Exciting New Build Facilities Announced for our Academy

Even more world class facilities for TA students

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In addition to ensuring our students have access to the best teachers, I also like to think they enjoy unrivalled facilities.  This week we have taken a big step to improving them even further.  Starting in February half term we will be converting some classrooms into three additional science laboratories.  These are much needed labs as the subjects are offered as three separate sciences at GCSE and they are all popular A level choices.

We have also made a planning application for 300 seat theatre with 2 changing rooms and 2 PE classrooms attached to it.  It will be built behind the sports hall on the edge of our existing MUGA.

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We have also applied for an extension to the dining room.  Once the theatre is completed we will convert the existing assembly space to create 4 Maths classrooms, Art room, photography dark room and a music classroom.   We hope that work will start on these wonderful facilities this summer.

The architects are the same company who designed the main school building so it will be in keeping with the style and quality of the rest of the buildings.  I will keep you informed as things progress.



Blog 22.1.16 Jack Cumston Lexia

Congratulations to Jack Cumston (Year 8) who our first student this year to complete the Lexia Literacy Programme. Jack’s hard work has seen him work through the five levels of the programme completing tasks ranging from vowel sounds and prefixes to Latin and Greek vocabulary.



Year 11 to strong for Kingsbridge

The Year 11 football team are through to the quarter finals of the South Devon Cup with a 4-1 win over Kingsbridge. TA ​played some good football creating many chances. However we only scored 4 goals from Shaun Johannesson 2, Jon Bowden and Jack Rendle.

The Year 11 team travel to Queen Elizabeths in Crediton on Monday in the quarter finals of the Devon Cup. Stay tuned for an update on the result next week.


Years 7 & 8

Both Year 7 and 8 Football squads participated in Central Venue League tournaments at TBGS, against TBGS, Churston, St Cuthbert Mayne, Spires, Brixham and KEVICC.

Both Year 7 teams performed very well, with the ‘A’ team undefeated, aside from a narrow defeat to a very good TBGS side. The ‘B’ team won their group after winning all but one game (drawing the other) with Brandon Edwards in fantastic goal scoring form.

The Year 8 ‘A’ Team again were undefeated and demonstrated how far they have progressed both individually, and collectively. They beat TBGS in their opening game 2-1 but then lost to them by the same scoreline in their final fixture. Josh Haydock with 2 goals, and 2 assists was their player of the tournament, with goalkeeper Harvey Lee impressing too.   The ‘B’ team drew one and lost two of their games, but having not played together properly before the boys put up a good showing.   Well done to all involved.


Girls Football

Year 8 girl footballers had a good game against TGGS drawing 2-2. Player of the match was Scarlet Williams.

Year 7 girls football had an even better game winning 7 – 1 beating TGGS, They all played extremely well and conducted themselves fantastically well.

Also thank you to Morgan Harford and Louis Roberts.



Jack Cumston, has been fundraising for Rowcroft Hospice; he raised a fantastic £85.44.  The money Jack has raised will help Rowcroft  ensure their  patients and their families are given the best days possible.

I have also received a letter from them thanking us for our donation of  £135.67  from the recent Coffee Morning which is a great achievement.  To see how the support and fundraising helps, please watch their short film, “Love Life Every Day ”

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Year 8 Parents’ Evening


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Following on from the successful pathways evening, our Year 8’s had the opportunity to discuss their progress with their teacher and parents.  This is a crucial time for them as these discussions will play an important part in forming their option decisions.


 Students of the Week

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Students of the week for this week with me are, Georgia Davies, Kaysha Andringa, Maia Crook, Nicole Doris, Callum Widdicombe, Jack Medford, Belle Eales,Emily Haddon,.


Guitar Exam Success

Blog  22.1.16 Alex Corbett Guitar Success

This week the Creative Arts department have been celebrating the success of one of our Year 8 students, Alexander Corbett. Last year Alex was featured in the blog for achieving a Distinction in his Grade 2 Guitar exam which is an incredible accomplishment at his age. However, this year Alex has out-done himself when sitting his Grade 3 Guitar exam before Christmas.

Due to the fact that Alex had already set the bar so high for himself in his Grade 1 and 2 exams, there was always the worry that it would be incredibly difficult to achieve the same result, but after weeks of waiting we have finally found out that not only did Alex receive yet another Distinction, but he received a result of 98% – A result this outstanding is almost unheard of in instrumental grade exams.

The Creative Arts department are incredibly proud of what Alex has achieved and we think it’s fairly obvious that he actually deliberately dropped that 2% so that he had something to aim for when sitting his Grade 4 next year… We’re definitely looking forward to writing about when Alex achieves 99% on his next exam!