County Cup Finals, Velodrome, Ten Tors & Photos

Getting ready for photoshoot


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On Friday students in years 11 & 7 had their year group photographs taken.  As you can see,  a lot goes on behind the scenes to put the staging in place.  Students waited patiently until they were called to take their places for the official photos to be taken.

Year 11 Trip to Bristol

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Last Friday was not a day off for 56 Year 11 students, who made their way up to Bristol for a revision conference hosted by PiXL, the biggest partnership of schools in England and Wales. They joined over 1000 students at The Colston Hall, to work for over 3 hours on a variety of key topics for the new 9-1 GCSE in Mathematics. Topics covered included Algebra arguments, Percentage Essentials, using y=mx+c. The students focused well and all came back with a revision pack. Another important message they left with was the importance of gaining every mark possible in their forthcoming exams.

A big thank you to Miss Foster, Mrs Nock, Mr Hedden, Mr Gratton and trip organiser Mr Thatcher for giving up their time to take the students on this trip.


Animal Therapy

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Over the last few weeks Mrs Tanner has been working with her nurture group outside of the classroom and using Animal Therapy to help develop the students communication and social skills. The students all completed a questionnaire and answered specific questions about how they felt they worked with others, how they spoke to one another.  Through their team work of caring for the school pets, we would monitor any changes and see if the boys begin to interact differently with one another.

The students in the nurture group have been taking it in turns going into either the rabbit and guinea pigs pen or the chickens and ducks pen. They have been asking our site staff questions about the animals and working together grooming the rabbit (Darth Vader) and feeding them.

The students have been working with others that they wouldn’t necessarily work with or talk to in class. They have been asking each other questions about their own pets, learning more about each other and also seeing other skills that they may not necessarily see in the classroom.

The hope is that through being in this calm and quiet environment the boys are taking turns with the animal care, listening to one another, developing their conversation skills and developing their curious minds further.

This is then linked to literacy as they write up each session stating what has been done and also what they would like to do next time . This will then link onto a project in Cycle 4 as Year 7s will be studying ‘The Natural World’. It has been very successful so far and Mrs Tanner was delighted to see students working together who in the class don’t tend to mix; this is what real life is all about and young people need to learn to interact with others beyond their own comfortable friendship groups.


Sports Reps Lead Sherwell Valley Inter-House Competitions

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, Year 7 Sports Reps (with support of Sixth Form House Captains) ran inter-house Rounders (Years 5/6) and Cricket (Years 3/4) matches at both TA and Sherwell Valley. This is the start of a 6 week ongoing competition between the houses and the children seemed to really enjoy themselves, with plenty of inter-house friendly rivalry! It is also such good experience for our own Sports Reps who gain House points of their own for assisting as well as building the Sports Leadership skill-set. The Year 7 Reps this week were excellent, and next week a number of Year 8s will be working with Mr Jones to deliver the next round of fixtures.


Velodrome Trip

Last Wednesday the Year 7s and 8s competed in the House cycling competition at the Velodrome, Newport Wales.

Qualifying for this event started last year with year group races being held at Haldon Forest. The students with the best times got to compete at the velodrome venue.  The session started with a training hour by the velodrome instructors. Students learned how to ride on the racing bikes, that come without brakes, on a 42 degree angled track. The session ended with the official house race consisting of 2 timed laps which is 500m.
Congratulations to all students who qualified and especially to our medal winners.

Year 7 Boys:
Gold – Luke Howard
Silver – Ben Arscott
Bronze – Daryl Fortune

Year 7 Girls:
Gold – Kiera Connelly
Silver – Tia Alcock Burness
Bronze – Cora Taylor

Year 8 Boys:
Gold – Mark Routledge
Silver – Archie Bindon
Bronze – Tom Norman

Year 8 Girls:
Gold – Izzy Minty
Silver – Millie Ashby Rose
Bronze – Cheyanne Churchward



Sports Roundup

Year 8 Football County Cup Final

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On Wednesday, the Year 8 Football team competed in the Devon Cup Final against TBGS at Newton Abbot Spurs FC, in front of a healthy crowd.

Despite a strong opening to the game, TA struggled to find their usual rhythm in the first half, with nerves of the occasion clearly gripping a few. We did not keep possession particularly well and found ourselves chasing the ball for spells. However, goal scoring opportunities were at a premium for both sides, with TA only having a couple of chances from set pieces, and TBGS being thwarted by Harry Lee on one occasion. It was TBGS who found the breakthrough though, TA were unable to clear their lines effectively and the ball was calmly placed into the net from close range.

