National Award for “Outstanding GCSE Results”
On Tuesday evening I was honoured to be invited to the Guildhall London for the Pixl National Schools Awards Ceremony. I am delighted to announce that we won the “Outstanding GCSE Results” award. I had to give an acceptance speech (which I wasn’t aware of!); it gave me the opportunity to play tribute to the incredible work ethic of the school’s staff and students who were determined to achieve. We are delighted that our students’ wonderful achievements have been recognised on the national stage at these prestigious awards.
International Biking Success
Year 12 student Emily Green has had huge success at recent racing championships in Holland and Manchester.
She competed in the The European championships, which were held in Erp, Holland. She raced in the 16 girls category and came 2nd place. Achieving a podium in place in a European Championship is, I am sure you will agree, an amazing achievement.
To the round of an incredible summer she took part in the British championships which were held in Manchester. Here, she took part in the championship women’s category and raced to 2nd place.
Many congratulation to Emily on a great achievement.
Rise & Read
This week saw the start of Rise & Read for our year 7 pupils. Three mornings a week year 7s come into school at 7.45 and read for thirty minutes before going outside for morning line-up. We currently have three large groups of readers and each group will read the same novel together. The educational benefits of regular reading are well documented and it is an absolute pleasure to see so many pupils come into school to do nothing other than enjoy a great book. The sessions are led by some of our sixth form and I have no doubt that they serve as tremendous ‘reading role models’ for our younger pupils. There is still time for year 7s to sign up for Rise & Read and if they are interested they should see Mr Withers for further information.
Launch of Children’s University
This week Mr Jones launched the ‘Children’s University’ with Year 7. The Children’s University is a national scheme which aims to promote social mobility and raise aspiration by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of normal school hours. Aimed at children aged 5 to 14, Children’s University celebrates achievement and rewards participation through a system of accredited certificates.
Children’s University is expanding fast both in the UK and internationally. Interest in Children’s University is growing, in part due to the powerful evidence generated through the independent evaluations of their work that proves that participation in Children’s University learning impacts significantly on children’s attendance, attitudes and achievements in school.
How it works: Students are issued with their very own Passport to Learning in which they collect ‘stamps’ for every hour of ‘informal’ (outside the classroom) learning that they do. Each Passport to Learning is individually numbered which makes each child, as passport holder, an individual member of the Children’s University.
What activities contribute towards awards?
Learning Destinations are places and organisations to which children can ‘travel’ with their Passport that provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a ‘wow’ factor. Participating organisations will display the Learning Destination Logo. School clubs, and additional learning activities within school also contribute towards the hours students can collect, so all Year 7’s are encouraged to attend as many clubs as they can!
Learning Destinations in Torbay
-Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts , Kents Cavern
-Dartmoor National Park
-Quay Climbing Centre
-All Cubs and Scouts across Torbay
-Arsenal Soccer School
-Stagecoach Theatre Arts
-Newton Abbot Leisure Centre
-Torbay Karate Club
-Torbay Library Service
-Tamar Fencing Club
-Cary Park Tennis Club
-Shotokan Karate – Kihaku Club
-H2O Swim Academy
-Darren Roberts Football Coach
-Torbay Olympic Gymnastic Club
-Torquay Academy Sport Football Club
Certificates are then awarded to students for collecting 30 hours (Bronze), 65 hours (Silver), or 100 hours (Gold). The gold certificate will be presented at a special graduation ceremony at Plymouth University towards the end of the Summer term. Children can go on to study for a Degree, Masters, Doctorate and continue to be awarded certificates for up to 1000 hours!
A Level Biology Dissection
All of our new A level Science classes are progressing very well. Year 12 A level students investigating heart structure. The photo shows them comparing the thickness of the walls of the right side (pumping to the lungs) and the left side (pumping all around the body).
Roaming Alpaca arrives home
Sir Hugo of Torbayus Acadamus is back at school after an eventful summer of touring around Torquay as part of the Alpaca Trail. We think he looks very at home amongst the foliage, welcome back Sir Hugo!!
Devon District Football Trials
Good luck to the following boys from Year 9 who have been selected for Devon District football trials:
Torquay Academy Lunch Menus
Below are the rolling lunch menus for the Academy which change on a regular basis: