Mountain Biking, Dancing, Designing & Cricket

Mountain Biking Championship

Year 12 student Natasha Bradley has won the BUFF® 4X ProTour mountain biking event in Fort William, Scotland.  This is a fantastic achievement and we are all extremely proud of her.  Well done Natasha !!
Please click on the link below for further details


German exchange student –  Seize the chance to change your life

Year 10 student Lilith Büschgens who joined us for a year from Germany,  has written a wonderful account about her experiences at the Academy and in this country.  Lilith settled in very well with her host family and made lots of new friends.   It has been a pleasure to have Lilith with us and we wish her well when she returns to Germany.  Clicking on the link below will enable you to read her story.


D&T Students Creating Useful Bags

Year 9 students have been working hard in Design and Technology this week,  to produce a bag for life. They have been exploring sustainability and the environment whilst learning to cut complex stencils and use screen printing techniques.

Students will go on to develop their skills, extending the complexity of their images and printing in two or three colours to produce high quality products.  Well done to all !!


Rounders Tournament

Year 7 Rounders Team

The Torquay Academy rounders team travelled to Stover School to play in a rounders tournament this week.  They played a total of 8 matches during the day and although they only won one of their games, they performed really well as a team in some tough matches.

The first game was against Teignmouth Community College where Paige Williams exhibited some fantastic consistent bowling.  Ella Squibb was so close to taking a spectacular catch but unfortunately couldn’t hold on to it.  Anna Duffen, Cassie Seal and Scarlett Williams also showed great fielding skills.  The match against Paignton Academy & Sports College was much closer, losing to them by only one rounder.  The fifth game saw the team record their only win of the day beating Coombeshead College 8 rounders to 6.

The whole team thoroughly enjoyed the day and worked hard throughout all matches.  Congratulations to Anna Duffen for being awarded Player of the Tournament for her excellent fielding.  Well done!


Taunton Dance Festival


Taunton Festival

Over last weekend both Jess Tarrant and Beth Rook  took part in the Taunton Festival of the Arts. The festival was a 3 day event which allowed both girls the opportunity to compete in various dances covering a wide range of genres.

The festival adjudicator was Geoff Lucas who has worked in dance and musicals around the world for the last 30 years both for the British Federation and  All England Dance.  Both Beth and Jess competed alongside each other as well as many other dancers in a variety of different dances. Their category was aged 15-21 which meant they were the youngest competitors in some dances and in some cases they were competing against up to 18 other dancers.   However this did not stand out as a problem at all. Both girls danced superbly and were awarded various positions for their phenomenal performances.

Jess competed in the Character dance, where she was awarded SIlver in the group for her Edward Scissor hands performance, Lyrical dance where she performed a beautiful dance and positioned 4th, Modern dance which was a stunning performance where she was also awarded fourth.

Beth competed also in the Character Dance where she performed a Black Swan performance and was awarded a Bronze medal, Song and Dance performance where she performed a song from chorus Line and was awarded 4th place.

Beth’s stand out performances had to be both her lyrical and her modern dances where she performed fantastic routines.  With so much style and energy and was awarded with Gold medals in both,  scoring a high distinction with 89 marks in each which was one of the highest scores of the whole competition.   The girls did not finish there and went on to win a bronze medal for their modern duet.

Both girls performed outstanding performances throughout the weekend and received some very positive reports from the adjudicator.

Their next festival is in Plymouth in July where they will have new dances with a new adjudicator.  I wish them the best of luck and was blown away by the spectacular performance. Well done girls, keep up good work!


Girls’ Cricket County Finals

Girls' Cricket

Pictured: Poppy Bell, Niamh Howlett, Cody Harper, Samantha Gourlay, Ella Squib, Hannah Mabbutt, Ellie May Peterson, Olivia Davies, (Scarlet Williams not pictured)

There was an exciting U13s Cricket County Final for our girls this week. Tiverton, South Dartmoor and TA all got through to a very close County final. Lead valiantly by Poppy Bell, the girls bowled well and some great hitting made the games very close, but unfortunately TA just missed out on becoming Devon Champs by a few runs. The most exciting part is all the girls who are in Year 7 can play in the same U13s tournament next year which bodes well for more success in the future.  Well done girls!


Year 5 Activities Days

Continuing this year with our successful Year 5 Activities Days, Year 5 students from junior schools visited us this week on Wednesday and Thursday to have a taste of life as a student at Torquay Academy.  Next week more students from the remaining schools will be coming in to experience a day here.  Further information will follow when all the days have been completed.