Easter Ski Trip, Hairspray & Torbay Festival of Arts

Easter Ski Trip to Austria

Video of practice runs

43 students and 6 members of staff are heading off today to Partenen in Austria. They are staying at the Hotel Zerres which is situated 3km from Gaschurn at the foot of the spectacular Silveretta pass.

Whilst in Austria, students and staff will enjoy skiing with the Austrian ski school.

In preparation for the trip students have been attending the Dry Ski Slope Centre at Barton (videos above) to prepare them for this new and exciting adventure.



Hairspray the Musical Photographs

Pictured: Pictures from the fantastic Hairspray Performances

Without further ado, all of the pictures from last week’s fantastic performances of Hairspray can now be seen above. I hope the wait hasn’t been too unbearable!

I would like to thank the staff and students again for making the production such a great success.



D of E Cookery Offer up a Three Course Dinner!


Pictured: Warren, Chelsea and Abbi Me and me as I tuck into the three course meal that they kindly prepared for me

The generosity of our students has been wonderful since my arrival in January. Students often bring me treats that they have made or artwork that they have produced.

This week I was invited to a three course meal that was kindly prepared by some of our D of E students.

It was really nice to spend some time with the students whilst enjoying their lovely food. It was especially appreciated as that night as I had a late governors’ meeting.



Pre Public Exam Results


Pictured: Some of our Year 11 students with their Pre Public Exam Results

Year 11 students completed a week of pre-public exams to help prepare them for their final GCSE exams in the summer.

Each student received their results and a pack which includes a question by question analysis of their performance to help them focus their revision. Revision packs for each subject were also included.

In the student section of the Academy Website there are links and videos to support revision. Students have been invited over Easter to come into school and take part in revision sessions. Saturday sessions will also be running next term to support students in their preparation for their summer exams.



We Say Ciao to one of our 6th Form International Students


Pictured: Head of 6th Form, Mr Harries, presenting Laura with a card and some TA souvenirs

Staff and fellow students said a sad farewell to international guest student, Laura Buioni, this week.

Laura came from Sardinia in Italy and has been studying in our 6th Form since January, with the aim of improving her English speaking skills.

Head of 6th Form, Mr Harries, said “Laura’s English has come on leaps and bounds since joining us. Her sense of humour and positive attitude will be missed. We wish her all the best for the future”.



Torbay Festival of Performing Arts


Pictured: Students at the Riviera International Centre earlier this week

Our school band played at the Torbay Festival of Performing Arts this week in, what has been described by the organisers as, ‘a vibrant and colourful showcase of talent in Torbay Schools’.

The school band, made up of students from years 8 – 11 performed two songs to an audience of school governors, parents and members of the public. Mrs Woodhead, who accompanied the students on the night said “The students were a credit to the school and performed brilliantly. We have some very talented singers and musicians at TA”.

Year 11 student, Jasmine Bradshaw, who is one of the singers in the band said “It was a privilege to represent the school. We all had a great time and were pleased with how we performed”.



6th Form Students Help to Restore a Sailing Boat – Provident

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Pictured: Students carrying out restoration work on the Provident and at Torquay Academy

6th Form students have been helping to restore an old sailing boat, called Provident, which is currently moored in Brixham harbour.

In partnership with Trinity Sailing School, students will continue their work on the vessel every Friday.

Students have been helping to restore the boat by stripping the wood of its old varnish. They will then help to preserve the wood by applying an oil treatment. Students have also been restoring the pulley blocks.

Trinity have been really pleased with the time and care that our students have given to the project so far and look forward to continuing the work with our students.



Stover Volunteering Presentation


Pictured: 6th Form Students receive their certificates for the volunteer work they have recently completed

Our 6th Form volunteers have also recently completed a course of volunteer work at Stover Country Park and were presented certificates in recognition of this by Mr Harries.

A representative of Stover Country Park said that our students have been a great and they would love to have more of our students in the future.



Magnolia Tree Gift from Miss Battye


Pictured: The planting of the Magnolia tree that former Principal, Miss Battye gifted to the school

Former Principal, Miss Battye, kindly gifted the school a lovely Magnolia tree which was planted in our Library Garden area this week.



6th Form Organise Year 7 Football Tournament


Pictured: Year 7 students enjoying the football tournament, organised by our 6th Form students

Four of our 6th Form students, as part of their BTEC Sport course, organised and ran a successful football tournament for our year 7 students last Friday afternoon.

Organised by Matt Mason, Jack Walker, Abbie Grose, Charlie Harris and with support from their fellow 6th Form students, the tournament ran without a hitch and the Year 7 students had a great time.



GCSE Physics


Pictured: Students testing their egg saving devices

In GCSE Physics students are currently studying how car safety features are designed to save the occupants from injury during collisions. The students used this knowledge to design devices that saved eggs when dropped over the balcony in school. The students described the tasks as egg-citing and smashing! Sorry…



Easter Cakes Kick Start the Easter Holidays


Pictured: Year 10 students and their Easter cakes

Year 10 students have kicked off the Easter holidays with some very festive Easter cakes (pictured).

I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and hope our students return after the break feeling refreshed and ready for the summer term.



Whole School Assembly

We once again finished the school term with a whole school assembly.

The theme of the assembly was marginal gains. The whole principle of marginal gains came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into doing something, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.



Sports Round Up

Year 7 & 8 Volleyball – Written by Aimee Cox 8CC


Pictured: Year 7 & 8 Volleyball Team meeting Zara Dumphrey

The Year 7 and 8 Volleyball team travelled to Exeter University to represent Torquay Academy in the Devon Winter School Games.

As we arrived, a magnificent gymnastic display was performed by a group of young, talented, ambitious gymnasts. The performance put everyone in a positive mood and our competitive side definitely began to show.

We and all of the other netball teams were fortunate enough to meet the very talented Zara Dumphrey before we played any of our fixtures. Zara represented Great Britain in Volleyball at the London Olympics in 2012 and was a big inspiration to everyone who met her.

During the matches, we were very hard working playing at 100% throughout the day, even when the result we wanted was not the one we got. We competed against 16 other schools and finished in 4th overall.

The team was: Ocea Jackson, Concordia Levinta, Gracie Clements, Aimee Cox and Macy Harvey. We would like to say a massive thank you to Miss Sizer for all of the hard work she has put in with us. We could not have done this without her!


Sixth Form Football

The Sixth Form football team played against my old school, Devonport High School this week and I am delighted to report a 4-2 win! Goals from Ethan Rooke, Ryan McGee, and Liam Artz sealed the win. Well done boys.


Pictured: The Sixth Form Football Team after their win.


Year 7 Football

The Year 7 Football Team are through to the final of the South Devon Cup after a 3 – 0 win against Torquay Boys’ Grammar School for Boys. They have also progressed to the semi-final of the County Cup where they will play Ivybridge after Easter.