see video) gaining a new indoor PB of 26.89 seconds as well as a new PB of 8.43 seconds in the 60m sprint event.

Elyse said “I wasn’t nervous because this was an open event and there was less pressure to win titles although everyone is still very competitive. I’m really happy I was able to get two new PB’s.

Elyse has another event coming up in March. I look forward to hearing about her continued success and will of course keep you updated.

To see Elyse’s rankings and previous success’ click below to view her athlete profile on the power of 10 website.


Badminton Boys Fly TA Colours at Regional Badminton Tournament

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Pictured: Our badminton boys before the tournament

Eight of our most talented badminton players travelled to Oakhampton just before half term to compete in the regional round of the Centre Parcs Badminton tournament.

As expected it was a tough day, playing against the top 8 schools in Devon. However the boys certainly did themselves and the school proud, never giving up and playing some excellent games.

To be classed as one of the top schools in Devon for Badminton is a great achievement. Well done and congratulations to all the boys involved (Alfie Edwards, Kieran Bailey, Jack Bell, Cameron Knowles, George Fenn, Joe Belsten, Aston Sou, Elliot MacArthur )


Tiffany Doran Wins Oddicombe Beach Swim

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Pictured: Year 8 student, Tiffany Doran, with her swimming trophy

Year 8 student, Tiffany Doran, brought in her trophy this week for winning the Oddicombe Beach Swim in the girl’s category.

Tiffany is a keen swimmer and completed two lengths of Oddicombe beach finishing 1st in the girl’s category.

She said “It was freezing but I stuck to it and was pleased to win. Last year, I was only able to dip my toes in the water because it was so cold, so I am proud to complete the swim this time. My mum cheering me on made me want to finish the race even more.”

Well done Tiffany!


FREE Community Football Opportunity with PCSO Rushworth, Torquay United and Devon and Cornwall Police

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Pictured: PCSO Martin Rushworth with some keen footballers during one of his community football sessions

PCSO Martin Rushworth has been running a Community Football session after school on our 3G pitch. The FREE session is open to all young people, boys and girls aged 11+ who live in the local community and is aimed at promoting exercise, new friendships and helps to keep young people from becoming disengaged after school.

Mr Rushworth, a FA Level 1 qualified Football coach has gained support from senior coaches At Torquay Utd as well as the Devon and Cornwall police, who attend the sessions and offer their wealth of experience.

Mr Rushworth said “The session is all about fun, socialising and keeping fit. The support from Torquay Utd and Devon and Cornwall Police has added some great experienced coaches to the sessions, making them even more beneficial to the young people. With the involvement of TUFC, there is even free tickets to some home games on offer, which is a real treat!”

If you are interested in joining the fun, feel free to turn up on the day, or for more information you can contact PCSO Rushworth by emailing or by contacting the school.

Due to its popularity, the session has now moved to Monday night’s (4.00-5.30pm) to allow more space to be used and to extend the session by 30 minutes.