Beach, moor, climbing, Maths challenge and lots of effort

Geography Field Trip

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On Friday 16th November the Year 10 geographers, along with the geography department and other staff, braved the elements for their GCSE physical fieldwork at Slapton Sands. Students measured sediment size and beach profile as well as studying the sea defences in this location and drawing field sketches. The data will be used to investigate the title ‘Sediment will be smaller towards the north of Slapton Sands’. We were lucky enough to get the data collected and tasks completed before the mist set in.


Ten Tors

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Ten Tors has got off to another successful start with considerable interest shown in the two 35 mile teams. As a result, we had to rerun our initial event so everyone could have a walk and experience what they are signing up to. This is a group having lunch sheltering behind Bonehill rocks. The east wind was taking the temperature down to around 0 degrees.

This week over 50 parents and students came in for the Ten Tors parents’ evening where we discussed the new kit list and food for the training. Considerable thought has gone into this as kit can be expensive but the use of modern kit will make things safer. The food briefing is an important addition this year to make sure that everyone is aware of the type of food which works well. Students can burn up to twice as many calories while out in hostile weather so putting the right food in will have a significant impact on their performance.

The next walk will take place on the North Moor and include elements of navigation, teamwork and training in how to survive if the conditions become challenging.  I would like to thank the team of staff for volunteering to come out again and make the Ten Tors experience real for a considerable number of students.


Senior Maths Challenge

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Our Sixth Form mathematicians competed in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge last week. This is a national competition consisting of challenging multiple choice questions with negative marking for incorrect solutions. The competition is geared towards finding the UK’s top mathematicians to compete as a team in the International Mathematics Olympiad.  26 of our mathematicians sat the challenge and did extremely well gaining 5 Bronze and 2 Gold awards between them. Bronze certificates were awarded to Dominic Ho, Josh Adamson, Tom Gabl, Luke Selley and Lewis Rusby. Gold certificates were awarded to Jacob Johnson and Kyle Farrell.

An extra special mention goes to Kyle and Jacob who have both been invited to compete in the various second rounds on Friday 30th November with Jacob being placed in the top 1000 students across the UK.  Well done to all who competed and good luck to Jacob and Kyle with the follow up round.


Enterprise Twitter update

Here’s another weekly round-up of all the wonderful things going on in our Enterprise Learning Area. Highlights include celebrating Courtney’s National Award in Automotive Engineering, A Level Product Design laminated salad servers, high-level attainment in Construction, Health & Social Care Super Teaching Week activities, making pizzas with Year 8, fantastic robotics programming and much more!

If you haven’t already, please follow @Enterprise_TA on Twitter to keep right up to date with all the action!


Top Effort

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The effort boards show students’ average effort grade from their attendance, behaviour and readiness to learn, homework, and mindset for learning. I was particularly pleased to see that this time there is a far greater number of students achieving the top grades, which means more and more students are putting in excellent effort day in, day out.


Perfect 1

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The students pictured with me have achieved Perfect 1 scores on the Top Effort boards, excellent achievement and well done to : Caitlin Kirby, Boris Pugh, Azize Isufi, Noah Handford, Tom Brown, Rebecca Hall


Lucas Macfie-Jones

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We are very proud of Lucas who took part in this year’s remembrance parade in Torquay.


Lexia Finisher

Libby Marshall

This week has seen our second student of the year complete Lexia. Libby-Marie Marshall (Year 8) has worked very hard to complete all five levels of the Lexia program, learning lots of new literacy skills along the way that will benefit her learning in all her subjects throughout the school.  Congratulations, Libby-Marie!


Raffle Winners

Raffle - Lucas and Coral

Every week students working on Lexia are tasked with trying to reach a target of 10 units a week during their intervention lessons. Every student who reaches this target then receives a raffle ticket and a chance to win the Lexia prize raffle drawn each cycle.  As with any raffle, the more tickets in the draw the better chance of winning, so plenty of hard work and dedication is needed.  Pictured are the lucky winners from cycle 1, Lucas Washbrook (Year 7) and Coral Sanderson (Year 8) who each won a reading book and a box of chocolates. Well done to them both.


Team TA Sports Roundup


 South Devon Cross Country Championships

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15 of our students travelled to Stover last week to compete the South Devon cross country championships. They students competed against the very best in the area and produced some fantastic results. Each race had about 80-90 competitors. The year 7’s raced first with Reef Beer finishing 3rd and Will Harrison finishing 8th for the boys. Hannah Carr finished 5th for the girls.
Years 8 and 9 raced in the same category and competed against each other. Emma Harrison finished 2nd for the girls and Caitlin Graham finished 19th. Issac Astbury finished an impressive 8th for the boys as a year 8 in an 8’s/9’s race.
The top 20 in each race have qualified to represent South Devon on Saturday 19th January at Stover.

House Climbing Competition

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On Wednesday, TA’s years 7’s and 8’s travelled to Exeter Clip and Climb to participate in our first ever house climbing competition. Each house had 1 boy and 1 girl selected to represent them on the day.   Exeter’s climbing centre offered us a range of 25 different climbing walls that competitors could practice on before taking to the speed wall where the timed assent was completed for the competition.  TA is having its very own climbing wall installed on the back of our new theatre currently being constructed. Next year there will be lots more climbing events to come!

