National Cup Success, Enterprise News & Pathways

Into the last 16!

ECFA National cup last 32 – Torquay Academy v Thomas Telford


Three years ago Mr Harries, Mr Hogg and Mr Grinsill visited Thomas Telford looking at their sport, especially football within the school before starting our own post 16 full-time programme. The setup and standards were outstanding and they came back after looking to get to that level here at TA and have the best football programme in the area that will be able to compete year on year at a national level.

This Wednesday we faced them in the national cup last 32 which is exactly what we have been working towards; to be in these stages every season.   The build-up to the game was slightly different as the players knew of the opposition as we had used them many times in describing where we want to be so it was a strange feeling for the lads.   The game lived up to the pre-hype and was a credit to both teams. The first 10 minutes was a nervy occasion while both teams tried to get hold of the game, a great attack down the right-hand side by the very lively Josh Parry set up Ben Clark to score.

After a positive 10 minutes, Olaf Koszela received the ball 25 yards out, beat two players before smashing a shot into the corner to make it 2-0. Telford them had the momentum for 5 minutes but we caught them on the counter to see Olaf race through into the box but a last-ditch tackle saw the ball break to Ben Clark who scored his second to make it 3-0. Just before the break, the Telford no.10 hit an outstanding free-kick into the top corner to bring it back to 3-1 at half time.

The second half started brightly for Telford and they scored a second from a corner to make it 3-2.  We dug deep and got hold of the game again and Cole Harford won the ball back on the edge of the area and hit his shot into the top corner to take it to 4-2.  In the final minutes, a clever ball from Harry Ford found Olaf in the box who calmly went around the defender with a trick and then rounded the keeper to finish.  The game ended 5-2.  It was a great performance and fully deserved!  The draw for the last 16 is today, we will find out who’s next later on.


Year 8 Pathways Evening

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We were delighted to welcome of Year 8s into school on Thursday evening for their Pathways Evening.  They had a presentation from Dr Hocking and the opportunity to speak to all of our subject heads.  It was an excellent evening.


Nuffield Research Placement Presentation

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Last week Rachel Delourme, from the Nuffield Foundation, visited TA to promote the Nuffield Research Placement Programme to our Year 12 students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.  The programme involves a four to six week paid research placement during the summer between Year 12 and 13 at a local university/company. Successful applicants will be able to gain an invaluable experience of carrying out research in their chosen field of interest before submitting their application to university.  Our very own Kyle Farrell, currently studying in Year 13, participated in the project last year and was on hand to give his account of the programme as well as answer any questions.

We would like to extend our thanks to Rachel for visiting TA, as well as Kyle for giving up his time to share his experience.  Further information about the programme can be found here –


Year 10 PPEs

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A fantastic show of determination by the Year 10s this week as they sat their first set of PPEs (pre public exams). During the next week,  students will be receiving their results where all their hard work and dedication to their school work and homework will be rewarded with the marks they deserve. We have been blown away by the maturity and professionalism they have shown this week. It is a lot of pressure but for all the right reasons, so they are less anxious in sitting their real exams in the summer of 2020. Well done Year 10 we are proud of you. Mrs Lancaster and Mrs Smith have had a busy week working with our students and ensuring the exam went without anynhitches.


Rise and Read

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This term has seen the continuation of our hugely successful rise and read intervention, where students come into the Academy early to participate in our brilliant shared reading experience. Not only do the students who attend genuinely develop a love of reading, but we also see a sharp rise in reading and writing levels as a result of the sessions.   It is run by our literacy experts and dedicated 6th form team who ensure that the experience is both rigorous and enjoyable.

We still have spaces available in both years 7 and 8. If you think this is something you would like your son or daughter to be part of, they simply need to pick up a letter from Miss Rowan or inform their tutor.


Enterprise Learning Area

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Highlights from the Enterprise Learning Area this week include build up to our forthcoming Lego Robotics competition, concrete moulding in A Level Product Design, the arrival of electric car parts for our Greenpower challenge from a generous sponsor EVParts and plenty of happy students who have cooked delicious healthy dishes!

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Team TA Sports Roundup

As the school progresses academically and the aspirations of students are raised, it is important that they are given the opportunities to develop in other areas as well, sport is one such area and this week we have seen our students perform very well on the County and National stages. Our Under 14 basketball team secured an excellent 35-31 victory over Uffculme Community College in the National League, which is a great achievement and shows how far they have come in terms of developing their basketball skills. These players, two of which are actually in Year 7, have been a pleasure to work with so far this season and there is a lot of basketball to play. The team comprises of: Year 9 Alfie Sams, George Cowell, Year 8 Freddie Kingdom, Xander Tostevin, Finley Burn, Ollie Laker, Silas Buckley, Sonny Houlahan, Alan Kumiega, Year 7Josh Thompson and Owen Woodcock.

Our year 7 basketball team are in Bristol next week playing in a National tournament at Bristol Met Academy, a bedrock of school basketball, so it will be interesting to see how we fair in that one.

In another National competition, our 1st XI were simply outstanding in their last 32 match in the National College Cup match against Thomas Telford School.  An excellent 5-2 victory over a school that is probably the best footballing school in the country was nothing short of amazing and testament to all the hard work that staff and pupils have put into the programme over the years. Just as pleasing on the day were the positive comments made by their accompanying staff after the game about not only the manner of our victory but also the way in which we hosted for the day and how our football is developing. You can learn a lot from teams like Thomas Telford in terms of how to be very humble in defeat, sometimes lost in football matches.

