Raising Money for Charity, Easter Revision & Exeter Chiefs

Well over 500 applications for Year 7

Torquay Academy is more popular than ever with primary students and parents.  We are honoured that so many families chose TA for their sons’ and daughters’ education.  With over two applications for every places we are the number one destination for primary school leavers.

I speak to many current and prospective parents and I am delighted to hear the many positive things they have to say about the school.


Students raising money for local charity


Pictured: Lexi Fairhurst presenting a cheque to Luke Tillen from THHN

The students have been raising money for a very worthwhile local charity, Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN).  THHN are committed to helping give away free fun filled holidays to families who have seriously ill children, families who are recently bereaved – having lost a child or parent, and to families who have a terminally ill parent.

Year 7 student, Lexi Fairhurst, presented a cheque for £250 to Luke Tillen, founder of the charity, in our whole school assembly at the end of last term.  He was delighted to receive such a generous amount raised by our students.


Easter revision on every day during holidays for Y11

Easter Revision

The Easter holidays were as busy as any other day during the Easter holidays for our Year 11s.  Staff and students were in school throughout the holidays ensuring our boys and girls are prepared for their GCSE examinations.  I would like to thank all of the staff who continue to give up so much of their free time to support our students.


Exeter Chiefs to base their Academy at Torquay Academy

Exeter Chiefs
Mr Harries has been busy working with the Exeter Chiefs to finalise the plans for their Academy that will be based here at TA.  Students in the Chief’s Academy will receive two hours a day of rugby coaching from their staff as well as having access to our outstanding facilities.

Students on the course will either study the BTEC Level 3 Sport Extended Diploma (Performance and Excellence) or a combination of other level 3 courses. If you would like more information about the Centre please contact Mr Harries: via e-mail gharries@tqacademy.co.uk or call 01803 329351.


The type of grass seed does matter!

Type of Seed

I have learnt a lot about different types of grass seed over the past few weeks…  I frequently hear that our main pitch isn’t up to the world-class standard of our other facilities.  We are hoping that we will have the main pitch relaid over the coming months to ensure that we have the very best facilities on offer for our students in the next academic year.  I am sure our football and rugby academies will appreciate this.


Year 11 Boys in South Devon Cup Final

Y11 Football Team

Pictured: Year 11 Football Team
On Tuesday the Year 11 football team travelled to Stoke Gabriel FC to take on Torquay Boys’ Grammar School in the South Devon Cup Final.  The boys were looking forward to the game as well as feeling extremely nervous.  With the sun out, the boys got off to the worst possible start, conceding the most unfortunate goal in the first 10 seconds when Goalkeeper Klae Turner turned a shot onto the bar only for the ball to rebound back off the bar, hit Klae on the back of the head and roll into the goal!  The team struggled to get into the game after that and conceded a second goal from a corner midway through the first half.  After a team talk at half time, full of praise and encouragement, the team took to the field once more.  Unfortunately the boys were caught cold again and TBGS scored early in the second half.  The boys never gave up and managed to get back into the game and started to dominate possession and create chances albeit without any success.  TBGS scored another goal to go 4-0 up.  It would have been easy at this point for the boys to let their heads drop but they dug deep and continued to battle and create chances and eventually scored through sheer persistence from Alex Constantinou.  However, they couldn’t build on that and the game finished with the boys losing 4-1.  The boys were a credit to the school and to all those that came along to watch and support.  A fantastic effort from all involved.  Well done boys!