Readathon, Maths Challenge, Geography Trip & Criminology




Year 7 pupils have been taking part in a readathon this week to help raise money for a number of children’s charities. Reading for pleasure is a huge part of life at the Academy and, as well as reading each morning with the rest of KS3,  these pupils have set themselves a challenge to read a number of books over the course of the week. It is fantastic to see the pupils making this effort and helping to raise money for such a worthy cause.


Year 5 Maths Challenge

Y5 Maths Challenge


Y5 Maths Challenge


On Tuesday evening, the school hall was jammed with Year 5 students and parents from around the Bay keen to find out which school had the finest mathematical minds. They worked in teams of 4 with no outside assistance and their tasks varied from logic problems to engineering problems. Finally, in a sea of newspaper and lemons (as a result of the final challenge) one of the teams from Torre Primary were declared winners. The students had a fantastic time, the parents enjoyed seeing their boys and girls show off their skills, and the TA staff had a great time working with some of our future students. It was a great evening and many thanks to all of those who made it possible.


Armed Forces Day

Year 7 student, Cory Allen will be helping raise awareness on Armed Forces Day for a charity; he is very proud of his Dad who has served in Afghanistan. The event is on Babbacombe Downs, Saturday 20th June, from 10am – 4pm.   Cory’s mum  was asked to write a guest blog for the charity a few weeks ago to say how the charity helps with inclusion for military children.  On the same day it was published, the charity were informed that the MOD had cut their funding due to current financial restraints. This charity is dear to all families but especially children who struggle with the inclusion and separation, as a result Cory’s family decided they had to help.

Cory’s dad will be joining the Mayor and other dignitaries for the passing parade at 1.00pm in full service dress – at other times he will be helping run the family stall!  Please see the link below:


Year 10 Geography Trip

Year 10 geographers went to Dartmoor to collect information for their controlled assessment. The assessment involves collecting data about the positive and negative effects of tourism on Dartmoor. Students visited Haytor Rocks and Widecombe in the Moor. The results from both locations will be compared and analysed to determine what the effects of tourism are on Dartmoor. The controlled assessment makes up 25% of the final GCSE grade.


Year 6 Primary Visit

This week saw a group of 30 Year 6 students from Primary Schools across Torquay spend the day in our school. The students had been highlighted as being anxious about the transition from their Primary schools to our much larger secondary school.   The students were supported by selected Year 7 buddies and members of our excellent Teaching Assistant Team. The day was organised by Mrs Jukes, Assistant SENDCo who arranged a variety of experiences for the students including Science,Literacy, Expectations and Team Building exercises.

Feedback on the day included:

“That all the adults are really nice”

“Really nice teachers and friendly students”

“I was worried then my Buddy made me more confident”

“Fun Science and really nice staff”

“I made some new friends,I was worried but now I’m not”

“The library is absolutely huge with a lot of books.You can read millions of books,it’s amazing”

“You have awesome experiments in science”

“It’s not that scary”

Mrs Jukes said it was a really enjoyable day for all involved.


Year 7 Athletics

The year 7 athletic squad competed at Torre Valley North against 7 other schools on Thursday. They produced some outstanding performances, highlighted by Krisjanis Rumnieks and Courtney Sunderland.

– Krisjanis won the javelin against 13 opponents.

– Courtney continued her winning streak with a victory in the 100m.

– Tanesha Powell deserves a special mention for determination in the 1000m.

Despite losing control of her breathing during the first 500m, she refused to give up even though she was in considerable pain. She finished the race supported by her team mates. Superb effort Tanesha!
The year 7 squad will travel to Brickfields, Plymouth to compete later in the month.


Year 3 & 4 Athletics Festival

On Thursday morning Torquay Academy as part of the MATCHES partnership hosted the Year 3/4 Athletics Festival. With 90 students from Torre and Warberry attending the morning was a great success. All of the students took part in various activities including running, jumping and throwing events.   As always the Year 9 Sports Leaders were exemplary role models to the younger students and ran their events effectively.


Year 9 Rounders Tournament at Trinity School

Y9 Rounders Team

Girls involved: Macy Harvey, Cody Marker, Nicole Doris, Maia Crook, Aimee Cox, Ocea Jackson Graves, Martha Farkins, Charlotte Sweet, Beth Stewart, Sasha Gill

On Wednesday ten Year 9 girls travelled to Trinity School to compete in the South Devon schools rounders tournament.  The girls made a fantastic start beating Coombeshead and narrowly missing out on a draw to Trinity. However, they came up against some strong competition in their remaining games with some very closely fought matches.

Well done to all the girls involved and especially to Macy Harvey, Cody Marker, Nicole Doris, Ocea Jackson Graves and Maia Crook on some excellent batting and to Charlotte Sweet and Aimee Cox for some fantastic fielding at 2nd and 4th post.


3rd Year Criminology Student Visit

Criminology Student

We were visited this week by Chris who is a 3rd year Criminology and Justice Studies student at Plymouth University. This week for Thursday and Friday he has been shadowing Martin Rushworth our PCSO in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police.  Martin volunteered to show Chris the ropes and show him how his role works within the school. Chris left with a wider knowledge of how the police and legal system work within schools and with students. Good luck to Chris with the rest of his studies.