Moors, amazing music results and lots of celebrations

Ten Tors



Students were out on the moor again for a shorter walklast weekend; this time they focused on building their navigation skills. The four groups led by Mr Whelan, Mr Beswetherick, Mr Jackson and Mr Cawood followed a route around the Avon Dam area hunting for features such as iron age hut circles, dried up leats and cairns to hone their fine navigation skills. Despite the weather which was, as expected by now, chilly and a little damp, all of the students showed great enthusiasm and focus. For more photographs from this walk and others follow @OutdooredTA on twitter.


Creative Arts Department

Phenomenal Year 11 Music Results

18.1.19 Y11 Music results

After a nervous wait our Year 11 music performance students received the results from their external exam this week. It was a nerve-racking time for the students as although they had already received top marks for their internal units it was the result of this unit that would dictate their overall result received this summer.

When the long-awaited results finally arrived on Tuesday morning we were absolutely delighted and even a little overwhelmed to learn that our students had achieved the highest grades attainable – Distinctions all round! When added to their other units the result is record-breaking final grades for our students!

None less than 15 students have been awarded the highest grade achievable; Distinction*. Huge congratulations to the following who have all been awarded Distinction*s; Evie Billing, Tom White, Brittany Carrington, Oliver Lomax, Alex Corbett, Livv Davies, Robert Green, Joe Hedworth, Noah Johnson, Ollie Mellitt, Roisin Payne, George Swift, Ethan Tanner and Jordan Wicks.

Miss Pappin told me ‘The year 11 class have worked consistently hard since year 9 with a musical passion and drive that has been unmatched from any other class. It comes as no surprise they have had their sights set on the very highest results and have worked relentlessly towards this goal. I’m super proud of what each and everyone of them has achieved, they have worked so hard for these results and couldn’t deserve them more’.


Christmas Continues for TA Music Technology Students

18.1.19 Music Technology

Christmas has been extended for TA Music Technology students, grateful recipients of 33 ‘state of the art’ M-Audio, Oxygen 25 MIDI Keyboards. Boasting full integration with Logic Pro X and eight backlit drum pads, pupils have had fun experimenting, experiencing and learning how to use the new hardware. Students in Year 9 have been inspired with new creative possibilities using the new keyboards to produce amazing original music for short animated trailers. While we have been blown away by the Year 10s original beat-making producing music for a group album. Expect to hear completed projects on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music in the coming months. Stay tuned!


Grade 5 Music Theory Success

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Huge congratulations to Poppy and Jack Bell who have both passed the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Grade 5 in Music Theory. Music Theory is widely considered the more challenging aspect of music with most youngsters focusing more on the practical exams before taking on the challenge of the theoretical exams. However, Jack and Poppy both needed to pass Grade 5 theory to continue to pursue their musical careers. Jack, so that he could be considered for a place in the Royal Marines Band and Poppy so that she could take her ABRSM Grade 5 in piano. Miss Pappin, who helped prepare Jack and Poppy for the exam commented, ‘To achieve ABRSM Grade 5 is a great achievement for these two, it’s been a challenge and their results are a credit to their hard work and determination.’ Well done Jack and Poppy!


Unconditional University Offer for Cameron

18.1.19 Cameron Westwood

We were delighted to learn this morning that Year 13 full-time music student, Cameron Westwood, has been offered an ‘unconditional’ place to study Popular Music at the University of Gloucestershire. Cameron is delighted as this was his first choice university and also his first ever university audition! Here’s what the interview team had to say about his audition:

“Cameron gave a great drum performance and responded well to different musical demands. Explaining his aspirations and giving insightful answers to interviewer questions. That coupled with Cameron’s calm and confident demeanour makes him a great fit for the UoG music community.”

Cameron has contributed so much to the musical life of TA for the last 7 years. We couldn’t be happier for him. Well done, Cameron!


Enterprise update



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There have been lots of wonderful meals being prepared this week.  Mr Hadley described them as “a fragrant storm” as students prepared dishes of their choice including curry, pizza, mac ‘n’ cheese and Singapore noodles!


Science Department

Science Club

18.1.19 Science club

This week in science club, the students made their own indicator from cabbage, and were testing the pH of everyday items, such as shampoo, lemonade etc.


Team TA Sports Roundup

After the relative calm of the first week back last week this week has been the complete opposite in the PE Department.  Alongside the usual after school clubs,  we have played lots of fixtures against other schools. We started the week with a Central Venue Netball tournament and have had Year 7 and 8 girls football v Cuthbert Mayne.  We have had Year 7 boys Central Venue Football, played two sixth form football matches, our Year 7 and 8 boys travelled to Ivybridge for rugby fixtures.


