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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'.

Urdang Academy Dance Workshop

posted 6 Aug 2018, 02:26 by N Nelson

On 3rd July, current and aspiring GCSE dance students took part in a workshop with Mukeni Nel, a second year student from Urdang Academy, London, a school which offers dance and musical theatre training. The students were really excited about the prospect of learning from Mukeni who is prominent dancer on instagram as well as having a featured role in Urdang’s 80s medley routine which went viral on YouTube.

Having gained a reputation of excellence for his technical abilities, Mukeni led the students through a stretch class, progressing onto jazz leaps and turns. He then finished with a routine from Urdang’s end of year showcase. Ben Thompson from year 10 was pinpointed as having excellent leaps and lines and Oli Brunton, year 8, was also a stand out for his commitment and tenacity during the routine.

Mukeni said 'Coming down from London to do a workshop with the kids was an amazing experience. They all did very well and pushed themselves to try things they have never done before. Massive thank you to Miss Seaton for letting me come down and work with them. I hope to come back soon'.

Miss Seaton said 'I think it is so important for students to be inspired and engaged both in and out of the studio and I am so proud that we can offer our students outstanding opportunities to work with professional and influential dancers. It really does make our Academy unique; many of our students already have CVs which are highly enviable to any aspiring young dancer. The students were fantastic and really pushed themselves to learn new skills and improve their existing abilities which will help them as they move into their next year of study'.

Update re School Bus Applications

posted 16 Jul 2018, 08:06 by Nat Admin   [ updated 16 Jul 2018, 08:09 ]

We originally advised that the 2018/19 privilege seats scheme would not include a  a.m./p.m. only option. That decision has been changed and we will, for 2018/19, sell seats for either a.m. or p.m. only use.  The form, ,  has been updated for those families that haven’t applied yet. Those that have applied already will be contacted to see if they want to revise their request.

Kind regards



Martin Goff
Head of Information, Transport and Admissions
Children's Services Department


Awards Evening 2018

posted 11 Jul 2018, 01:53 by N Nelson   [ updated 11 Jul 2018, 02:19 ]

We held our annual Awards Evening on Wednesday 4th July 2018. This is an evening where parents and staff are able to share in the success of our students. The event was held at All Saints Church and hosted by Cannon Graham Morris.

Awards were presented for each subject for ‘Highest Achievement’ and Best Progress’. Awards were also given out to students with 100% attendance.

This year we also presented the Harvard club of the UK award to one exceptional AMAT (Academically More Able and Talented) student who have displayed excellent academic skills along with exceptional personal qualities. This were awarded to Aaron Gould in the 6th Form.

Parents, students and staff were also treated to student performances; Christian Pantelei, age 14, played Chopin’s Polonaise Opus 40 no.1 as people arrived at the church and Talitha Monaghan, age 12 opened the awards evening with a beautiful rendition of ‘The Jones Boys’, a Canadian folk song by Jay Althouse. This was followed later in the evening by an inspiring version of ‘A Millions Dreams’ from the Greatest Showman by Hayley Andrews age 15.

The evening ended with Joy Ballard, handing out the Principal’s Award which this year was won by Ruth Gale, age 16. Ruth was nominated for her sense of community spirit and kindness to others.

Joy said: ‘I was so proud of our winners and it was very moving to see the delight on their parents’ faces. Ensuring children do well at school relies on a strong partnership between school and parents and it it was such a pleasure sharing together the success of our students. We are so grateful to Graham Morris for letting us use his beautiful church. We are very proud of our place in the Ryde community and to have the opportunity to celebrate student achievements with others ’.

Mardi Gras 2018

posted 9 Jul 2018, 06:42 by N Nelson

We were delighted to have been part of Mardi Gras 2018.

The overall theme was 'Global Biospheres' and our section represented the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Columbia. We were very pleased to have been awarded this area, as it provided great scope for 3D pieces and the use of bright colours which looked fantastic on the day. We were also able to recycle some of the costumes from our Rock Challenge performance which lends itself to the ethos of helping to protect our global biospheres.

A number of students were involved from across the age groups and this was a fantastic opportunity for them to learn new skills, make new friends and take part in a community event. We are very proud to be supporting the Mardi Gras, not only by participating but also by being able to offer community groups like the New Carnival Company space for their workshops since moving into our new school.  

Kate May, Teacher of Art

‘The students at Ryde Academy worked hard to make our section vibrant and lively. There was a great deal of enthusiasm for this year's parade in school and students enjoyed every aspect of the preparation as well as the day itself’.

