Velodrome, Devon Champions, Dance & Story in Print

Excitement at the Veledrome

TA’s cycling house finals were held at Newport, Wales this week.  The competition started last year with the time trial winners gaining a place at the Haldon Forest leg of the event. The winners from Haldon forest raced at the Velodrome on Wednesday.  After 2 hours of specialist training, the 15 Year 7 and 8 finalists raced a timed lap to compete for bronze, silver and gold in their Year group houses.  All students competed with tremendous determination and focus. Well done to all for the fantastic achievement of gaining a place at the Velodrome.


Year 7 Boys
Gold – Jude Boyle
Silver – Jake Gamble
Bronze – Matt Leighton

Year 7 Girls
Gold – Izzy Minty
Silver – Mea White
Bronze – Linda Aspbury

Year 8 Boys
Gold – Scott Taylor
Silver – Taylor Hughs
Bronze – Macauly Day

Year 8 Girls
Gold – Courtney Sunderland
Silver – Ellie Squibb


Annual Dance Show


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Thursday evening saw over 40 pupils take part in the Annual Dance Show. As usual it was a fabulous mix of performances, ranging from Gymnastics to Cheerleading, Contemporary to Breakdancing. I would like to thank all the students who took part for their commitment and enthusiasm to rehearsals and more importantly having the courage to perform in front of over 200 guests. Special mentions must go to our Year 11 Andrew Courtenay, Beth Rook and Jess Tarrant, who have been superb role models and inspiration over the years within Dance.


 Year 11 Art Exam

22.4.16 Y11 Art Exam

The Year’s year 11 art students were very busy on Monday and Tuesday sitting their 10 hour Art & Design exam.  Mrs Lynch and Mr Haring have been really impressed with this year’s students work, which has shown real originality and creativity. One student Felix Blue, designed and decorated shoes and bags for his exam, all inspired by the wonderful Alexander McQueen. Here’s just one example of Felix’s fabulous, inventive designs. Well done, Felix


 Story Publication

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Year 11 student, Katy Pickburn, has had a story put in print which is a great achievement and this is what she had to say:  “One of my greatest passions is creative writing which has occupied my spare time for the past four years.  I have entered into two writing competitions in the past and have been successful in my piece of writing being published in a book by the young writers company.  I am very proud of my achievement and now I would like to further my career through 6th Form and encourage other students to follow a similar path to success”


School Art 2016: Showcasing Torbay’s Young Artists

Date: 21 April 2016 – 24 April 2016

22.4.16 Art Exhibition

Mr Haring and Mrs Lynch are delighted with their art and design students, whose work has been selected for the Torre Abbey’s schools art exhibition. Students from across ‘The Bay’ are invited to exhibit every year with some amazing talent being seen . Please support your fellow student’s by visiting the exhibition which is housed in the Spanish Barn.. This is a wonderful opportunity to see two and three dimensional work by many of Torbay’s young talent.


Football Roundup

Year 9 reach Devon Cup Semi-Final

On Tuesday the Year 9 football team travelled to Ivybridge in the Devon Cup Quarter – final. TA knew they were up against it as they were playing the team that recently reached the Nationl Cup Final. TA started brightly and were more than holding their own. The first half was end to end with both teams creating chances. In the 25th minute TA took the lead through Joseph Whitehead when he struck the ball into the corner of the net from an acute angle. TA managed to get to half time with the score 1-0. This gave the boys real confidence as they went out for the second half. Ivybridge came out fighting and took a hold of the game applying serious amounts of pressure on the TA goal. This pressure eventually told when Ivybridge equalised from a corner. The game continued to go from end to end and with five minutes to go,  a great solo run from Olaf Koszela saw him strike the post only for the rebound to land at the feet of Joseph Whitehead to place the ball into the empty net. TA saw out the last 5 minutes and now face Uffuculme on Monday in the semi-final.


Year 11 Devon Cup runners up

Straight after the sixth form game year 11 took to the field against St Lukes in their final. TA were a credit to the school competing in a manner that was professional and keeping their heads in a game that could have easily pushed the boys in to actions which would not be acceptable. TA created chances but it wasn’t to be and eventually came second best on the end of a 3-0 score line.  Both myself and  Mr Grinsill were extremely proud of all the boys and the way they conducted themselves.


6th Form Devon Cup Champions

On Wednesday the 6th Form took on Eggbuckland in the Final of the Devon Cup. TA dominated the game from start to finish on a very difficuilt surface. It looked like it was going to be one of those days with TA controlling the game but failing to take their chances. TA hit the woodwork at least 6 times during the game. Then with 3 minutes to go substitute Sam Hebbes latched onto a loose ball in the Eggbuckland box and slotted the ball home calmly. TA saw out the last few minutes with no issues and have retained their tittle as Devon Champions.



Harford Hits Heroioc Half-century to down Churston Grammar

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First game in the Devon Cup against Churston Grammar on a cold, windy afternoon with a make shift Year 9 team turned into the comeback of a generation.  Put into bat first TA started losing wickets quickly and before you knew it we were 6 down. But Cole Harford had managed to stay and had got his eye in, all he needed was someone to stay in with him. Ollie Mellitt was the girl. Cole carried his bat to 62 runs and a total of 110 -9.

With an acceptable total Cole took 2 wickets with his first to balls to put Churston on the back foot that they never really recovered from. Accurate boiling from Poppy Bell (2 wickets) and a great 3 overs from new comer Lewis Eaton who despite having 3 dropped catches on his first over got a wicket and kept the home side struggling to achieve the total required. With 91 – 9 TA triumphed and celebrated accordingly a great win. Well done to all involved.
Cole Harford
Jacob Knapman
Luke Owen
Jack Jones
Poppy Bell
Lewis Eaton
Jo Whitehead
Aaron Barnes
Sonny Prior
Finley Tocknell
Ross Knight
Ollie Mellitt



Students of the Week

22.4.16 Students of the week

Students of the week with Mrs Powell are : ​Lauren Courtenay and Samantha Dodsworth.  (Josh Robinson, Molly Thurlbeck & Caitlin Reader were not available for photograph as they were in a meeting)



Star Readers


Pictured with Mr Withers: Oli Westwood and Alanah Dorling, (Dominic Locke, Maddie Wannell and, Brandon Boyd not available for photograph as they were in a meeting)