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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'.

6th Form Open Evening - 14th November

posted 4 Oct 2018, 02:12 by N Nelson

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'.

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 ’.

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