Celebrations galore & getting ready for Summer Fest ’17


Year 10 Celebration Evening

The Year 10 annual awards evening was held this week. This was a lovely opportunity to praise and award students who show dedication, commitment and great attitude to learning. Many different awards were presented including subject awards, effort awards and form superstars awards. Over 60 students and parents were invited to celebrate this successful evening and were able to enjoy some fantastic performances from some of our Year 10 music students. A really positive evening was had by all and all students who attended should be very proud of themselves.


TA Summer Fest


The Summer music festival this year will be taking place on Thursday 13th July. The sixth form music students have been busy planning the event which is now only a week away. As well as a full lineup of music on the outdoor stage there will be a variety of stalls and activities for everyone to enjoy.

There will be a mufti day which will be on Monday 10th July and we ask that all students bring in food, soft and fizzy drinks (cans and small bottles), sweets, and prizes for the raffle. These will make up the sweet and food stalls, and the prizes will be used for the raffle. No money will be necessary. During tutor time Sixth Formers will be collecting the products listed above.

This year we have aspired to make the festival bigger and better, more stalls, more activities and greater music! The festival will start at 2pm for students and 3pm for parents. For the festival students and parents will need a wristband. Wristbands will be available to collect from the Music Department for students and wristbands for people coming in from outside of school will be available to get from the festival entrance.



Mr Dumbell Shares Words of Wisdom

7.7.17 Mr Dumbell Music Fest

Our Year 12 Music students were lucky enough to have a visit from Mr Dumbell this week so that he could share many words of wisdom regarding the health and safety for our upcoming Music festival.

As part of their music course, our Year 12s are required to plan and deliver a real-life music festival which has become known as “TA Summer Fest” and as part of this festival the students are responsible for all aspects of planning, including health and safety.

Mr Dumbell was kind enough to give up some of his free time this week to come down to the music department and give an inspiring speech which has motivated the students and has left them extremely excited to see their festival take place in a safe and orderly fashion!

The Year 12 Music students would all like to thank Mr Dumbell for all his encouragement and positivity, as well as everything he has done to help them prepare for what should be an extremely successful (and safe!) event.



Year 9 Art at Torre Abbey

7.7.17 Y9 Art

Year 9 GCSE Photography students have been invited to take part in a prestigious art exhibition at Torre Abbey.  The show is called ‘Face 2 Face’ and runs from the 8th of July until the 3rd of September.  The students will show work along side other primary and secondary schools from The Bay, as well as well known contemporary artists such as Sarah Lucus, Marc Quinn and Mark Wallinger.  See the website for further details http://www.torre-abbey.org.uk/
Mrs Lynch was really impressed with the work the Year 9 students have achieved, the students have been experimenting with double exposures, blending their portraits work and photographs of Torre Abbey itself. ​


Oxford University? Why Not!

7.7.17 Oxford Uni Talk

On Monday, Dr Jo Begbie, from Oxford University, delivered an inspirational talk to some of our students about Oxford University.    Earlier this year, Vernon Moore was offered a place to study Maths on the Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University.  He really impressed both the tutors and staff there and it was a pleasure to welcome his tutor into the Sixth Form to present to some of our students about the opportunities available to them regarding the LMH course.


Teach Meet Torbay

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On Tuesday, we worked with The Spires College to hold TeachMeet Torbay, attended by almost 100 teachers, Senior Leaders and other educational professionals from over 20 schools, to share ideas about Teaching and Learning. It was a highly valuable occasion and have been told by many that they left feeling really inspired to go back to their schools and put these ideas into practice.


Sports Roundup

Sports Honour to Elyse Leech

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Congratulations to Elyse Leech who won an award at the Devon Sports Awards last Friday evening. The award was for the Best Performance in the Community Sports Award, she can be seen here enjoying her evening in the company of Olympic Rower James Cracknell and Chef Michael Caines. We also wish her all the very best of luck for the English National Schools Championships which will be held in Birmingham this weekend.


Sports Celebration Evening

On Wednesday 28th June, the PE department paid homage to all those sporting heroes who have made a real impact, difference and contribution to Sport and PE over the last year.  Attended by over 60 nominees from all Year groups and almost 200 family and friends, our sixth annual awards ceremony did not disappoint. This year the evening was presented by Torquay Academy’s version of Ant and Dec, Jack Bell and Kieran Bailey, themselves winners in previous years, who wowed the audience with their confident, organised and humorous approach. We were also treated to two stunning Year 7 performances from Paige Summerhayes, who performed a difficult bench routine, and Nathan Wells and Ethan Hewett, who performed a synchronized Tae-kwondo pattern and then followed up with a sparring joust. Both were greatly received by the audience. Many heartfelt thanks from the PE department to performers, presenters, nominees and winners, as without you, we would not be able to produce such a great evening.


Attitude to PE – Graham Mitchell
Young Leader – Kasey Dickson
Individual Performance – Taz Turner
Contribution to Sport – Poppy Bell
KS3 Female – Emma Harrison
KS3 Male – Matt Leighton
KS4 Female – Ollie Mellitt
KS4 Male – Olaf Koszela
KS5 – Charlie Mares
Team of the Year – Year 10 Football Team


Visit of Great Britain Athlete

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On Wednesday of this week Serita Shone a Great Britain Heptathlete and Great Britain Bobsleigh competitor visited the school as part of the Sky Sports for Living in Sport Project and spent the afternoon with 18 of our outstanding young leaders. Serita shared her very eventful rise to the top of her sport with the students and talked about the 6 ingredients needed to be successful in sport, at the end of the project the students designed and produced some excellent posters based on the theme of success. An all round excellent afternoon in which the students learnt a lot and impressed Serita with their engagement and enthusiasm. Well done to our leaders.


Kacy Wins Medals in Mixed Martial Arts

7.7.17 Kacy Martial Arts

On Saturday 1st July, Kacy Fairhurst in Year 7 attended  a mixed martial arts competition at Derriford Health & Wellbeing Centre in Plymouth. Kacy came away with a silver medal for her patterns and a bronze medal for her sparring. Kacy did brilliantly and represented her school and Taekwondo club like a star. Kacy showed great sportsmanship and integrity. Well done Kacy!



Principal’s Certificates


Principal Bronze (not in order): Joe Pike, Demi Lindsay, Cory Badger, Skye Milton-Jones, Rosie-May Vaughan, George Hannaway, Alexis Fairhurst, James Vooght, Zak Treleaven, Amelia Pottinger, Kieron Hill, Chloe Winterflood, Harry Mabbutt



Principal Silver (from left): Ryan Johns-Kouadio, Sam Robinson, Gareth Howells, Cameron Smith, Beau Giles, Reece Crichton, Charlie Clarke, Joshua Hills




Principal Gold (from left): Annie Mills, Macie Simmonds, Mateusz Baczynski, Jack Manley 


Governors’ Certificates

07.07.2017-GOV BRONZE


Governors’ Bronze: Alfie Sams


07.07.2017-GOV SILVER


Governors’ Silver: Charlie Moore, Morgan Tout 



Students of the Week


From left: Billy Gelo – Yr 10, Thomas Huitema – Yr 9, Molly Palk – Yr 8, Graham Mitchell – Yr 7