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  • Stories from this week's newsletter To see the full stories and additional images - please see our website at: Done Elite Dance TeamOur elite dance team have been shortlisted for ...
    Posted 14 Jul 2017, 06:18 by Nat Admin
  • Layton Williams—Dance Work Shop  West End star Layton Williams returned to the Academy following his last workshops with our students in 2015.Layton played the lead role in Billy Elliot in the West End ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2017, 05:46 by Nat Admin
  • Wembley Proexcel On Saturday 8th April a group of students performed at Wembley Stadium   supporting 2015 X-Factor winner, Louisa Johnson, at the opening ceremony of Derby Day, Saracens v Harlequins. They ...
    Posted 28 Apr 2017, 06:00 by Nat Admin
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Stories from this week's newsletter

posted 14 Jul 2017, 05:38 by Nat Admin   [ updated 14 Jul 2017, 06:18 ]

To see the full stories and additional images - please see our website at:

Well Done Elite Dance Team

Our elite dance team have been shortlisted for Bestival! They have one more audition (performing at the finals on Isle of Wight day in September) and organisers will then decide who will be chosen to perform!

Fantastic news and well deserved as they have worked incredibly hard. on the routine. Good luck.

Charlotte’s Clay Shooting Success

You may remember that we have reported on Charlotte’s Clay shooting success in previous newsletters. Charlotte is now being sponsored by Laporte Trap World Wide Company. She is also being coached by an England top shooter.


Jimi takes part in the Junior Pen y Fan Race

Thank you to Mr Eldridge for sending this to us: Jimi Eldridge, Year 10, travelled with a group of Island runners to the Brecon Beacons at the weekend to run at the Brecon Fans Fell running weekend. Jimi managed to come first in the Junior Pen y Fan race which is a mile of the longer adult route straight up the mountain and back down to the start/finish. Jimi came third last year so pushed extra hard (actually leading the adults for the first 1/4 mile) to win this, his last Junior race, as next year he can do the full 3.5 mile adult course.

He was the most successful of all the Island runners and we are all very proud of him. 


Students Compete in the National Underwater Hockey Championships

Thank you to Mr Cockayne for forwarding this news onto us: On Saturday 1st July 2017 three Ryde Academy students attended the John Charles Centre in Leeds, Yorkshire for the National Underwater Hockey Championships. They were Grace and Anna Cockayne, and Patrick Douglas..... Following a gruelling day competing against teams that have been playing at this level for a good number of years it was a joy to find that the under 14s had been placed third nationally. The under 14s narrowly missed out on winning a cup when they were placed fourth, which is still a great achievement as this is considered one of the toughest categories.

If you are interested in finding out more about underwater hockey, or becoming a member, then contact Mary on 01983 56544, or attend the Waterside Pool, Ryde Esplande at 6.15pm on Sundays for a free taster session. You need to be age 10 or over and be able to swim 100 metres continuously. You can also check out the website at

Underwater Hockey                                    The Peny Fan Race      Clay Shooting

Layton Williams—Dance Work Shop

posted 7 Jul 2017, 05:46 by Nat Admin


West End star Layton Williams returned to the Academy following his last workshops with our students in 2015.

Layton played the lead role in Billy Elliot in the West End, Stephen in BBC3's 'Bad Education' and has starred in CBBCs 'Beautiful people' and 'School for Stars'. He is a member of Matthew Bourne's 'New Adventures' dance company and toured with 'Lord of the Flies' where he has been preparing novice dancers for professional performances nationwide.

Layton spent the afternoon with students in a series of dance workshops. Following the visit he emailed Miss Seaton and said:

‘ Thanks so much for another great workshop! Was nice to be back. You’ve quite clearly had an amazing effect on these students as that level of dance is unseen at most secondary schools that I visit. You should be super proud and I’m sure you are’.

Wembley Proexcel

posted 28 Apr 2017, 06:00 by Nat Admin

On Saturday 8th April a group of students performed at Wembley Stadium   supporting 2015 X-Factor winner, Louisa Johnson, at the opening ceremony of Derby Day, Saracens v Harlequins. They were amazing! All the photos can be found on our website and a video made and produced by Jack in Y12 can be found on our YouTube channel


Students prepare for Wembley

posted 2 Mar 2017, 07:10 by Nat Admin

Students have been working hard over the half term on a dance routine they will perform at Wembley alongside 2015 X Factor winner Louisa Johnson.

The students, from across the year groups, will be supporting the popstar at the launch of Derby Day - Saracen’s annual fixture which this year will see them take on their London rivals Harlequins on Saturday 8th April in front of an anticipated record breaking crowd.

Our dance partners, Pro-Excel have been producing similar shows at major stadiums across the UK for over 15 years and are incredibly proud to be working on the Isle of Wight for the very first time.

‘The students at Ryde Academy have clearly demonstrated that there is a vast wealth of talent on the Island and it's a real privilege for our organisation to be invited here. Our show at Wembley Stadium is the biggest mass-movement dance production in the UK and this year is no exception with over 1,300 students from 23 schools and academies taking part.

For us it’s all about creating lifelong memories and we hope we can do this for the students, staff and parents of this wonderful school.’

This is an amazing opportunity for the students involved.

Hayley Andrews, age 13, said ‘I loved it!!! It was amazing and the best experience of my life!’