Our Year 8 boys team won their first round Devon Cup match 5-0 against what has traditionally been a strong Plymstock School side, so we are looking forward to see how they progress in that competition. On Sunday our Under 13 table tennis team consisting of Year 8 William Bevan, Bobby Western Year 7 Josh Thompson and William Howard represented Devon in the zonal finals of the National School Teams competition, this event is a stepping stone towards the national finals held later this year. Our boys were fantastic on the day and missed out on qualifying for the Nationals by the smallest of margins, indeed if results had gone our way in matches involving other schools playing against each other then we would have qualified. But to come away from the tournament disappointed but also pleased with our overall performance was more than we thought we would be at the beginning of the day. Again a fine example of mixing with the very best in school sport.


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Year 8 Football

The Year 8 boys football team travelled to Plymstock to play in the second round of the County Cup on Tuesday. The team put on their best performance of the season, to comfortably see off a good opponent 5-0. Liam Poole got the ball rolling with a rocket from 25 yards, before Daniel Green doubled the lead after good work by Owen Rose. Strong play by Isaac Astbury, followed by a clever pull back, soon set up Harley Sneap who finished smartly to round off a terrific first half from TA. A tidy finish by Finley Wood was then followed by Jack Howlett tucking away goal number 5 in the second half. Man of the Match – Liam Poole


Table Tennis

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Our Under 13 Table Tennis Team – Seen here prior to our win (on count back) against the formidable Millfield School.



Year 8 girls

The Year 8 Netball team attended the final Year 9 CVL of the year this week. The girls have been playing up a year group to gain more experience and push themselves. They got off to a flying start with a 3-2 win over Teignmouth. Next up was an extremely strong Teign side. The girls played well but unfortunately, Teign managed to capitalise on every loose ball meaning the end score was a 10-1 win to Teign. The team brushed off the defeat and continued to stay positive. Stover were the next opponents and the girls managed to win an impressive 6-2. Finally, the girls played Newton Abbott College, who dominated throughout, resulting in a 10-3 loss. Even though they were playing a year up the girls did themselves proud and were a credit to the school. Players of the match: Elisha x 2, Lilyella and Darcy


Year 7 Girls

On Tuesday the Year 7 netball team had a friendly against Teignmouth Community College. The girls got off to a strong defensive start meaning the score by the end of the first quarter was 0-0. Going into the second quarter the girls had a switch up of positions and this led to their first goal. By half time the score was 1-1. Unfortunately, the team had a slightly rocky third quarter which resulted in a 7-1 loss by the end. Going into the final quarter the girls gave a final push and played well as a team. They managed to win the last quarter 1-0 but that wasn’t enough to beat Teignmouth who won the game 7-2.
Player of the match Freya, Ellie C

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Two More Races for Hannah

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Saturday saw Hannah run strongly in the Devon Schools Cross Country Championships in the morning then switch on her head torch in the evening for her penultimate 2K Wildnight Run. The race ran alongside the River Erme, Ivybridge and didn’t disappoint with the expected muddy trail terrain! Hannah gave another determined performance to claim 1st girl finisher, 2nd overall. Great work Hannah!


Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Year 10 student  Reece Crichton has just been awarded his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award (and his Chief Scout Platinum Award from Bear Grylls).  He improved his Sailing Skills, attended Goal Keeper lessons and volunteered weekly at the local Scout Campsite as part of the service/groundskeeping crew.  Great achievement, Reece, well done!


Students of the Week

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Students of the week this week are: Holly Smith, Cameron Smith, Jaydn Cooper, Luke Selley, Aston Hutchings


Principal Certificates

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Bronze : (not in order) Jamie Nunn , Kye Wren, Archie Cox, Klara Cornforth, Bobbie Royal, Isabel Blamey, Ethan Phillips, Coral Rogers, Harrison Spurle, Ellie Chammings, Heidi Wright, Toby Morris, Lily-Anne Winterton, Georgia Smith, Redd Benson, Maddison Harvey, Madelyn Palmer-Kerslake, Archie Hughes, Erin Colclough, Olivia Kenyon, Troy Riley, Poppy Holloway,Cody Lidster, Connor Leonard, Izabelle Pollard, Alfie Sams, Michael Brooker, Ellie Knowles, Keona Pather, Tia Alcock Burness, Harvey Kendall, Louis Mellitt, Scott Rhodes, Mya Edralin, Esther Cox, Rhys Huxtable, Hannah Vizcaino, Brooke McCann, Azize Isufi, Charlie Clarke, Rowan Griffiths-Stirzaker, Joshua Hayman, Zak Ellis, Leach McDonald 


25.1.19 Silver

Silver : (not in order) William Reed, Melissa Arscott, Charlotte Sweeney, Riley Isaac, Evan Kinghorn, Robbie Wright, Karl McMahon, Fin Gaisford, Lily-May Bruton, Joshua Furze, Adam Pac, Maddy Brewer, Ocean Latto, Kelsey Cresser 



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Gold: Harley Sneap, Phoebe Lown 



House Stars of the Week

Year 7

Brunel –

Christie – Max Beer

Darwin – Joseph Oborn

Fawcett – Samuel Sherwood

Harrison – Samuel Charman

Kitson – Summer Mansell

Nearne – Erin Pound

Pengelly – Karl McMahon



Year 8

Brunel –

Christie – Mya Green

Darwin – Scarlet West

Fawcett – Jack Howlett

Harrison – Caitlin Kirby

Kitson – Teah Gaisford

Nearne – Laila Browne

Pengelly – Holly Bastow


Year 9

Brunel – Graham Mitchell

Christie – Rhys Huxtable

Darwin – Tia Dorling

Fawcett –

Harrison – Ethan Hewitt

Kitson – Thomas Porter

Nearne – Rory Dooley

Pengelly – Connor Lawrence


Building update


This week has seen the block work being laid that will support the flooring which is due to be delivered in early February.