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Telephone Lines

posted 20 Nov 2017, 02:18 by T Petty

With apologies, we are having problems with our phones again. We are working to get this rectified as soon as possible, but in the meantime, if you are having trouble getting through, you can contact us by email at

Berlin Trip - Important Information

posted 15 Nov 2017, 00:34 by Nat Admin   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 00:34 ]

If your child is on the Berlin/Kraków/Dresden trip, there has been a slight change to our outward travel to Berlin.

Eurotunnel have cancelled our booking for operational reasons so we are going by coach to Dover and then getting a P&O ferry to Calais where we will continue our journey as normal. We are catching the same Hover so please make sure your child is at the Hoverport no later than 6:45pm on Friday. We are not expecting any changes to our return journey at this stage.

We are meeting students at Wednesday lunchtime for a catch up meeting.

Clothing needed for Ski Trip

posted 14 Nov 2017, 00:21 by Nat Admin

All skiing on snow occurs in somewhat extreme climates, very different from what we are used to.  It is important to remember that these can be extremes of cold and sun.  It is absolutely vital to be correctly clothed so to avoid a miserable and uncomfortable trip.


Jackets and Trousers

These must be reasonably windproof and well insulated.  Being waterproof is an advantage.  

Several types exist, but as long as the jacket covers the top of the trousers and the sleeves are long enough to cover the top of the gloves it should be ok.  The trousers can be normal trousers which are insulated, or salopettes which are high waistedtrousers with braces.  The salopettes give a broader insulation and are therefore warmer.



An enormous amount of heat can be lost through the head, chilling the body quickly when it is cold.  A hat also helps to prevent sun stroke and sunburn.  The hat should be deep enough to cover the ears.



Proper ski gloves are essential.  They should be made of fabric or vinyl and insulated with polyester wadding.  They should have a reinforced palm for gripping. 



Again, proper ski socks must be worn.  As ski boots come to mid-calf they should be long and made of towelling material.  At least 2 pairs are needed.  One to wear and the other to be drying.  Avoid football socks as they can cause blisters.


Some form of eye protection is required.  We are at high altitude and surrounded by white reflecting snow.  Therefore, we are exposed to high levels of UV light.  (The Alps have higher levels of UV light in winter than the Mediterranean in summer)


Sun cream

We hope to have clear skies as well as plenty of snow.  High factor sun cream (15+) is needed as to avoid sunburn and those ‘panda’ eyes.  This must be applied when necessary and lip salve may be used to avoid cracking.



Specialist ski shirts look good, but cost a small fortune.  Any close knit sweater, sweatshirt or polo neck shirt will be fine.  Several thin layers are better than one thick one.


You can pick up all of these bits from Trespass in Newport or a variety of other stores such as TK Max, Tesco, Blacks and many more.

6th Form Open Evening - Wednesday 15th November

posted 10 Nov 2017, 03:30 by Nat Admin

Gardening Project

posted 16 Oct 2017, 03:59 by Nat Admin

Important Information: Biometric readers and online payments to school with ParentPay

posted 11 Oct 2017, 06:35 by Nat Admin   [ updated 16 Oct 2017, 07:54 ]

Important Information: Biometric readers and online payments to school with ParentPay

From 6th November we will be using an automated biometric recognition system at the Academy.

An automated biometric recognition system uses technology which measures an individual’s thumbprint from which they can access school based accounts.

This will be used for students to access printers, photocopiers and the new ‘cashless’ catering system also starting on 6th November.


We will be scanning student's’ thumbprints over the next week in preparation for the new systems and will assume you and your child have given consent unless we receive written notification (a letter or email) from you by the end of Monday 16th October 2017.


ParentPay is a website which allows parents to make online payments to the academy for school meals, trips, after school clubs and much more.

Essentially this means that we will no longer accept cash and cheque payments. Alternatively students can top up their accounts at school using cash. Parents who are unable to make online payments can do so using PayPoint.

Making secure payments online using your credit or debit card

ParentPay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available.

You will have a secure online account, activated using a unique username and password; you will be prompted to change these, and to keep them safe and secure.  If you have more than one child at our school, or children at another ParentPay school, you can create one single account login for all your children regardless of which school they attend.

Making a payment is straightforward and ParentPay holds a payment history for you to view at a later date; no card details are stored in any part of the system. Once you have activated your account you can make online payments straight away.

