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Wednesday 1st December 2021

Competition to design a Christmas card for the school to use this year.

Designs on A4 paper.

Closing date for entries is Thursday 9th December.

Hand entries to Miss Mudge in the Artroom.

Monday 29th November 2021

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2021

We have just been informed that Atlantic Academy raised the highest amount in the local area for this years appeal.

Poppy appeal donation money

Monday 29th November 2021

We look forward to welcoming Amanda Parkin from Petroc this week, to work with our Year 11 students as part of the RHSE and careers programme here at Atlantic Academy. This week's focus is on recognising your 'stress bucket' and how Year 11 students can be proactive in managing their workload to manage their stress. Following Year 11 mock exams last week, this is very topical and students are looking forward to this.

The following weeks will also welcome Next Steps South West to prepare students for College, apprenticeship and work interviews through developing their employability and interview skills.

Overview of Expenditure and Attendance

Between 9th August 2021 and 13th August 2021, we were pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to attend a Summer School, including those transitioning to us in September.

The aims of the Summer School were to enable students to feel confident about joining the Academy, help them to meet and make new friends, meet staff, work alongside current students, familiarise themselves with the site and for those moving into Year 8 to provide additional opportunities and experiences that were not possible whilst working in Hubs.

Last year’s Year 7 students/new students had not had a chance to work in specialist classrooms or familiarise themselves with the College site. We hoped that the Summer Schools would support their transition and remove any anxiety after an interrupted year. The Summer School offered a wide variety of activities over the course of the week.

Atlantic Academy Summer School 2021 Website Summary.pdf

Summer School set to go!

We are looking forward to welcoming all participants to our summer school, which runs from Monday 9th August to Friday 13th, 8.30am to 2.30pm. With a range of activities, students from our new Year 7's, 8's and 9's will enjoy a busy week. From samba to tapas, team building to science experiments, there is lots to enjoy. Check out our facebook page for updates during the week.

Please remember to bring your packed lunch and get ready to enjoy the fun.

Inspiring future leaders!

in response to the question posed by the South West Business Council, 'What do our future leaders want from the G7?', Bella Dash represented Atlantic Academy at their quarterly conference today. The online event hosted business and community leaders from across the South West, with lively debates on key topics including transforming education and protecting the environment. Whilst nervous before the event, Bella contributed student views with passion and eloquence. "I am incredibly happy and proud that participants listened to my opinion, and cared about the issues which matter to students. I am now inspired and motivated to get involved in future activities, and am looking into Youth Council and other opportunities to ensure that our voices are heard, particularly when considering environmental issues and the value of education".

students painting

Congratulations to Lucy Annal!

We are so delighted that Lucy Annal’s beautiful painting of Malala Yousafzai entitled “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced” has been chosen to be in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition this year. Lucy painted it as part of our inspiring teenagers project.

Congratulations to our Art and Photography students!

This year we are very excited to have a number of our Art and Photography students entering the competition for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show. They have all worked very hard and created some outstanding work! Congratulations!

Student's painting

Amelija Ogden - YR7

Lydia Girdler - YR11

Student's painting

Lucy Annal - YR8

Student's photography

Scout King - YR9

Student's photography

Josh Flint - YR9

Student's photography

Daisy Munro - YR9

Student's photography

Daisy Munro - YR9

Student's photography

Daisy Munro - YR9

Congratulations to Mrs Sampson - our new Assistant Principal!

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Sampson into our Atlantic Academy community!

Message from Mrs Sampson:


I am very pleased to be have been appointed as Assistant Principal at Atlantic Academy from September. I have worked in education for over 20 years now and I have spent the last decade working at Petroc in a number of roles. Before that I worked for Devon County Council school support and advisory services. I started my career in education as a one to one teaching assistant. I really enjoy working with children and young people; its a privilege to be a part of their education and have input in to their future. No day is ever the same! I am looking forward to teaching the pupils at Atlantic Academy, but also parents, carers and the wider community.

As well as my career in education, I have always been a volunteer in some capacity. A Brownie Leader, a school governor and working with young offenders are some of my past volunteer experiences and I am now a telephone befriender for Age UK. In my spare time, I love to read and walk as well as trying to teach myself to speak Spanish!

I hope to meet you all in person in the near future and work with you to support Atlantic Academy to thrive.

Mrs Sampson

Mrs Sampson - Assistant Principle

National Citizenship Service launch

The team at Atlantic Academy and Petroc are pleased to be working together this year to deliver an unforgettable summer experience for our students.

The National Citizenship Service programme offers young people aged 16 & 17 a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something meaningful after completing their studies, as well as a chance to develop skills and take on new challenges which will help to set them up for adult life. The programme allows participants to do something goof for their local community, carrying out a project to support a cause they care about. We have seen first hand what an amazing feeling of accomplishment and increased confidence this brings. In previous NCS programmes, participants donated over 200,000 hours of their time, helping communities after the first National lockdown. This shows what a difference young people can make when they work together.

There will be a presentation on the programme for Year 11 students in the next couple of weeks, and we encourage all students to get involved.

Atlantic Academy tops the leaderboard for Languages Championships!
16th March 2021

Students at Atlantic Academy have been trying out their language skills as part of the Education Perfect Languages Championships. This online competition allows students to complete activities for speaking, listening, reading and writing, and students can enter from across the world.

The competition opened today, and students were keen to get involved in this celebration of language learning. At the end of the first day we are the top performing school in the UK – an excellent effort from our small school community!

We encourage all students to get involved, try something new and challenge themselves. Well done to everyone who has taken part, and thanks to Mrs Gowan for organising this!

Red Nose day 2021 - Funny is power
16th March 2021

Plans for Red Nose Day have been finalised, with students very much enjoying working together as teams to plan activities. This has been a lovely way for students to reconnect as a school community following the return to school last week. All activities will take place during period 5 on Friday 19th March, which will also be a non-uniform day. Suggested donations of a £1 for non-uniform, and a further £1 for the ‘pay to play’ activities are to be made via our ParentPay page. Some students are also seeking sponsorship for a variety of activities, this can also be paid directly to Comic Relief via the ParentPay site.

Some students will be offering a journalist and photography service on the day, watch this space for photos of the action.

Lateral Flow Tests for home use
16th March 2021

We have now taken delivery of our lateral flow tests for home use, and will be issuing these to students on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th March. Full information on the use of the tests is included, and you may also want to watch this short demonstration video.

We ask parents and carers to undertake the test 3 to 5 days apart, and suggest Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. If family members are undertaking lateral flow tests as part of their job roles, we recognise it would be easier logistically to all take the tests at the same time, and are happy for families to plan accordingly.

Any positive tests must be reported to the school, via our dedicated email address We also ask that parents and carers report any test results which are void, where it has been impossible to retake the test.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office with any queries.