Students experience careers with the Royal Marines

On Wednesday 30th October we welcomed three members of the Royal Marines Visibility Team (RMVT) to Atlantic Academy to inform students of the opportunities and pathways available to them at post-16 level. The students who signed up to this event have expressed an interest in becoming a part of one of the Forces and felt that this was an experience that would help them consider their career pathway further. Initially the students engaged in a presentation with videos and real life accounts of what is what like to be a Royal Marine. This then led on to Sgt Tom sharing his knowledge about the skills and qualifications required to be successful in the Forces. The second half of the visit saw the students move outside and participate in a physical training exercise where the students certainly seemed to have been tested on their physical ability.

Sgt Tom stated “the students are a credit to the school. They were fully engaged throughout the entire process, asking relative questions and giving their all during the physical session. Many have a lot of potential and I have that some of them can pursue this is the future”.
Feedback from the students:
“It was an interesting experience. A lot of questions I had were answered and they treated us like young adults. The PT was very difficult but it was worth it at the end because you know you have done training that people in the Marines do and that was a great achievement. They were also really friendly and supportive.”
“It was a great opportunity and I really enjoyed it because it was all the things I love. Lots of training and hard work! I have always wanted to go in to the Army but having this opportunity made me think that I might want to join the Royal Marine Commandos.”
“I found today an amazing experience to show me what support the Marines can give to young people like myself and how it can help your mental and physical fitness. I feel that everyone should have this experience to see how hard people train for our country.”
“I have learnt dozens of new things from determination to teamwork. It has hugely inspired me to give 100% with everything I do and I think I will try and get in to the Marines as I loved everything about it, especially the challenges and people you meet.”

New menus reflect student votes

Our new canteen menus begin this week, and have been updated to reflect the choices of students. The Atlantic Academy environmental ambassadors, along with the student council, have led debates on what actions we can undertake to reduce our environmental impact. The student body have reflected on reducing the amount of meat in our diet, and created new menus to support this. From the November 2019, we have adopted ‘meat free Monday’ as part of this work.

We aim to continue developing our menus, to increase the amount of food from local producers, to reduce the distance our food travels and to reduce plastic coming into the school.

Royal Marine Commandos to visit Atlantic Academy

On Wednesday 30th October, the Royal Marine Commandos will be working with students who are interested in exploring career choices within the armed forces.

Students will participate in team building and physical training activities, as well as a workshop.  If you are interested, please see Mr Boardman for more details. 

GCSE photography take inspiration from the Burton Gallary

On Friday 4th October the GCSE Photography group visited The Burton, Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford.  We visited the Michael Morpurgo installation and the museum area, where the students also enjoyed trying to make pottery online. 

Julian, the Learning and Education manager, talked to us about how Europeans read portraits and the choices that the sitter’s made as to what they might wear and how they might stand to create a representation of them … a little like we do now as a “selfie”.

We spent time documenting what we saw and working on taking photographs from different viewpoints and to not reflect the light from the different sources.  Since the visit we have been reviewing our photographs and here are a selection of the students best shots:





After the visit the students said:

“I really enjoyed the trip because it was very interesting to go around and take pictures, review them and retake them to progress my photography skills. I learned how take photos from different angles and not get glares or reflections on pieces of glass that have been lit up”

“I really enjoyed walking around looking at all the amazing art and old things I especially liked the Michael Morpurgo experience.I learnt how to get the right angle on photos without any glare”. 

“I liked the visit to the Burton Art Gallery. We learned more about photography (the angles we take photos, what’s in the background of photos) and we got more experience of taking photos outside the classroom. “

Find your future at our Careers Fair

We are looking forward to welcoming a range of institutions, employers and educational providers to our careers fair, on Wednesday 30th October, from 4pm to 6pm.

The event is open to all year groups, and forms part of our support for students to plan their post 16 destinations.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Year 11 planning educational next steps

In our PHSE session this week, Year 11 students met Mrs Kaye French and students from Bideford College Sixth Form, to find out what options are available for them after GCSEs. Hearing about the range of courses and the application process, students had plenty of questions for Mrs French and students.

Bideford College will be one of the providers available to meet parents and students during our careers fair on Wednesday 30th October, which is open to all year groups.

Students get creative

Key Stage 4 students enjoyed working with Catherine Johnson this week, as part of the work of the Appledore Book Festival. Sharing her experiences as a writer, including researching and engaging the audience, students then had the chance to explore their imagination and sharpen their skills. Many thanks to Catherine for her visit.

One of Catherine Johnson’s recent books.

Local employers support Atlantic Academy Careers offer.

On Wednesday 25th September Atlantic Academy hosted it’s first round of Career’s Talks of this academic year. Each half term all students have the opportunity to have a meaningful encounter with two employers from an industry that take their interest. For this round we welcomed:

  • Julie Webber from Colorseum Hair and Beauty
  • Paula Hook from Willmott Dixon (Engineering)
  • Lucy Warner from NDDH (NHS)
  • Adrian Redwoods from Torridge District Council (Trade industry)  

Our guests shared their experiences of life within the industry, employability skills, qualifications and expectations of the employers. The students were provided with an opportunity to engage with the professionals, asking questions and participating in interactive activities. Here are a few comments from the students:
“I loved hearing about the variety of jobs involved in the NHS and this is certainly something that I would want to do for work experience”.
“I had no idea that playing computer games would help me get a job in construction”.
“There are so many career pathways to choose from and this really helps me understand what they are like”.
The next set of career talks are due to take place in November where we welcome professionals from the leisure industry, accountancy, the National Trust and a veterinarian.
If you would like to visit the school and talk to the students about your industry, please send an email to and check out the link to the our careers information.

Year 7 residential

Year 7 students returned home from their trip to Dartmoor a little muddy and tired! All students completed the Tyrollean crossing strung between two oak trees in the beautiful Venford Valley; flying across with shouts of joy. Considering how nervous students had been both of completing the walk and the river crossing, they are all very proud of their achievements. Well done to all involved.

A beautiful morning on Dartmoor

A bright and colourful sunrise greeted students this morning, as they prepared for their adventures across the moor. A hearty breakfast was enjoyed by all, prior to packing our bags and setting off across the hills. Students were all in high spirits as they left, looking forward to the adventures ahead.