A music gig, new shorts for summer & recycling

Year 12 music students gig


Last night our year 12 music students performed to a packed Malloys Bar in St Marychurch.  Three bands each performed a brilliant set of classic and modern tunes.  It was such a privilege to see how confidently they performed in their first public gig.  They are all so talented!


TA v plastic

In my end of term assembly today I spoke to the school about how TA will be aiming to significantly reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.  Over the Easter holidays, we will be installing new bins around the school for mixed recycling and general waste.  As part of the assembly, I showed the school a video produced by our national championship winning robotics team where they outline the impact plastics are having on our oceans.  This video is based upon the presentation that they gave to the judges in Birmingham at the national finals.

I hope this will significantly increase the number of plastic bottles that we recycle.


National Champions video

This video gives you a flavour of the challnges that our students have to overcome in order to be crowned national champions.


TA from the skies

Our national championship winning robotics team took charge of the TA drone to capture some footage of our amazing campus.


 New Shorts for Summer

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I have been asked many times by students if we can adjust the uniform in the summer to make it more comfortable. The most common comment is from the boys who are envious of the girls being able to wear skirts which are far more comfortable in hot weather.  I am pleased to say that we are going to offer the opportunity for shorts to be part of a summer uniform that can only be worn from Easter until October half term. The rules regarding wearing shorts will be the same as for the girls wearing skirts:

• The only shorts that are allowed can be purchased from Riviera Schooldays.
• They must be worn with plain black socks and normal shoes.
• The rest of the uniform is to be worn as normal with shirts tucked in.

Shorts will be available for trying on from Riviera Schooldays from the beginning of the Easter holidays.

I am aware that I have probably jinxed us with the worst summer on record with this decision; if that occurs I apologise!


NMiTE Award for TA at Big Bang Event

5.4.19 Angus Graham

NMiTE (New Model in Technology and Engineering) is an initiative backed by government, educators (including the University of Warwick) and industry, to transform engineering education in Britain. Located in Hereford, NMiTE aims to be the city’s first University.  The aim of the NMiTE Ingenuity Studio programme is to inspire a new passion for engineering as a lifelong career, beginning with becoming an engineer at NMiTE. Creating opportunities for young people to participate in exciting and innovative problem-solving projects, Studio 1 is a high-tech studio created from a refurbished shipping container. It houses an array of lab-style and low-tech equipment. Ingenuity Studio reflects NMiTE’s unique approach to teaching and learning designed by our academic educators and delivered by Studio Facilitators.

Studio 1 provides young people with an experience of studying towards a career in engineering through the exploration of ideas, design and making in a very practical sense. Ingenuity Studio is kindly supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

The Engineers nominated one school who made the most significant contribution to the big idea board. We are pleased to announce that the winning design was submitted by Angus Graham, Year 8, from Torquay Academy who came up with an ingenuous method of sensing rising flood levels using a float within an underwater inlet. Daisy Hung, one of the Engineers on the team selecting the design, states “Angus’ design is particularly striking as it incorporates an original method of capturing the data. At flood risk level, a float touches a button which triggers a message to be sent to a Raspberry Pi connected, via the internet, to a resident’s smart phone.” Congratulation to both Angus and Torquay Academy. We really look forward to seeing your own real-world engineering challenge films.



Ten Tors

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After a successful camp we cut this weekend a little shorter… in some ways. Rather than a full weekend camping our students faced a full day walk with all their equipment followed by 2 hours of night navigation on the moor finishing for two groups at appropriately chosen Black Tor. All of the teams could end up walking in darkness, especially the 45 mile team for whom it is a strategic choice they can make. All of the students showed their determination and once off the beaten track fell oddly silent, perhaps subdued by the total darkness and need to rely on their navigation skills. Either that or the threat of a badger attack… More photos can be found on @OutdooredTA on twitter.



Exciting Times Ahead in Science


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We have just launched our new You tube channel in Science. We are starting to upload revision videos to start with and then in the future we hope to show great ways to revise including how to make mind maps, flash cards and how to answer exam questions. If you would like to subscribe then follow the link:


or just look up Torquay Academy Science.


Lexia Raffle Winner

5.4.19 Dakota Robinson

This week we awarded the prize in the Lexia raffle to the lucky winner, Dakota Robinson in year 8.

All students working on the Lexia program are set a target to achieve 10 units each week, every student that meets this target gets entered into the raffle with a chance to win the grand prize at the end of each learning cycle.  Dakota has worked very hard during the last few weeks, not only meeting her weekly target but on one occasion managing to earn 52 units in one week. This dedication and hard work will help Dakota improve her literacy skills and understanding, as well as making her a worthy raffle winner.