Congratulations to all who competed as you have gained house points. Our medalists were:

Year 7 Boys
Gold-Jack Alcock
Silver-Kingsley Tarrent
Bronze-Steven Jeffs

Year 7 Girls
Gold-Mia Denby
Silver-Georgia Jones
Bronze- Melissa Arscott

Year 8 Boys
Gold-Issac Astbury
Silver-William Bevan
Bronze-Ben Eales

Year 8 Girls
Gold-Elizabeth Cameron
Silver-Isabel Watkins
Bronze-Lily Rogers

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Year 10 through to Round 4 of the National Cup

On Monday the Year 10 Football team made it through to round four of the National Cup after a good win against Ivybridge.  Whenever you play Ivybridge at football you know you are in for a tough game.  That was exactly the case on Monday but the Year 10 team showed much more desire and passion to run out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Reece Shaw and a two from Will Makinson.  TA will be home in the next round with their opponents still to be decided.

Second 11 too strong for unbeaten Petroc College

On Wednesday the second 11 travelled to North Devon to face an unbeaten Petroc side.  The pitch can only be described as a postage stamp on a hill!  It was clear to see that Petroc were going to play direct.  TA, however, dominated the game from start to finish playing simple and effective one and two touch football to run out comfortable 9-0 winners.  The goals came from Josh Parry x4, Harrison Beer x2, Jordan Bastow, Josh Baxter and Jake Self.  The second 11 will now be playing John Madjeski School from Reading at home in their next game which is in the last 16 of the National Cup for B teams.


ECFA National Cup – 1st Team

On Wednesday our 1st team played Callywith College in the Colleges national cup, we started slowly and Callywith took the lead after 5 minutes.

This shocked us into a change for the better and once we switched on and got back to the standards expected our football again was great to watch. We dominated the next 40 minutes with our build-up play and attacking threat which was unstoppable with 4 goals, Cole Harford on 10 minutes, Olaf Koszela on 20 minutes, Alfie Edwards on 25 minutes and Jamie Passmore on 39 minutes.

Going in 4-1 up at half time was pleasing especially as we were able to keep the pressure on after a long stoppage due to striker Zack Chalmers-Wood splitting his eyebrow open in a clash of heads from an aerial duel. Zack went off to A&E to get it stitched up and I can confirm he was back in today looking ok showing the boys a before and after picture.

The second half was a very messy 45 minutes with the weather turning on us, pelting us with rain then hail.  The wind also was a huge factor as it picked up throughout the second half.

Callywith threw everything at us chasing the game and to their credit didn’t stop working.  They scored a goal on 60 minutes which gave them some hope but we changed our shape and saw the game out to move into the next round 4-2 winners.

With games coming thick and fast we move into the Schools’ National Cup next week v Tavistock



On Monday the Year 8 Netball team visited Paignton for their Central Venue League. The girls played the best they have all season and won every game convincingly.  Up first they took on St Cuthbert where they began slowly but found their flow after half time. The final result was 8-0 and the player of the match was Ella.  The second game saw the girls take on Dawlish where they showcased brilliant through court play alongside some top shooting. The final score was 8-3 and the player of the match was Elisha.  Finally, the team played against Totnes Progressive. The girls continued their winning streak and with some amazing defending were able to keep a clean sheet. The final score was 12-0 and Elisha won player of the match again.
Well done, girls, good work!



Students of the Week

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Students of the Week pictured with me are: Caitlin Kirby, Rebacca Hall, Kole Gjikolaj, Leilah Poulain, Sam Robinson


Growth Mindset

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Students  who have achieved Growth Mindset badge for Cycle 1 (not in order)

Y7 : Freya Davies, Phoebe Lown, , Leo Murray, Gabriel Prior

Y8 : Maddy Brewer, Sofia Evans, Amber Hollings, Caitlin Kirby, Boris Pugh

Y9 : Michael Brooker, Thomas Brown, Kelsey Cresser, Noah Handford, Leo Hill, Azize Isufi, Conner Lawrence

Y10 : Mateusz Baczynski, Lottie Denning, Leilah Poulain, Beau Giles, Lauren Howells, Aisa Kana, Daisy Poole-Crampton, Cloe Stone

Y11 : Rebecca Hall, Noah Johnson, Hannah Mabbutt, Zane Sibiya, Maddie Wannell

House Stars of the Week

Year 7

Brunel – Hayden Gibson-Roche

Christie – Phoebe Asplen

Darwin – Jemima Holt

Fawcett – Danny Dryden

Harrison – William Hilton

Kitson – Charlie Stevens

Nearne – Nikita Howells

Pengelly – Gabriel Prior

Year 8

Brunel – Beth Stockton

Christie – Rebecca Lovegrove

Darwin – Alyssa West

Fawcett – Boris Pugh

Harrison – Harry Timblin

Kitson – Maddison Harvey

Nearne –

Pengelly – Holly Smith

Year 9

Brunel – Izabelle Pollard

Christie – Kelsey Cresser

Darwin – Matthew Winyard

Fawcett – Chloe Nicols

Harrison – Stella Swift

Kitson – Nathan Wells

Nearne – Thomas Brown

Pengelly – Azize Isufi


Building Update

23.11.18 Building Update


Picture above shows the progress of the new dining hall extension.