Recognition & Congratulations for School from DfE & Local MP

The plaudits keep on coming


4.11.16 DfE-letterkevin-foster-mp-letter

Welcome back to everyone after the half term break.  I was delighted to receive the letters above from our Regional Schools Commissioner, Rebecca Clark and Kevin Foster MP,  which reiterates the hard work of the students and staff at TA.


Whole School Assembly

4.11.16 Whole School Assembly

On the last day of each term we have a whole school assembly in the Sports Hall.  You can see from this picture the size of our school community now; also at the front is one of our Y13 students, Dan Williams, who performed a piece that he composed.  It was an amazing way to end an incredible first term.


Google Expeditions


4.11.16 Google Expeditions

We were delighted to welcome Google Expeditions in our school on Wednesday this week.  Using their virtual reality headsets our students were able to explore different parts of the world and the human body.  It was a great way of bring the students face to face with a whole range of different locations that then acted as a real stimulus to the lesson.  In the picture above you can see my Year 11 students who are “visiting” Google’s headquarters in California.  It enabled us to discuss a whole range of different business approaches to managing staff which the students could then expand upon formally when we were back in the classroom.



Trainee Teachers Visit Music Department

4.11.16 Trainee teachers

On Tuesday this week trainee music teachers and their course tutor from Cornwall SCITT embarked on an hour and a half journey from the depths of Cornwall to travel to TA to observe lessons in our music department.   The innovative curriculum design and the way in which our music department deliver their lessons means that the department and our school has been recognized as a Musical Futures Champion school, one of only 30 in the country and the lead school for the South West. This means that music educationalists travel from far and wide to observe what drives music in our school and essentially to see the pedagogical approaches of Musical Futures in action.  Our visitors left feeling inspired, driven and excited to take back what they had observed to their placement schools.

Head of Creative Arts, Sarah Pappin told me, ‘I am extremely proud of what we do in our music department and feel that in our position as lead school for the SW privileged that we have the opportunity to share our practice beyond our own school and improve music education on a much larger scale for so many more children.’


Year 7 Music Exam Success

4.11.16 Ellie Mitchell Y7

The music department were absolutely delighted with Ellie Mitchell in Year 7 had a huge amount of success in her recent singing exam. Ellie has been taking Rockschool Grade exams, a hugely respected examination board that tests students on their ability on a particular instrument,  and Ellie was recently entered for her Grade 6 Popular Music Performance exam, which is an incredible achievement in itself. As the gradings run from Grade 1 to 8, usually we would expect students to reach that Grade 6 standard by around Year 11/Sixth Form, but Ellie not only passed this exam in Year 7, she managed to achieve a Merit, which is almost unheard of.   Elli’s Music teacher, Mr. Brinson, said that, “The fact that Ellie is performing at the standard that she has even been entered for a Grade 6 exam is a celebration in itself, but to achieve a Merit is beyond an accomplishment and we are all extremely proud of her.”

We’re hoping Ellie will continue the hard work and we’re looking forward to finding out how she does in her Grade 7 and Grade 8 exams in the near future.


Students of the Week

SOTW 4.11.16


Students of the week pictured with me, Mrs Nicol and Mr Withers are : Ryanna Lewis, Ana Maria Banica, Chloe Stone, Katie Stacey, James Sands