Kate Lines, Teacher of Dance

‘I had the pleasure of choreographing and performing with the students at Mardi Gras this year. The project was fantastic for bringing together students of all backgrounds and abilities to represent the Academy in such a fun and positive way! I was very excited to have brought together the artistic and performance talent of the students at Mardi Gras!’


posted 9 May 2018, 06:47 by N Nelson   [ updated 11 May 2018, 01:26 ]

Miss Sparrow’s 7A1 English class had a two week homework task to create something linked to Dystopian (An imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic) or Utopian (modelled on or aiming for a state in which everything is perfect; idealistic) literature.

Last week they bought their projects in and we think they look fantastic!

Students and teachers voted for the winner and the results are:
Teacher's award: Dominika Gumiela
Best presentation: Thomas Burton
Best Design: Rebecca Aspden
Most creative designs: Bill Elliott, Hannah Howard, Amelia McCarthy
Best link to Dystopia: Maisy Dean

Rocket Car Regional Finals

posted 27 Apr 2018, 06:00 by N Nelson   [ updated 27 Apr 2018, 06:00 ]

You may remember from a February Newsletter that Year 7 students had designed and made their own rocket cars for Race for the Line. This is a model car challenge which aims to encourage students to work together to make a foam rocket car powered by a small solid rocket motor which they then raced with their peers.

The winners, Kayleigh, Ellis, Crystal-Rose and Scarlett, made it through to the regional finals which were held at Portsmouth Naval base on Thursday. The group spent the morning in a hanger which contained mine sweepers waiting to be repaired, improving on their original design, and then raced the car against other schools. Although they didn’t come first they were in the top five fastest cars with a speed of 55mph.

 It was also a great opportunity to speak to Navy personnel about their work and the careers available.





A tribute to Anthony Minghella

posted 28 Mar 2018, 01:38 by N Nelson   [ updated 15 Apr 2018, 23:23 ]

Since January, and in their own time, Abi Cornford, April Egan, Becca Whitting, Darcie Bonner and Evie Clarke have been working with a short play of Anthony Minghells's called 'Days like These,' which portrays the isolation that many of the elderly in our community feel. 

They've edited the script to make it work for their purposes, as well as designing and painting images to match the script. They've filmed and edited it, as well as setting it to music. The link to the YouTube video is here:

During the last week of term Miss Saunders delivered an assembly to the whole school about Anthony Minghella and his legacy. Students watched his Oscar acceptance speech which he closes by saying 'this is a great day for the Isle of Wight'. Students then watched a trailer for his film Truly, Madly, Deeply and the video made by the girls. 

We wanted our students to know that such an impressive, creative talent grew up on the Isle of Wight and that his early years - in many ways - were very similar to theirs. He should be a source of great inspiration for all students on the island and hopefully his legacy will encourage our students to use their many talents, and to dream a bit bigger.

The girls received a lovely message from Edana Minghella, Anthony’s sister who said ‘This is amazing. Thank you so much. Very touched indeed and thank you for keeping Anthony’s memory so vividly and creatively alive’


Isle of Wight Regeneration Youth Conference

posted 7 Mar 2018, 03:29 by N Nelson

Students from Years 10 and 12 attended the Isle of Wight Regeneration Youth Conference on Tuesday.

Schools from all over the island came together to meet with inspirational employers and develop plans for the regeneration of key sites on the Isle of Wight.

Darcie Bonner, Iris Black, Callum Moody and Adam Sutherland all had their projects selected to be showcased to rest of the conference. Well done!

Citizenship trip to Parliament and the Supreme Court

posted 2 Feb 2018, 02:19 by N Nelson   [ updated 2 Feb 2018, 02:24 ]

On Monday 29th January a group of GCSE and A Level Citizenship students travelled to London and got a chance to see how democracy in the UK works.


Students started the day at the Supreme Court and were given the opportunity to listen to and take part in debates on issues like religious rights violations and assisted dying, topics they have studied in the classroom. 

Following a tour of the courts students headed to Parliament via Whitehall and Downing Street. On arrival they had a guided tour of the House of Commons and the Lords before taking part in an interactive campaigning session inspired by the women's suffrage movement.


Island MP Bob Seely came down to surprise students and opened the floor for a question and debate session. He took a grilling on issues such as Brexit and the NHS on the Isle of Wight. Year 11 student Owen Cotton said ‘it was an exciting experience to see democracy in action and nice to meet our own MP’.

Ned Elliott, also in Year 11 felt the trip was a successful combination of a fun and an educational experience.

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