Creative Arts Festival , Art and Sporting Excellence

It has been a very busy week this week with a vast array of different activities and events taking place.  This is a fitting end to an extremely positive year at Torquay Academy,  with students and staff alike looking forward to a well earned break.

TA Creative Arts Festival




School history was made on the 7th of July 2016, as the first ever Torquay Academy Creative Arts Festival was held – hopefully the first of many. This phenomenal event was composed by the Creative Arts Department, the Year 12 Music Technology/Performance students, the school’s Head Boys, Girls and Deputies, and many of the Heads of Houses. The Year 12 music group were assigned a marketing unit by Miss Pappin to complete, where they had to organise a successful event – they certainly achieved that!  As a huge development from the annual Creative Arts Extravaganza, a new bar has been declared, as we have made our summer event profusely bigger and better. Over 1000 students, parents and teachers came to support what will be the talk of the school for a long time. As well as our immensely talented students performing on the main stage, there was a beautiful Art and Photography Exhibition winding through the school, as dedicated Sixth form students and other helpers captained the many stalls dotted around. There was face printing, a raffle, merchandise, drinks, cakes, sweets, and most importantly: a highly successful BBQ.  Although the whole festival was definitely a school highlight, some of the most outstanding performances include Noah Johnson’s slot of ‘Out of the Black’, the Year 10’s ‘Paradise’ performance,  and Year 12 band Driftwood’s opening and closing set.  It was a day to be remembered, and pushes the already soaring popularity of the pumping heart of Torquay Academy: the Creative Arts Department.

Written by Year 12 Music Technology student, Chelsea Peter.


Swimming Gala


We held our first swimming gala at TA today.  It was a brilliant House event organised by Mr Welsh at Plainmoor Swimming Pool.  There were some brilliant individual performances from many talented swimmers and others who were determined to score points for their house.  Congratulations to everyone who took part.



Sports Day

Tuesday saw our students participating in Sports Day, everyone had a fantastic time with a brilliant effort made by all who took part.  A special thanks to all staff who made everything go smoothly, I am glad to say that the weather was perfect for a perfect day.   Well done to all who won their events.  The day ended with a PE staff race that was won by Mr Grinsill – Mr Jones came 6th.  Please watch the video below…

Sports Celebration Evening

A fitting culmination to an exciting year in the PE department was held on Tuesday evening with our annual Sports Awards Evening. Over 250 excited and extremely proud pupils and parents filled the assembly hall, hoping to pick up the top honour in their nominated categories. Hosted by the fabulous Sixth formers Elley Croft and Will Mellitt, it was an eclectic mix of performances, speeches, poems and videos. It really is a difficult process for the PE department to choose nominations and eventual winners, as we have such a plethora of talent within our school across a multitude of Sports. Badminton to Basketball, Rugby to Dance, Tae-kwondo to Football and many more of our finest athletes were honoured and thanked for a fantastic year in Sport. All fully deserved to be there, and huge congratulations to all nominees, you have a great deal to be proud of and the PE department  Thanks you for your valuable input, commitment and dedication to school sport. However winners had to be chosen and here are this years PE sports Awards Winners:
Attitude to PE – YR 7 Ronnie Wilder
Young Leader- YR 10 Georgia Large
Contribution to Sport- YR 11 Bailey Clarke
Sportsmanship- Niccolo Guastella
Individual Performance – YR 11 Beth Rook
KS3 Girl – YR 7 Georgia Davies
KS4 Boy- YR 7 Ryley Steele
KS4 Girl-YR 10 Milly Bastow
KS4 Boy – YR 10 Jack Bell
KS5 – YR 12 Connor Thompson
Team of the Year – YR 9 Football Team
We are looking forward to 2016/17 already and all the exciting talent that is yet to be created !!



Many congratulation to the students below who have won Colours badges for their achievement and commitment in Performing Arts and Sport.

