Music Success, Football Goals and Certificates Abound

Music Success

3.2.17Year 13 Uni offers Pic

The music department have every reason to celebrate this week with the news that each one of their Y13 Music students has been offered a place to study a Music degree at their first choice university.

George Full, Chelsea Peter and Tom Neale have all been offered places to study BA Degrees in Creative Music Technology and Popular Music Performance at Falmouth University. Impressively, Falmouth has retained its place as the UK’s Number One Arts University for the third year running in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Earlier this year fellow students Dan Williams and Harvey Comer were both successful in securing offers to study BA degrees in Professional Music Performance at their dream university, ACM; The Academy of Contemporary Music. ACM has a hugely impressive list of alumni, which include Ed Sheeren, Newton Faulkner, Lawson and Mumford and Sons, to name a few.

Needless to say, the music team of Miss Pappin, Mr Brinson and Mr Mathew are all extremely proud of the hard work and dedication the students have shown. Miss Pappin proudly commented, “Each of the students had a dream and each of them put a plan together to make it come true… and they’ve done it! It just goes to show, with hard work and passion, anything is possible.”

Sports Roundup


It has been GOALS, GOALS GOALS this week for Mr Grinsill’s teams!

Year 7

The Year 7 girl’s football team went to Dawlish in the torrential rain to play against a combined Year 7/8/9 team. They did brilliantly but lost 3-1. Taylor Ford scored the goal but they were all great.

Year 8

Year 8 Football team beat Coombeshead in the South Devon Cup 2-0 on a wet and muddy Tuesday afternoon. A dominant display from start to finish was eventually rewarded with goals from substitute Brandon Edwards (first touch!) and an Archie Farkins header.

In the first half, TA started very strongly, with the yet again impressive Ryley Steele creating several chances down the left wing, but we were unable to convert any of the chances we created due to some outstanding goalkeeping. A couple of tactical switches in the second half paid instant dividends with midfielders Will Makinson and Archie Farkins dictating play from midfield, and wingers Reece Shaw and Ryley Steele producing several outstanding crosses. The first goal came with an excellent side rule pass and the pacy Brandon Edwards broke through the defensive line and tucked the ball away. The second came from another pinpoint corner from Reece Shaw which Archie Farkins nodded home from 6 yards out. Will Makinson had a late chance which rattled the crossbar and we missed several other chances to make the game safe.

Defensively, this was our best performance of the season, with a Nick Turner brilliant in goal, captain Ryan Wilson taking control of the back four, with full back Sean Coulson impressing yet again. Adam Warner, was simply outstanding with a couple of brave last ditch tackles to prevent Coombeshead opportunities late on. This team continues to grow from strength to strength.
Man of the Match: Adam Warner

Year 9

Played Torquay Boys’ Grammar School this week in a friendly and ran out 4 – 2 winners in a very disciplined performance.

Year 10

Following on from their national cup success last week they cruised on in the Devon and South Devon cups with victories over Churston Grammar School, 4 – 0, and Cuthbert Mayne , 9 – 2.

Thursday saw the year 10 team in action again this time in the South Devon Cup against Cuthbert Mayne with a very different line up and players getting some much needed game time TA ran out 10-2 winners with the highlight being Josh Nelson scoring from the penalty spot and celebrating with the whole team.

Year 11

Year 11 look to make it through to the semi – final of the South Devon cup when they face Newton Abbot College. Will it be more goals, goals, goals tonight?

2nd Team

On Wednesday the second XI played Truro and Penwith in their league fixture on the astro. This was a side they beat 2-1 in the reverse fixture. This time however the score finished an impressive 21-0 with Lewis Reeman scoring 8


3.2.17 Football table

Centre Parcs County Badminton Tournament

3.2.17 KS3 Badminton

3.2.17 KS5 Badminton

On Wednesday our two winning boys teams from the regional rounds travelled to Paignton in a bid to become Devon Schools Champions and progress to the South West Round. The boys knew it was going to be a tough day , the best of Devon’s Schools all represented , over 70 % of pupils were County players and even one England International player !!!!! Despite this both our boys teams ( KS5 , George Fenn, Cameron Knowles,Edwin Chan, Charlie Mares, Harry Allen ) (KS3 Charlie Barnes, Ellis Knowles, Matt Leighton , Jack Manley , Finn Mulready) did themselves justice and played some incredible Badminton, managing to take games off some of these stronger teams. However in the end, our lack of high level experience took over but they did not go down without a fight. So proud of all the boys , their attitude and determination to win was a real credit to themselves and to the Academy. Overall rankings have not been released yet , but I believe our KS5 team stand at 4th in Devon and our KS3 team as 6th. Great things still to come.

We need more girls to join our Badminton Club.  Please come along on Monday lunchtime and Tuesday after school.


Year 5 Cockington Visit

Our Primary Liaison links continued this week in the Enterprise Department as Year 5 students from Cockington Primary School worked with a range of tools and equipment to produce high quality bespoke keyrings. They drilled, filed, polished, glued and the used letter punches to adapt, embellish and customise high quality laser cut acrylic plastic parts.

Kevin Hadley, Head of Enterprise said “It was rewarding to see everyone getting involved,  even the teachers and assistants made a keyring each! It was great to see everyone having such fun learning new practical skills and getting a real taste for Design & Technology at Torquay Academy. The quality of work completed was impressive and I hope all students enjoy using their bespoke keyrings for years to come! This is the second primary school we have had visit in as many weeks and I look forward to the many more to come.”

After this the students moved on to the library where Miss Tanner ran a session on library skills and information gathering. As always it was a pleasure to work with Cockington Primary School and we look forward to seeing them again in the Summer.


Principal Certificates

I was delighted to meet so many students on  Friday morning to celebrate their hard work.  Record numbers of students are receiving their Principal’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for 200,150 and 100 praise points respectively.  This week I had the pleasure of handing out the first gold certificate of the year to Kimberly Taylor in Year 7.


03.02.2017 - BRONZE

Louis Mellitt, Molly Carter, Paige Godwin, Izabelle Pollard, Luke Pethard, Caitlin Graham, Alex Roberts, Stella Swift, Lucas Macfie-Jones, Thomas White, Molly Rose, Anna Hobson, Josh Shuttleworth, Klaudia Krupska, Zane Sibiya, Ellie-Anne Pleass, Ben Dowen



03.02.2017 - SILVER

Emma Harrison,  Morgan Tout,  Lily O’Sullivan, Ellis Knowles



03.02.2017- GOLD

Kimberly Taylor


Students of the Week

03.02.2017 SOTW

Harvey Kendall – Yr 7, Lucy Cook – Yr 10, Oli Cawood – Yr 11, Alex Roberts – Yr 9 and Olivia Lopez – Yr 8


Growth Mindset

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New Growth Mindset badges were handed out to the following students; Dominic Locke, Luke Pethard, Linda Aspbury, Evie Billing, Ollie Mellitt, Chelsea Peter, Ellie Piper, Georgia Large, Niccolo Guastella, Lucy Cook, Jess Mitchell and Emily Johns