Sparx Maths

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Students who have achieved Level 1 Sparx Maths with me and Miss Nock : (not in order) Sophie Denison, Josh Thompson,Leo Murray, Kole Gjikolaj, Harrison Clarke, Ellie Denby, Hayden Gibson-Roche, Georgia Jones, Jamie Nunn, Benjamin Woolley, Hannah Carr, Baily Moore



Students of the Week

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Students of the Week this week are : Isabella Spurle, Boris Pugh, Hollie hand, Aisa Kana, Emily Hammond


Principal Certificates

5.4.19 Bronze

Bronze: (not in order) Baily Moore, Benjamin Woolley, Orlando Tuci, Lily-Rae Hooper, Thomas Collins, Matylda Bednarska, Aiden Bovey, Jessica Hutchinson, Samuel Davies-Miles, Anya Griffith, Charlie Fox, Pierce Gerring, Paradis Shears, Bobby Western, Alfie Summerfield, Ella Sandbrook, Tyler Urch, Emily Hunt, Luis Vizcaino, Hayley Batt, Millie Ashby-Rosie, Ellis Clark, Jack Parker, Samuel Harris, Poppy Lawler, Daisy Poole-Crampton



5.4.19 Silver

Silver: (not in order) Monica Mitula, Charlie Stevens, Ed Fogarty, Megan Dorling, Olivia Painter, Nikita Howells, Thomas Beazley,Lilly-May Bond, Lily Unsworth, Angel Mckenna, Sam Foley, Mia Burton, Mason McCarthy-Payne, Harvey Kendall, Scott Rhodes, Brooke McCann, Kimberley Taylor, Leah Chappell,Charlie Clarke, Cameron Smith, Joshua Poston



5.4.19 Gold

Gold (not in order)  Tyler Bayliss, Nikodem Piasecki, Fin Gaisford, Oscar Bidmead, Ellie Holloway, Niamh Dolan, Owen Morgan


Governor Certificates

5.4.19 Gov Bronze

Bronze : (not in order)  Karl McMahon, Tyler Silvester, William Hall, Katie Packer, Mateusz Baczynski


5.4.19 Gov Silver

 Silver :  Boris Pugh



House Stars of the Week

Year 7

Brunel –

Christie – Tilly Watson

Darwin – Freya Davies

Fawcett – Jeb Whatley

Harrison – Kye Wren

Kitson – Skye Warner

Nearne – Aidan Bovey

Pengelly – Ella Ryan


Year 8

Brunel –

Christie – Chloe Hunter

Darwin – George Prew

Fawcett – Marissa Murray

Harrison – Grace Gray

Kitson – Harrison Peart

Nearne – Jessica Smith

Pengelly – Katie Taylor


Year 9

Brunel – Amy Woolacott

Christie – Abbie Saunders

Darwin – Charlie Moore

Fawcett – Megan Smith

Harrison – Sam Robinson

Kitson – Benjamin Aldous

Nearne – Tyler Potter

Pengelly – Cain Lees




Junior Bake Off


We have been contacted by Love Productions to advertise the fact they are looking for junior bakers.  See the information below and the clickable web link.

I am contacting you from the television production company Love Productions- the team behind the UK’s much loved baking show The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee. We are delighted to announce that a 5th Series of JUNIOR BAKE OFF IS COMING BACK and applications are now open for this new Channel 4 show!

We are looking for talented young bakers between 9 -15 years old. Filming would take place from late July 2019 and our applications close Monday 6th May 2019. It would be very much appreciated if you could help us spread the word!

If you have any budding young bakers in your Food Tech classes that you think should apply then please do encourage them to visit our application website: WWW.APPLYFORJUNIORBAKEOFF.CO.UK

Please do not hesitate to get in contact  by telephone (0207 067 4837) or email @ Charlotte.Beck@loveproductions.co.uk if you have any questions or wish to discuss this in more detail.




Devon Junior Chef of the Year and South West Junior Chef of the Year 2019

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Entries are now open until Thursday 23rd May 2019

This competition, open to young cooks aged 11-16, is part of the wider South West Chef of the Year competition which comprises five entry categories for professional and amateur cooks.

The Junior Chef category aims to help young people to further develop their confidence and skills in the kitchen and provides young cooks with an opportunity to learn from some of the South West’s top chefs, opening the doors to the region’s leading kitchens. The Junior Chef category is sponsored by Michael Caines MBE and Lympstone Manor.   A county final will be held in each of the six counties of the South West and so one young cook will initially be crowned Devon Junior Chef of the Year before going on to meet all other county winners in the South West final.   Entrants are asked to submit their recipe for a main course dish to serve two people using principally locally-sourced ingredients – a chance to demonstrate their understanding of the wonderful array of ingredients available on our doorstep!

Selected entrants will be invited to prepare and present their dish in 90 minutes for our judges at a catering college in their own county initially during July. The winner in each county will then receive mentoring from one of our judges, providing them with invaluable experience of a working kitchen and helping them to tweak and enhance their dish, in preparation for the South West final in October.

The Devon final will take place on Thursday 4th July at Exeter College from 3.00pm and will be judged by:

Mark Dodson, Chef Proprietor, The Masons Arms, Knowstone
Scott Paton, Head Chef, Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plympton

The Devon winner will benefit from mentoring with Mark Dodson at The Masons Arms, Knowstone, in advance of the final.

Our judges will select the entrants to invite to the county final based on their recipe. They will be looking for an accomplished level of skill considering the age of the entrant; a recipe that contains a good balance of ingredients and creativity; and good use of locally sourced ingredients.

Further details can be found on our website at https://www.southwestchef.co.uk/junior-chef-winner-2018/ .  Entries can be submitted via the online entry form on our website and you will find a link on this same page.

Entrants must be aged 11-16 years and still attending school in year 11 or below on the date of the final (5th October 2019).



Building Update

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It is starting to feel more and more like a building now.  Walls are going up and windows have been installed.