Sports Colours


Poppy Bell
Ella Squibb
Kasey Dickson
Ella May-Peterson
Gracie Bradbury
Georgia Davies
Ryan Wilson
Sam Carroll
Hayden Rowe
Krisjanis Rumnieks
Ethan Boness Lewis
Anna Duffen
Chloe Bevan
Ella Squib
Izzy Minty
Scott Taylor
Jude Boyle
Ryley Steele
Matthew Leighton


Joe Belsten
Joe Constantinou
Cole Harford
Jack Bell
Joshua Hurrel
Olaf Koszela
Josh Nicol
Ollie Mason
Jack Lavercombe


Performing Arts


Evie Billing
Samantha Gourlay
Reece Whitehouse
Joe Hedworth
Noah Johnson
Ethan Tanner
Robert Green
Lennon Berryman
Alexander Corbett
Ollie Mellit
Alex Jones
Jessica Mitchell
Amber Kennard
Kaysha Andringa
Ellie-Mae Peterson
Silbury Peakman
Thomas Huitema
Shannon Banks
Mark Routledge
James McDowall
Charlotte Povey
Rocco Hamblin-Furse
Charlie Gouldthorpe
Kacie Milton
Kasey Dickson


Cameron Westwood
Em Gale
William Myers-O’Keefe
Shannon Brown
Rae Herbert
Brad Mellish
Ashley Stott
Emily Haddon
Amelia Bastow


Chelsea Peter
Dan Williams
Harvey Comer
Thomas Neale
George Full

Year 6 Induction Day

Students from our feeder schools who will be joining us in September came into school on Thursday for their Induction Day.  Students enjoyed a full day of different activities in and around the school to prepare them for their transition in September.   We look forward to welcoming them all as part of the Academy community in September.


Year 5 Parents Evening

I welcomed Year 5 Parents into school on Wednesday evening so that I could share information about the wonderful facilities that we have here at the school.  During the summer term we have had Year 5 students in school for a taste of life at Torquay Academy.  After watching a power point and listening to my talk, parents left with information which,  I am sure,  will  reaffirm that Torquay Academy is the place where they would like their children to be when they leave their junior schools.


 Cake Sale

8.7.16 Cake Sale8.7.16 Cake Sale

Thank you so much to all the staff and students who supported TA’s coffee morning for Rowcroft. We sold a selection of homemade cakes and scones at break time and lunch, raising over fifty pounds for our local charities The Year 10 and 12 Health and Early Years students were absolutely brilliant, working tirelessly to ensure that every last one was purchased and consumed.

Students of the Week

 8.7.16 Students of the Week

Students of the week pictured with me this week are :Jordan Saunders, Joe Croft, Ellis Clarke, Amelia Bastow, Roisin Payne



8.7.16 Fairfields Masks

Fairfields 2 students have been doing a project on masks, we discussed how people act in different situations and put on different ‘masks’ depending on who they are with, what they are doing or if they’re just hiding or even showing how they’re really feeling. They were asked to create their own mask that they would use when they wanted to hide or show how they were really feeling but didn’t know how. There are a wide range of different ones none the same. The students enjoyed doing these and gave it a lot of thought. You will notice quite a few were influenced by super heroes !!




8.7.16 Lexia 2

As another successful year of Lexia draws to a close we would like to congratulate all the students whose hard work and dedication have seen them complete all five levels of the Lexia programme.
Lexia helps the students improve their literacy levels, by teaching skills ranging from short and long vowels to Latin and Anglo-Saxon. Completion of the programme requires a lot of hard work and the students who have achieved this, can take pride in a job well done. Pictured are some of the successful finishing students, congratulations to all of them.

Last Student Blog

Looking Back at Year 7
Year 7: although it was sometimes stressful, I enjoyed it because I learnt a lot of things. In science, for example, we have learnt a lot about energy!
Aisa Kana (Year 7)
This Year was fun and we’ve learnt lots. We also survived four sets of assessment weeks and all the homework! I enjoyed this year – thank you teachers!
Leilah Poulain (Year 7)