Miss Seaton, Dance teacher at Ryde Academy said ‘I am immensely proud of every single student who has participated in rehearsals. I am delighted that we have had such a diverse range of students taking part; for many this will be their first ever dance performance. During rehearsals the students have shown remarkable leadership, determination, perseverance and confidence and demonstrate why performing arts is such a valuable discipline in our curriculum.

Despite battling fatigue and giving up four days of their half term, the students’ display of energy and enthusiasm for dance was heartwarming. As our dance department goes from strength to strength, I am really excited to show off what the Academy’s dancers are capable of.’

If you would like to get your school involved in any of Pro-Excel's major stadium dance projects please email or message us via our Pro-Excel Facebook group:

Ryde Academy has the X Factor!

posted 20 Feb 2017, 03:16 by Nat Admin   [ updated 19 Apr 2017, 05:31 ]

Students from across the year groups came together to showcase their talent at our X Factor performance on Tuesday 7th February.

The judges included Principal Joy Ballard, and the High Sheriff, Robin Courage. The evening was hosted by Year 12 student Jordan Westwood who did a fine job of it.

One of the most striking things about the evening was the range of genres that students chose to perform including Abba, Amy Winehouse, The Kinks, and Adele to name but a few. Some of the songs are difficult to perform and the judges were impressed with how students, some as young as 11, tackled and often mastered the song.

The audience were treated to everything from beautifully sung solos, including a tear inducing rendition of Whitney Houston's ‘I Have Nothing’ by 11 year old Maddy Hemper to a unique rap performance by Jack Millward in Year 12 who did 'Can't Hold Us' by Macklemore.

Holly Eldridge’s performance of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Valerie’ and Lucy Baker’s choice of Abba’s ‘Winner takes it all’ displayed soulful and mature voices whilst boy band Radio Silence rocked the house. The boys were really in full force with no less than three solo performances by Ollie Brunton, Tom Brunton (who are brothers and show that talent clearly runs in the family) as well as Danny Delap from Year 7.

The support from their peers was another feature of the evening and some of the performers had already amassed a following!

The top five chosen by the judges, Radio Silence, Tom Brunton, Jack Millward, Lucy Baker and Hayley Andrews went into the final and the overall winner was chosen by the audience.

The winner was…………Radio Silence!

'Once again, it has been brilliant to see our students showcasing their talents to over a 150 strong audience, it is testament to how brave and confident some of our Performing Arts students are. I loved being involved as a judge for this years event and look forward to seeing what our talented students showcase at our forthcoming events: 'Ryde's Got Talent' and 'Do You Think You Can Dance'.

This was another top performance by students at the Academy who already have an established reputation for talent and now the future of its performing arts is assured!

BTEC Sport Students labelling the human skeleton!

posted 4 Nov 2016, 08:48 by Nat Admin

Ryde Academy Rugby Shirt Design

posted 14 Oct 2016, 06:05 by Nat Admin

As part of the All Schools England Rugby programme three students travelled to Reading on Thursday 6th October to take part in a design workshop. Leon, Edward and Morgan created a Canterbury custom-designed rugby shirt for the Academy. Canterbury will now make this design and produce a set of 20 unique shirts for our rugby team. The students worked together to produce a ‘Shine Bright’ inspired shirt. It incorporates our Isle of Wight heritage by using the Needles lighthouse which shines across the shirt in Ryde Academy colours.


The shirts will be ready in time for a grand unveiling at the Six Nations in February.  We think the designs look great! Well done boys.



Island Athletics - 7 July 2016

posted 29 Jul 2016, 00:53 by Nat Admin

George Dillon Workshop

posted 5 Jul 2016, 00:46 by Nat Admin   [ updated 6 Jul 2016, 03:13 ]

On 23 June Ryde Academy played host to George Dillon and his rendition of Berkoff's Graft - Tales of an Actor offering students from years 9-13 an exciting opportunity to see fringe theatre at it's best. George, an acclaimed actor and colleague of Steven Berkoff, performed this one man show with boundless energy and absolute accuracy. He was assisted by our very own student technicians who were pushed to work at a professional standard... and nailed it!

The following morning George returned to the Academy to hold a workshop. Our students threw themselves into a gruelling, physical three hours which focused on non concept theatre practice, Berkoff's style and even a little martial arts. They all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Images from the workshop can be found here.

George Dillon tweeted:

George Dillon@georgedillon  Jun 24

Hugely enjoyed the last 2 days, performing #berkoff's Graft and giving a workshop to the hardworking and talented students @RydeAcademy

George Dilon’s website:


Rock Challenge

posted 5 Jul 2016, 00:45 by Nat Admin   [ updated 25 Jul 2016, 05:56 ]

Well done to the Rock Challenge team for reaching the finals which were held at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 25 June. Although we weren't placed in the top five the students gave a brilliant performance and displayed great maturity, professionalism and team spirit. You can also see the build up to the performance on our YouTube channel and all the photos on our website.

Thank you to Gary and Helen Aspinall for all their help on the day and over the last few months. Also to Southern Vectis, the Chain Ferry and Wight Solent Cruises for getting us there and back. Thanks to everybody who supported the team this year!

All the images from the finals can be found under the 'Ryde Academy in Pictures' page.


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