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Carols by Candlelight

posted 17 Dec 2018, 06:41 by N Nelson   [ updated 17 Dec 2018, 06:41 ]

On Thursday 13th December we held our annual Carols by Candlelight service at St James’s in Lind Street. It was well attended and the congregation were treated to readings by students, carol singing by the student/staff choir, solo performances and a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah by our guitar club.

The singers were supported by Vectis Brass Band who gave up their time to play at the service.

Principal, Joy Ballard said ‘We are proud of being part of the community in Ryde and the Island and the carol service has become an important event in our calendar. It was lovely to see so many parents, staff and other members of the community there. Thank you to James Leggitt, the Church’s minister, and his staff for allowing us to hold it at their church and to Vectis Brass Band.

Thank you to Hayley in Year 8 for taking the photos.

Academy Christmas Lunch

posted 26 Nov 2018, 02:17 by Nat Admin

Ski Trip Meeting

posted 12 Nov 2018, 06:35 by N Nelson   [ updated 19 Nov 2018, 06:07 ]

If your child is booked on the ski trip (12th-19th January 2019) you can find some of the information from the parent information evening by clicking on the presentation below. It starts with a video from last years trip and then you can click on the arrows to read more about what is needed. If you have any other questions please contact Mr Griffiths on 01983 567 331 or 

Parent ski trip meeting


posted 9 Nov 2018, 05:48 by N Nelson

We are proud to have held a number of Remembrance days activities at the Academy over the last few days. Students and our staff have worked hard on the Poppy displays around the Academy and today our Head Boy, Louis Harris and Head Girl, Shaylee Perkis raised our Remembrance flag outside the school watched by Prefects and the Student Council. Thank you to Harry Sheppard in Year 7 for playing the Last Post and to the Head of History, Joelle Dorman, for reading 'For the Fallen' Robert Laurence Binyon

The 6th Form have also created their own display and held a service this morning at the 6th Form campus. Hayley Andrews in Year 11, sang 'With You' from Ghost the musical at the Year 11 assembly this morning allowing everyone time to reflect and remember. #wewillremember

Biosphere STEM Project

posted 19 Oct 2018, 05:54 by N Nelson

This week Year 7, 8 and 9 students have been engaging hands-on with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects related to the Isle of Wight's application to become a UNESCO biosphere reserve.  UNESCO biosphere reserves are some of the best examples in the world where communities have found ways to resolve the conservation of ecosystems with their ongoing sustainable use.

The maths department have collaborated with Helen Butler MBE, who runs the Wight Squirrel Project and is President of the IOW Red Squirrel Trust.  Students have been learning about the importance and plight of red squirrels in the UK and have been working on projects such as:

  • analysing and interpreting IOW data of squirrel observations

  • developing ideas for an App to help us all become 'Citizen Scientists' and submit our own red squirrel observations to the Wight Squirrel Project.  This would help with the vital work of monitoring the red squirrel population on the island.

  • designing a red squirrel bridge to help squirrels safely cross the road.  Traffic is one of the main threats to our squirrel population.

  • and last but not least, even designing a squirrel friendly skateboard park for young people!

Awareness of both the Isle of Wight's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve application, and with it the vital importance of red squirrels on the island has been raised.  Students have also decided for themselves to start fundraising initiatives to raise money for the Wight Squirrel Project and the IOW Red Squirrel Trust. Watch this space ....

Helen Butler visited some of the lessons and shared her experience, passion and knowledge with students.  She said, ‘It is great to see how interested and engaged the students were and they came up with some excellent ideas which will be used. I hope it will stimulate a lot of interest in becoming a ‘citizen scientist’, which is the name given to people who submit squirrel sightings. Thank you to the Academy for the opportunity to hear ideas from the younger generation’.

School Transport - Privilege Seat Applications

posted 18 Oct 2018, 01:34 by N Nelson

School Transport is accepting privilege seat applications for school buses (for the current school year) from 22 October. This will be on a first come first served basis to fill remaining spaces. You can find out more on their website. 

IOW Safeguarding Conference

posted 17 Oct 2018, 06:18 by N Nelson

Last week 14 Prefects visited Cowes Yacht Haven to attend the annual IOW Safeguarding Conference. The theme this year was "Growing up online" and three groups of students presented on key topic areas related to this to a crowd of over 200 professionals. Jacob Brown also co-hosted the day with the Chair of the Safeguarding board. 

The day was a massive success, with all the students present engaging in group discussion and evaluation of key aspects of the delivery of the key messages around safeguarding across the island.  

The organiser sent us an email afterwards and said ' I am emailing to say how wonderful it was to have your students at our Annual Safeguarding Conference last week. They were absolutely charming and went from being very nervous in the morning to very confident  - some were even volunteering to help me with the roving microphones or contributing to group discussions and feeding back to the larger group! It was a pleasure to have them take part in our conference'.

GCSE results 2018

posted 23 Aug 2018, 03:34 by N Nelson

Another record breaking year for us! We are over the moon with our results and exceptionally proud of our students, who have made really good progress throughout their time here.

An improvement of 10% in the 5+ (old B grade) for English and maths to 40%
72% of students achieved 4+ (old C grade) in English and 61% in Maths. 57% of students got 4+ in English and Maths.
70% of subjects have improved from last year.
The average grade has improved by a fifth of a grade, meaning students have for the third year running made better progress.

We would like to wish all our students all the best for the future and encourage them to continue to #ShineBright’.

What the new GCSEs mean in 2018 - A guide for parents and carers

posted 21 Aug 2018, 23:34 by N Nelson

SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers newtork have produced this guide to help parents and carers understand the new GCSEs. Click here to view a copy.

A/AS Results

posted 16 Aug 2018, 05:17 by Nat Admin   [ updated 17 Aug 2018, 01:26 by N Nelson ]

We are celebrating our second year of most of our students achieving at least their target grades or above.   

We are extremely happy with the results of the year 13 students. 29% of grade where A*/A or above and 43% B or above and 75% C or above. 100% gained at least 2 A Levels or equivalent and 94% of students have gained at least 3 qualifications.

Results are better than last year A*-B last year was 23% this year its 43%, A* - C last year was 60% this year its 75% last year 74% got 3, this year it's 94%.

Principal Joy Ballard said ‘Although our 6th form is relatively small, it means we can focus individually on every child and I am delighted with the progress these students have made. We wish all of our students the very best for their futures and looks forward to receiving regular updates from them as to how they are doing'.

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