PSHE day, our Christmas card and an open evening…

Mufti Day

Mufti Day is on Tuesday 13th December.  Anyone who takes part will need to bring in £1 for the school’s chosen charity.


For the second of our PSHE days the Year 7 continued their study of mental and physical wellbeing. We had sessions on physical health, such as the importance of keeping clean, an overview on drugs and also sessions run by Andy Dunn on the importance of being ourselves and what can be a barrier to that. Checkpoint came in to signpost their services to our students. We also had a theatre company showing the consequences of alcohol misuse.

The other students all looked at extremism and the issues that can lead to radicalisation. Year 8 built on previous work done on emotional health and also used ‘kudos’ to start identifying pathways for their future careers.

Year 9 students also had a range of visitors. Checkpoint also worked with this Year group. The PCSOs ran sessions on sexting and Proud2be looked at difference and diversity. This Year group also explored the different career routes available to them.

The theatre group repeated their production and workshops with the Year 10 tutor groups. Students also looked at sexting and the problems of sharing images on line and how this can leave them vulnerable to being ‘groomed’. We also looked at ways of negotiating within relationships.



Students are the Stars of the Show!
Sixth form Open Evening – 1st December 2016

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Last Thursday was our Sixth Form Open Evening. The aim of the event was to give Year 11 students access to information about the broad range of courses available to study here as well as a ‘taste’ into what life is like in our expanding Sixth Form.

The choice students make about which path to take at the end of Year 11 will influence the future direction of their life. It is a critical decision. Here, at Torquay Academy, we believe that our Sixth Form offers students an atmosphere of high standards and expectations that is designed to ensure exam success and help students become independent thinkers and learners – not only through their main examination courses but also through the acquisition of key skills, involvement in extra-curricular activities and a highly effective tutorial support and guidance structure.

Many of our Sixth Form students volunteered to help out for this evening, which, in itself, speaks volumes about how passionate and committed they feel about the Sixth Form here. Students represented each subject, served teas and coffees, acted as ‘hosts’ for the evening and even presented in front of the large crowd of parents and children about their experiences. Despite some initial nerves, they performed remarkably.

Each student was a credit to the school. Without them, the evening would not have been anywhere near as successful as it was.


TA Christmas Card


This year’s school Christmas card features a painting by Sharon Chiang, Year 13.  This beautiful piece of work has been recreated on the front of our card.  Thank you, Sharon.


Jake Achieves Army Cadets’ Radio Users Badge

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On the weekend of November 26th and 27th, Jake Major, 9F completed a series of tasks to achieve his Army Cadets’ Radio Users Badge.  Jake, a member of Torquay Army Cadets, participated in eight hours of training with activities including learning how to use codes, give information on location and the use of the phonetic alphabet.  A particular highlight for Jake was the opportunity to use the Army communication radios.  At the end of the day Jake had to complete a written exam, achieving a respectable 31/38.  Well done Jake.



Sports Roundup


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The Year 8s had their last game of the season on Tuesday with an away game at Brixham. After taking an early lead the game finished in a 20-20 draw. It’s been a great season for the Year 8s again. They have played in the premier schools league for the first time and more than held their own with only 1 narrow loss against South Dartmoor. They have also won the emerging schools championships. From the starting 13 we now have 10 students who represent Torquay Rugby Club every week. This is a great achievement considering last September, when they came to Torquay Academy as Year 7s, a lot of them had never played rugby!! A big thank you to Jason Crocker and Lewis Paterson for all your hard work and commitment to the team this season.


 Students of the Week

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Students of the Week pictured with me are :  James McDowall,  Aleksandra Borysiak, Adam Warner, Tyler Urch.   Thomas White also nominated but not in photo due to illness.


Principal Certificates

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I was pleased to award Principal Bronze Certificates and bronze badges to the following students for achieving 100 praise points:  With me in the picture are : Emma Harrison,  Rhyanna Lewis,  Ellis Knowles and Morgan Tout.