Elections, Ten Tors, Weather Watching & Athletics

Election Special

Over the past month at Torquay Academy we have been running our own election campaign. It all started three weeks ago when we had an assembly on the General Election, the main political parties and our mock election, and concluded in Torquay Academy going to the polls on Thursday 7th May.

Year 10 students were encouraged to volunteer to represent our four political parties: Vision, Tomorrow, Transform and Progress. The students worked hard during lunch times to create a party manifesto based on real issues facing the UK in 2015. Once policies were in place the parties made campaign posters and videos to canvas their fellow students before delivering their speeches in assemblies last week.  While our political parties were busy producing material to try and gain votes, our polling team encouraged students to register to vote, compiled the electoral register and distributed polling cards.  The turn out to vote was amazing and our polling team did well to keep up with the demand!

The winning Party with a clear majority was Tomorrow.

Miss Cape said ‘I would just like to say a huge well done to all of the students who got involved. I think that as an Academy we learnt a lot about the election process and the importance of registering to vote!’


Ten Tors

35 Mile TeamPictured: 35-mile team

45 Mile TeamPictured: 45-mile team

Last weekend saw the success of our 35-mile and 45-mile teams at the annual Ten Tors Challenge.  The Ten Tors Challenge involves teams of 6 people walking and navigating 35, 45, or 55 miles across the arduous terrain and conditions of Dartmoor over two days and carrying all equipment to be self-sufficient. This year was the 55th event which started in traditional style  – rain!

Our teams had been training for the event since January during their weekends.  They had learned and practiced skills such as teamwork, leadership, map work and navigation as well as improving their fitness and resilience to cope with the demands of the Dartmoor terrain.  Both teams were very successful in completing the event as complete teams – a first for Torquay Academy!

A massive congratulations goes to Elosie Jackson, Jack Nadin, Amy Taylor, Holly Crawford, Jack Cross and Preston Ball (35-mile team), Joe Hill, Louis Ruegg, Brandon Cope, Cohen Hale, Ryan Duffen and Jamie Pratt (45-mile team).  Anyone interested in taking part in the event next year should pass their names onto Mr Toorneini or Mr Brett.


South Devon Athletics Trials

The South Devon trials were held at Torre Valley North on Tuesday. TA has 8 representatives who qualified to compete.  Team Captain Elyse Leech won both her 100 and 200m events. Elyse has qualified to represent Devon automatically as she has competed in National Events this season.

I would also like to congratulate James Mcdowell (800m), Liam Gumbley (shot), Keaton Doyle (shot), Ocea Jackson Graves (high jump), Jacob Brady (200m) who are all potential qualifiers for the Devon Championships at Exeter Arena on Saturday 13th June.


Sir David Carter’s visit

Carter Tweet

Carter Tweet
We were honoured to welcome Sir David Carter, the Regional Schools Commissioner.  I gave him a tour of the school where he met with staff and students.  He also spent time looking at students’ books.  He tweeted about his visit upon his return.


Bowls Team



(Top left-right) Adam Taylor, Robbie York, Dan Smith
(Bottom left-right) Alfie Lapin, Macauley Day, Hayden Rowe, Mr Welsh, Harvey Lee, Tom Brown, Ben Goss

TA’s lawn bowls team had their first session on Tuesday where they showed excellent potential. The Upton Bowls Club members were extremely impressed with their attitude and ability during the session in preparation for next week’s match.

Congratulations to Robbie York who this week has been selected to represent Devon alongside Dan Smith for the upcoming season.


Weather Watching

Opening Minds students have been enjoying the sunshine and the clouds. By identifying cloud types it is possible to work out what the weather is likely to do in the near future. All Opening Minds classes took advantage of this week’s good weather to go out with identification charts and write descriptions of the clouds and explain what the weather would probably do in the next 24 hours.  So if you see a Year 7 student looking skyward it may be that they are trying to forecast the weather.