18.1.19 Basketball

Our under 14 basketball team travelled even further afield all the way down to Penryn for a National League match.  Unfortunately, we lost the match but these boys are improving game on game and will certainly be a team to watch in the future.  They have two more games next week which gives them a chance to put right what went wrong in the last match.

Finally, on Thursday,  our under 15 girls football team bowed out of the National Cup to a very strong Exmouth CC side.  However, nothing can take away the fact that they reached the last 16 of a National Cup for the first time in our history, well done girls. So a very busy week that doesn’t stop there. On Saturday we have 6 of our students representing South Devon in the County Cross Country Championships and on Sunday we have our under 13 boys representing Devon in the South West Table Tennis Championships. We wish all of them and indeed all of our students taking part in sport this weekend the very best of luck. Remember, if you don’t win you learn!



On Wednesday the second 11 took on Callywith College in a battle of the two unbeaten records in the league. The reverse fixture earlier in the season finished 1-1.

TA started the game on the back foot and were under pressure finding themselves having to defend numerous attacks and corners. However, on the 22nd minute an incredible cross by left back Bailey Clarke was met by Ben Tolman who glanced the ball past the on rushing Callywith goal keeper with his head.  Callywith rallied straight after conceding applying more pressure on the TA goal and 5 minutes they were level when we failed to clear a corner effectively and the ball was lumped back into the box for an unmarked Callywith player to head the ball in from close range.   TA responded well to being back on level terms and 5 minutes before half time when another tremendous cross from Bailey Clarke was met by centre half Cole Harford after his long run forward.

The second half was a battle with both teams committed to the cause with tackles and challenge flying in creating chances at both ends. However both teams failed to capitalise on these so TA ran out 2-1 winners. This means that TA are now 3 points clear at the top of the table and still remain unbeaten.


Year 7 and 8 girls football

18.1.19 Girls Football

On Tuesday both Year 7 and Year 8 played a friendly against St Cuthbert Mayne.   The Year 7s began the fixture well and as a result were soon 1-0 up. Unfortunately the Cuthbert Mayne team retaliated and by half time the score was 1-1. By the end of game Cuthbert had managed to score another 2 goals resulting in a 3-1 defeat. The girls played in a variety of positions and formations with lots of substitutions so was a great experience for all.

The Year 8 team were taking on STCM Year 9 team so were ready for a challenge. By half time TA were up 1-0 and were looking to keep the lead. Our goal keeper made some amazing saves for us which helped in leading us to a 2-1 victory.   Special thanks to the Year 10s and Cole Harford who came down to act as coaches and referees, your support was much appreciated!


First Team

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Our first team travelled down to Saltash to play against Plymouth City College in our first league game of 2019.  We made some changes to the formation and personnel to look at new ideas and coach, Mr Hogg, was happy with the partnerships on the day.  The game started in a hectic fashion, with both teams struggling to get to grips with a smaller pitch then we were used to.  Space and time was an issue for flowing football but once we settled our players started to produce the football we have been working on.  The game ended up with plenty of goals from all areas of the pitch which was nice to see. A special mention must go to Ben Clark who bagged 5 from midfield and also to Josh Parry who scored the goal of the game from outside of the box into the top corner.  Next week we play Thomas Telford in the national college cup so hopefully we can take our performance into next week


Year 8 Girls Netball

18.1.19 Netball

On Monday the Year 8 netball team competed in the penultimate central venue league of the academic year. The girls played some amazing netball and worked well as a team.   The first match saw TA take on Trinity. The first half was slow with a score of 3-1 at half time. The girls showed some brilliant through court play and managed to finish the game 7-1 winners.  The second match saw the girls play Cuthbert. They really shone throughout with a clinical performance; interceptions from defence, slick movement and play by the centre court and repeatedly on target shooting from the attack. The final score was 11 –  2 to us.

The final match was much anticipated as the girls were playing Stover. Once again they began to play effortless netball and that resulted in a massive win of 7-0.   Well done girls you played the best you have played all season! Special well done to Izzy who managed to not only get player of the match once, but in all 3 games due to her shooting!


Year 7 Rugby

18.1.19 Y7 Rugby

The Year 7s travelled to Ivybridge on Wednesday for a much anticipated game of rugby. The game kicked off and straight away TA were on the defensive, their minds still on the bus seemingly. We conceded two quick early tries as the hosts moved the ball wide and exposed our narrow defence. After a quick pep talk and some regrouping, the boys decided to play some rugby and made some great inroads in the opposition defensive lines. Harry Clarke, Tommy Aldous and Steve Fitzpatrick led the charge and left many Ivybridge defenders in their wake. With the new half back pairings of Will Hemus and Will Harrison growing into their roles the boys began to play with a structure and pace not witnessed before. Will Hemus distributing well and Will Harrison marshalling the troops brilliantly.

