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Royal Institution - Bringing Science to Life

posted 14 Feb 2019, 06:38 by N Nelson   [ updated 14 Feb 2019, 23:40 ]

On Wednesday 13th February students were given the chance to see science in action when the Royal Institution brought their ‘Bringing Science to Life’ show to the school.

The shows give students, teachers and families a chance to see their specially trained presenters in action, delivering science shows inspired by the Christmas Lectures shown on the BBC.

During the day Year 7 and Year 8 learnt about food and digestion through practical and explosive (literally!) demonstrations. Dan, the presenter, set fire to food to explain energy and used a ‘digestion suit’ to show the journey food takes through our body.

In the afternoon the show was opened up to the community and lots of parents and students came along. One of the attendees, Heather Grimes said ‘We really enjoyed the show. It really brought science to life and made it as exciting as it should be’.

Mrs Sarah Allen from the Science Department said ‘’It was fantastic seeing teachers, parents and students enjoy and engage with Science. We will definitely be having them back again next year'.

Students said:

'I thought that the food explosion was amazing, a varied range of experiments and activities and it just made science 100% better'.

'My favourite bit of the show was when we had to pull Mr White's small intestines out of the shirt!'

'I really wanted to learn more.  It was really cool and I would watch it again'

'My favourite part was when he blew flour out of the tube and set it on fire!'

Teen Fire Fit - Passing Out Parade

posted 14 Feb 2019, 01:35 by N Nelson

Thank you to Island Fire for sharing this photo.

Following the successful delivery of a pilot scheme at Cowes Enterprise College, the Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service recently deliver Teen Fire Fit at the Academy.

Teen Fire Fit is a 6 week programme delivered in secondary schools targeting year 8 students who may have low self-esteem, weight issues, lack of engagement in healthy activities or from families that require extra support. The NHS has recognised the importance of early intervention to reduce obesity and associated medical conditions long term. This programme is designed to engage with the students by team work, education, and a structured delivery to change behaviours.


The 2 hour 45 minute courses of 6 initial sessions run weekly, starting at the beginning of a term. Starting at the end of the school day, 15.00 and finishing 18.00. With a further two follow up sessions after 3 and 6 months. In the first half of the course the students wearing firekit engage in a number of physical fire service activities working up an appetite. The second half is delivered by the school where the students (and fire service instructors) are given healthy cooking input. Then everyone cooks a meal and eats it together.

Joy Ballard said  'our students always do us proud. To see them succeed following such a tough course was simply brilliant.  We are grateful to the fire service for providing them with this fabulous opportunity'.

Academically More Able and Talented Student - Parental Nominations Needed

posted 24 Jan 2019, 23:33 by N Nelson   [ updated 30 Jan 2019, 23:23 ]

We have a number of students in the Academy who are academically more able and/or talented (AMAT). Many of these have been identified through data but this is not the only piece of evidence we use. 

We need your help. If you feel your child meets the criteria please complete the Google Sheet below. The criteria could include things like playing out of their age group for sport or achieving certain grades in Music or Dance. The Academy uses this information to ensure these students are recognised, challenged and provided with enrichment opportunities. 

Academically More Able and Talented Student - Parental Nomination

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard trip

posted 24 Jan 2019, 01:26 by N Nelson

On Tuesday 22nd January a group of History, Design Technology and STEM students spent the day at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The trip was inspired by the Academy’s after school Victory Club who are currently building a model of HMS Victory.

The day started with a STEM workshop on the archeology and preservation of the Mary Rose as well as the engineering behind the raising of the wreck and construction of the museum. This was a really valuable introduction as students were able to handle artifacts from the ship, learn how it was raised and about the preservation process, before going on to visit the museum.

After lunch students had a look around the Victory which was especially useful to those working on the Academy’s model of the ship.

The day ended with a look around the Naval Museum where students learnt about the history of the Navy, were able to use morse code and find out how the Navy has changed over the centuries.

This was a hands on interactive visit which is invaluable extended classroom learning and the Academy hopes to make it a regular event.

Kean Bridger in Year 8 said ‘I loved being able to handle the artifacts and Tom, our tour guide, was able to tell us lots of interesting facts. We all had a good day and want to do it again!’

Mary Kinoulty, Head of Learning at the Mary Rose Museum said: ‘We were delighted to welcome students from Ryde Academy for a hands-on STEM session and a tour of our award winning museum.  We loved meeting such keen students and introducing them to cutting-edge science and engineering at the Mary Rose. It was a real pleasure to teach such interested and highly motivated students. We look forward with great pleasure to welcoming more parties from Ryde Academy.’

Year 8 & 9 Options Evening – Tuesday 12th February 2019

posted 16 Jan 2019, 21:23 by N Nelson   [ updated 12 Feb 2019, 02:12 ]

Over the course of the next half term, students in Year 8 and Year 9 will be asked to select some of the courses that they would like to study through to Year 11. These are important decisions and we would like to take this opportunity to explain how we intend to give you and your child the information and advice needed.


The Year 8 and 9 Options Evening is on Tuesday 12th February 2019, 4pm-7pm and is for students to attend with their parents/carers. Details of all courses on offer will be available along with a presentation about the curriculum and the issues that students should consider when making their decisions. We strongly advise that students and parents/carers should attend this meeting so that they are fully informed about the transfer to Key Stage 4. The presentations will take place at 4:15pm and 5:45pm for year 8 and 4:45pm and 6:15pm for the year 9 in the Theatre.


Throughout this term students will be able to discuss their option choices with their subject teachers who can advise them what Key Stage 4 courses entail and to answer any questions they may have. Additionally, there has been talks during the school day about the options available from staff in assemblies and drop in sessions after school.


On the evening subject departments will also be providing information so you and your child are well informed about the options available. This will be particularly important for ‘new’ subjects that they have not studied before. A copy of the Options Booklet will be distributed on the evening.


The deadline for returning the completed and signed option choice form is Friday 1 March. Forms should be returned to your child’s tutor. A letter will be sent to you as soon as the information has been processed and the curriculum finalised.


We realise that this is an important decision time for students. With this in mind we would like to emphasise that the Academy will be giving as much support and guidance as we possibly can.


If you have any questions please contact Mr Merrett on 01983 567 331 or


We look forward to seeing you at the Options Evening.

Ryde Academy Formal Consultation on the proposed admissions arrangements for 2020-21

posted 20 Dec 2018, 07:17 by N Nelson

On behalf of Academies Enterprise Trust, we are consulting on our admission arrangements for 2020-21. You can below a copy of the letter with further details and a copy of the draft Admissions policy. 

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.


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. 

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