Students came into school over the summer holidays to pick up a record breaking set of results for the school. An amazing 90% achieved a C or above in their GCSE English, which is 27% above the national average. Our Maths students also gained incredible results with 75% getting a C or above. These outstanding results reflect our relentless focus upon these key academic subjects. It means that over 70% of our students move onto their Sixth Form studies with a pass in both of the core subjects.
This rise in the results is down to the incredible work ethic of our students and their teachers. Evening, weekend and holiday classes were attended as students strived to achieve their very best grades. I am so proud of everyone’s efforts and I am delighted that their hard work has paid off.
We have been recognised as one of the three most improved schools in the South West and we have been nominated for a National Success award.
Hard work and dedication certainly paid off for Abbie Sykes, who achieved 5 A*s and 5 As. She told me“I am so pleased with my results; I can’t quite believe it! I just want to thank all of my teachers who have done so much to help me. I am looking forward to starting in our Sixth Form where I will be studying Biology, Maths, History and Art A levels”. She plans to read zoology at university when she leaves Torquay Academy.
Chair of Governors, Vince Flower, who came in on results morning said, “it is such a pleasure seeing so many students moving into our Sixth Form with excellent GCSE results. I would like to congratulate all of our students on their successes and thank our staff for all of their efforts this year. These results round off an excellent year for the Academy where we have had over two applications for each place in Year 7, many wonderful Performing Arts events and numerous sporting successes”.
6th Form Success
We are delighted that a number of our Sixth Form leavers are going on to universities and we wish them every success in their studies:
Liam Artz – University of St Mark & St John
Emma Baker – University of St Mark & St John
Louis Birkinshaw – University of St Mark & St John
Connor Bolton – Bournemouth University
Charley Harris – University of St Mark & St John
Matthew Mason – University of St Mark & St John
Ryan McGee – University of St Mark & St John
Yvette Neary – Sheffield Hallam
Jerry Ovenden – St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Dan Smith – University of West London
Jack Walker – University of Exeter
First day at school for new Year 7 and our returning Year 12
New Year 7 and Year 12 students started at Torquay Academy one day before the rest of the school to enable them to familiarise themselves with the school and to meet staff. This was a very successful day and the students were the first to wear our new house ties.
The rest of the school started today, Friday 4th September, and were also given their new house ties which, I am sure you will agree look extremely smart.
First Assembly of the Year
I was delighted to be able to welcome the whole school back during an assembly this morning. I was able to celebrate our students’ successes, but I also spent a great deal of time laying out my expectations for the year. The theme of the assembly was how hard work and effort will lead to success; last year’s Year 11 are a prime example of this.
It gets a little bit tighter in the Sports Hall as our numbers continue to grow each year!
Summer School 2015
Torquay Academy’s Summer School was an outstanding success this year!
Everyone had an amazing time as the diversity and engaging collection of activities were organised and delivered to the highest standard. The two weeks were spent involving the students in a variety of educational and fun activities.
Week One was based on the theme of “Ancient Earth” and each student was involved in producing and creating some wonderful work in the Academy. This ranged from reporting on the discovery of Tutankhamen and creating clay fossils to performing in Drama. This was then followed by a chance to go on a number of excursions – Lyme Regis Fossil Hunting for ammonites (which were plentiful), a trip to Occombe Farm to learn about our world, creature habitats and then into the kitchen to bake Focaccia bread with our own handpicked garden ingredients, and a visit to Torre Abbey where we learnt about its history through drama, arts, crafts and song!
Week Two was based on the same structure but on the theme of “Our Planet” and this meant more creative and interesting activities in the Academy such as gardening in the Year 7 Allotments, baking Rocky Road Cakes and painting Solar Systems, followed by a trip back to Occombe Farm to bake Chocolate and Courgette Muffins, a visit to Padbrook Park in Cullompton to learn the tricks of the trade in Golf and a wonderful visit to Paignton Zoo to have an enrichment talk on how to ensure animals are looked after properly and see the many types and breeds of creatures that exist in the world.