With the team growing into the game minute by minute the boys managed a superb try of their own.  With the game finely balanced,  TA found themselves camped on their own try line. The whistle blew and the lads switched off. Unfortunately the opposition didn’t, they took a quick tap penalty and scored in the corner. Another score which could have been avoided. The boys kicked off and with more barn storming runs, we eventually scored through Steve Fitzpatrick; a great team try.

The second half saw more of the same with TA defending for long periods and some outstanding tackling led by captain and man of the match Will Harrison. He tackles well above his weight and took down their 6’5″ giant and jumped back to his feet to take down his next victim. Very impressive. TA eventually lost the game 20-10, but it will be one that will pose the question, what if? With some more training and game time the boys have the makings of a very competitive side. Well done lads!

Team: Jeb Whatley, Tommy Aldous, Pierce Gerring, Steve Fitzpatrick, Harry Clarke, Kai Alexander, Jay Tout, Will Reed, Nicodem Piasecki, Will Green, Owen Woodcock, Will Harrison (Capt and MoM), Will Hemus, Zac Steele, Kieren Dale


100% Attendance for Intervention

18.1.19 100 intervention

At Torquay Academy, we understand the importance Literacy has on a student’s ability to access all areas of the curriculum. To help ensure that every child can reach their full potential, we have a detailed programme of literacy intervention. Tailored to suit the needs of the individual student and to help them bridge the gaps in their literacy skills and understanding.  Today we rewarded those students who managed to achieve 100% attendance during their literacy intervention sessions last term.  Well done to all, keep up the good work.

Students not in order : Katie Bickford, Ed Fogarty, Gabreilla Fouche, Benjamin Gosnell,  Stevie Wright, Owen Woodcock, Lucas Washbrook,  Chayden Talbot, Cameron Sengupta,  Stephen McMullen,  Matthew Oakden, Max Peplow, Vincent Poynton


Star Readers

18.1.19 Star Readers

During the students library lessons, they read every week with an aim to achieving a higher standard of reading. Students are rewarded for the number of books they read. 25 books will earn them a Bronze certificate, 50 books a silver certificate and 75 books a gold certificate.  Well done to those students pictured for their achievements.

Students not in order: David Waddington, Xander Tostevin, Freya Davies, Timika Kenneford, Robbie Wright, Mia Denby, Dimitar Dinev, Daniel Green, Niamh Dolan, Emily Coates

Students of the Week

18.1.19 SOTW

Students of the week this week are: Isabel Watkins, Ethan Tanner, Andrea Locatelli, Penny Richards,  Kieran Bailey, Mia White, Sian Burton


Principal Certificates

18.1.19 Bronze

Bronze : (not in order) Joe Lawrence,  Rowen Poulain, Evie Heron, Benjamin McCarthy, Skye Warner, Karolina Lagodzinska, Sophie Bastow, Jess Bamsey, Tilly Watson, Sophie George, Alfie Lang, Zoe Manley, Lily Rogers,  Cody Mack, Kai Matthews, Megan Bird, Caitlyn Kirby, William Heron, Daryl Fortune,Chloe Nickels, Conner Lawrence, Sean Brown, Skye Milton-Jones, Jay Rich, , Molly Carter, Rebecca Willis, Zak Treleaven,


18.1.19 Silver

Silver : (not in order) Linda Aspbury, Mateusz Baczynski,  Oriana McCaul, William Howard,  William Hall, Katie Packer, Tyler Silvester

House Stars of the Week

Year 7

Brunel – Matylda Bednarska & Kieanna Fone

Christie – Charlotte Sweeney

Darwin – Freya Davies

Fawcett – Callum Oldham

Harrison – Ella Breheny

Kitson – May Connolly

Nearne – William Hemus

Pengelly – Jess Bamsey



Year 8

Brunel – Toby Leaver

Christie – Madelyn Palmer Kerslake

Darwin – Kayla Potts

Fawcett – Kezia Stanley

Harrison – Erin Colclough

Kitson – Ruby Pleass

Nearne – Sheldon Brown

Pengelly – Sam Foley


Year 9

Brunel – Macie Simmonds

Christie – Finley Paull

Darwin – Mya Edralin

Fawcett – Charlie Allen

Harrison – Kayleigh Wilson

Kitson – Jack Barrett

Nearne – Sian Burton

Pengelly – Benjamin Arscott


Building update


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18.1.19 Theatre 1

The steel structure is complete!  You can now see the shape our of new theatre and how well it fits into the school.  It will be a magnificent space!


New Dining Hall

18.1.19 Dining Room

There are fours weeks now until it is complete.  The plastering of the walls started today,