The second half was a different story. After some stern words, and a shape reshuffle we took control of the second half. TA players all over the pitch shook their nerves and attempted to sieze the moment. There was much more of the usual intensity and quality to our game, and we started to dominate the midfield, but we came up against a very resolute TBGS defence. Reece Shaw struck an excellent free kick which was well saved and Ryan Wilson had a gilt-edged opportunity to snatch an equaliser late on, but it was not to be. As we threw bodies forward to find the elusive goal our second half performance merited, we were hit on the counter attack in injury time. Despite having pulled off a couple of further saves, this time Harry Lee could not stop TBGS killing the game off with the last kick of the game.

We play the same team on Monday, at Plainmoor in the South Devon Cup in another game that promises to be a tight affair, where revenge will be on the menu!
Man of the Match – Harry Lee. Not for the first time this year, his handling in goal was impeccable, kicking faultless and shot stopping, first class.


Year 10 Football County Cup Final – Year 10 Crowned Devon Champions Again

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On Wednesday the Year 10 football team took on Devonport High School for Boys at The Rec in Newton Abbot.

TA started brightly and were on the front foot from the start applying a considerable amount of pressure on the Devonport goal. The pressure eventually took its toll on the Devonport defence when captain Cole Harford latched on to a bouncing through ball to head home from 12 yards before the Devonport keeper could get his hands on the ball. The score line stayed like this until half time. The second half panned out just like the first with TA dominating the game and doubled their lead when Ollie Mason converted a penalty. TA then went 3-0 up when striker Olaf Koszella broke through the Devonport defence and fired the ball past the keeper into the corner of the net. The scoring was complete when year 9 student Bartosz Demkowski latched onto a loose ball in the six yard box and smashed the ball into the roof of the net.  This is the second year in a row this team has one this competition which is an unbelievable achievement!


Sixth Form Football County Cup Champions

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On Thursday of this week the Sixth Form had their U18 County Cup Final game at Newton Abbot Spurs recreation ground in an attempt to win the cup for a third consecutive year.

The match started off as a fairly contested affair with both teams showing their desire to come out on top. However in the 9th minute of the first half Stevie converted with a lovely lob over the South Dartmoor keeper and into the back of the net to give us a 1-0 lead. As the game progressed we began to really show the true style of play we are used to within our academy and started to pass the ball around nicely and without doubt attaining the majority of possession. 19 minutes in Joe Constantinou a year 11 student scored his first of the match with a long range effort which bounced awkwardly for the keeper and nestled into the bottom right hand corner to make it 2-0. At this point we were certainly looking like the favourites to take the win through the very attractive football we were playing and the strong defence which was proving almost impossible for South Dartmoor to break through. This was confirmed in the 29th minute when Joe Constantinou scored his 2nd of the game with a brilliant glancing header again in the bottom right corner of the net. As the first half ended and the second begun we looked more and more comfortable to go on and win the game. Mid way through the second half Stevie went down in the box from a last man foul which resulted in a penalty for TA and a red card for the South Dartmoor captain. Connor Stewart stepped up to take the pen and converted the second time after being asked to retake due to the keeper moving off of his line. At 4-0 we definitely looked the better side and despite a consolation goal from South Dartmoor late on the game we remained composed and saw out the rest of the game to claim the win as well as retain the County Cup trophy for a third year running. Great performance from the lads and a massive well done to everyone involved!

Ten Tors

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The 35 and 45 mile Ten Tors teams got ready on Friday to set off for the weekend on Dartmoor.  Students and staff have spent many weekends out training for this event which tests endurance and working together as a team.   They are;

35 mile team

Sam Shewell Team leader
James McDowall Navigator
Marley Keylock
Vinni Redmond
Callum Sutton
Harry Worth

45 mile team

Leon Hayes Team Leader
Eloise Jackson Navigator
Brandon Bridge
Oli Cawood
Leon Remment
Ben Tolman

You can follow them on the Ten Tors website from 10:00am onwards on Saturday morning by visiting;   We wish them all the best of luck and hope the weather is good!


Principal Certificates

5.5.17 Principal Bronze

Principal Bronze : Seth Bastow, Mackenzie Pratt, Lyla Haggan, Rebecca Vinson, Mya Langley, Will Flood, Judith Blackmore, Grace Hallett, Oliver Cartwright-Lomax, Megan Swift, Harrison Beer, Poppy Bell, Vinny Patterson, Harrison Beer                                                   


5.5.17 Principal Silver

Principal Silver: Jessica Mitchell, Sean Andrews, Izabelle Pollard, Molly Rose, Annie Mills, Troy Sedden; with Mr Gale and Mr Chadwick looking like bookends.


5.5.17 Principal Gold

Principal Gold: Azize Isulfi


Students of the Week

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Students of the week this week with Mrs Powell, Mr Jones and me are: Elizabeth Cook, Josh Hurrell, Bartosz Demkowski, Tallulah Robson