If you are unable to pay online you can use PayPoint instead

Using PayPoint

PayPoint payments are recorded by ParentPay and can be seen by logging into your ParentPay account and viewing your payment history online. The nearest PayPoint stores to school are

  • St Vincents Stores

11 St. Vincents Road


PO33 3PS

  • Co-op

62 West Street


PO33 2UH

  • Allens Stores

12-13 Upton Road


PO33 3DX

  • Duffets Stores

12 John Street


PO33 2PY

  • West Stores

33 St. Johns Road


PO33 2RL

Please contact reception if you wish to use the PayPoint facility via or 01983 567 331. A plastic card will be issued to you to make cash payments for school meals at local PayPoint stores. The first card is free of charge; however, any lost or damaged cards will be charged at £1.00 each. Payment cards take about two weeks to arrive but we can issue a barcode letter as an interim measure.

Other alternatives

Additionally you could also visit your local library, internet café or see if you can get access to a computer at work.

Trip and activity information letters will carry a unique barcode which will allow you to make cash payments at your local PayPoint store.

This new system has a number of benefits including you being able to see what your child is buying for lunch, flags any allergies they may have at the till point and being able to track any payments for trips.

You will receive your unique ParentPay Account activation details with the letter we are posting this week with information about the start of the new term.

For further information on ParentPay please see the FAQs below or visit

ParentPay FAQs

  • When can I log in to my account?

Once you have received your activation letter from school with your activation login details you will be able to activate your account and start making payments. This letter will be sent to you soon by your school.

  • Which cards can I use?

ParentPay accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards, and Maestro, Switch, Delta, Electron, Solo and Visa debit cards.  Some schools may limit the use of credit cards for some transactions; you will be informed by the school directly of any such restrictions.

  • Is it safe to make payments on the internet?

Yes.  ParentPay uses leading technology to process your card transactions securely.  All communication with the bank is encrypted and neither ParentPay nor the school have access to your card details.

  • How can I check that it’s secure?

Standard website addresses begin with http: the address for a secure site will always begin with https.  You will also see a padlock at the bottom/top right of the screen on our login page and after you have logged into your account; never enter your card details or personal data on any web page whose address does not start https.

  • What about our personal information?

ParentPay holds a very limited amount of information about you and your child solely for the purpose of administering your account however; ParentPay does not use your personal information other than for supporting the school. We do not share or give information to any other organisations.  We operate under strict guidelines set out by the Data Protection Act 1998.

ParentPay will NEVER contact you by phone, email or mail and ask you to divulge confidential information like passwords or card numbers. If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to be from ParentPay, please contact us immediately on 02476 994 820.

  • I do not have a home PC so how can I use ParentPay?

Why not visit your local library, internet café or see if you can get access to a computer at work.  

For more information please visit

English and Maths Qualifications and Skills Development Courses

posted 29 Sep 2017, 02:29 by Nat Admin

Adult Community Learning are running English and Maths qualifications, and skills development courses within the local community for adults on the Isle of Wight.

They are running programmes around the Island, at a range of levels, enabling adults aged 19+ to work towards gaining qualifications with City and Guilds.

These qualifications are fully funded by the ESFA, and many of their learners cite 'helping children with homework' as their main motivation. These qualifications are also widely recognised by employers.

Please see the attached file for more information.

Barnardo's Family Centre update

posted 13 Sep 2017, 02:42 by T Petty

We have recently updated our website If parents/carers would like any support or advice you can drop into one of our Hubs on contact us on the the numbers/emails below:


Hub contact details

East Newport, Furrlongs, Newport PO30 2AX          529208

Ryde, George Street, Ryde PO33 2JF                     617617

Sandown, Fairway, Sandown PO36 9EQ                 408718


Breakfast Club

posted 12 Sep 2017, 08:01 by Nat Admin

Thank you to Cody in Y7 for designing our new #BreakfastClub poster. All welcome. Every day 7.15am-8.15.

GCSE Results

posted 24 Aug 2017, 04:13 by Nat Admin

We are pleased with our results and exceptionally proud of our students, most of whom made really good progress throughout their time here.

  • 59% of students achieved 4+ in English and 57% in Maths. 46% of students got 4+ in English and Maths.

  • 71% of subjects have improved from last year.

  • Above national average in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Core Science, Dance, French and Health and Social Care.

Joy Ballard, Principal, said ‘Our average grade has improved from being a D to a C which we are delighted with and shows that across the school all children are making better progress.  Although we are celebrating our results today we know we can do even better.   

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

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