Welcome back to students and staff after what I hope has been an enjoyable summer break. As always, we hit the ground running at TA!
Year 7 First Day
I have really enjoyed welcoming our new Year 7s into the school. They have made a very positive first impression with me. They all look incredibly smart and have been exceptionally polite. I am sure it won’t be long until I am reporting their successes on the blog.
The TA Way
During the first two days back this year we have spent the time working with our students to ensure they are fully prepared for the year ahead. They have been following our TA Way programme which sets out our expectations and supports students with how to learn in school and at home. The picture above shows our Year 11s with Mr Pugh who spent today with each year group going through the best way of learning. I have been very impressed with the approach of all of our students and I look forward to starting lessons next week.
The following Sixth Form students have secured places at the following universities. Many congratulations to them all.
Connor Burns – Exeter University
Jordan Burrows – Oxford Brooks
Joseph Calland – Plymouth University
Sut I Chiang – De Montfort University
Harvey Comer – The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)
Elley Croft – University of Chester
Vitor Miguel De Carvalho Cardoso – De Montfort University
Ryan James Duffen – Swansea University
Bethany Essam-Wood – Cardiff University
George Full – Falmouth University
Bradley Godwin – The University of Kent
Emily Kate Green – The University of Salford
Saffy Jones Birmingham – City University
Joseph McFarlane Anglo – European College of Chiropractic
Leah Mitchell – Plymouth University
Megan Moncrieff – University of Portsmouth
Vernon Moore – Oxford University
Thomas Neale – Falmouth University
Conner Peart – Plymouth Marjon University
Chelsea Peter – Falmouth University
Abbie Powell – The Manchester Metropolitan University
James Pratt – Falmouth University
Kyle Rusby – Plymouth University
William Sanders – Plymouth University
Jarrel James Simmonds – The University of Sheffield
Abbie Sykes – Plymouth University
Connor Thompson – Exeter University
Daniel Williams – The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)
National Governance Association Awards Finalists
On Tuesday, the governors and I travelled up to London to the Palace of Westminster to attend the National Governance Association finals. It was an incredible honour for our governors to be shortlisted for the outstanding governors award, especially as all primary, secondary and special schools are included. Our governors give so much time to support the school and our students; I am very grateful to them. The awards took place on the terrace by the Thames and the governors were treated to a glass of bubbly at the end! Very well deserved!
Celebrating our Exam Success
Another year, another record breaking set of results! Thanks to Jeff and Lee who have put up a couple of new banners celebrating our incredible results.
TA Science Students Pass the Million Mark
There is a proven strong link between answering simple factual science questions on a daily basis and gaining higher grades in GCSE. TA science have invested in an online system called Tassomai which allows students to do this. Last year TA students demonstrated how hard they work by answering a staggering 1.4 million Tassomai questions! This excellent feat drew a Tweet of congratulations from Tassomai’s Chief Executive Murray Morrison.
Race for Life
Mrs Tanner took part in the Race for Life in the holidays, her words are below:
On the first weekend of the summer holidays I took part in the Race for Life, Muddy 5k run at Westpoint, Exeter. The weather was fairly kind until about 3k and the heavens did open up.
The 5k course consisted of inflatables to climb over, rope nets to crawl under (face down) and a huge slide at the end which allowed us to slide into a huge pool of cold muddy water! We were constantly chased by the staff there with buckets of water and water pistols, as you can imagine there wasn’t a dry part of me and mud was all over me, from my head to my toes!
But it’s is such a worthy cause and obviously a very personal one to me. During the warm up I can’t deny that I didn’t get a tad emotional, but more at the amazing statistics of how through events like the Race for Life, studies and research is able to continue with the money raised and the long term goal really is to find a cure for cancer. Statistics show that things are changing in the right directions and I’m happy to be a part of that and support them. Myself and my friend raised over £200 and I’m very grateful for those that sponsored me. It felt really empowering and we are already planning to do it again next year with a bigger crowd of our daughters and nieces to show how powerful we are as woman and how we can help towards making these changes and also spend some time remembering lost loved ones. I am certainly sure that my Mum would have been looking down laughing at me getting so wet and muddy!
In the first week of the summer holidays the Year 9 school band performed at Paignton Festival. They independently had been liaising with the Chairman who was overseeing all of the events on Paignton Green for the week of activities and events. When they arrived they took complete responsibility of setting up all of their equipment and sound checks and performed for 30 minutes covers and also one of their own compositions. The crowds really enjoyed their performances and a few came up and spoke to them telling how great they were, especially as they are so young. One crowd member had heard them from the town and walked over specifically to see them. They were such a credit to the school and really showed us as parents how their confidence has grown over the last few years of being supported by our excellent music department!
Extra Curricular Clubs