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6th Form Taster Days

posted 20 Jun 2018, 04:03 by N Nelson

We are holding 6th Form Taster Days on Monday 2 July – Wednesday 4 July 2018

These will provide you with an opportunity to try out new subjects, which you may not have studied before, and to experience subjects which you may have previously studied but not yet at A-Level standard. These taster lessons will help you to make more informed choices for the courses you wish to study in September. You will also be able to find out more about student life on a day to day basis. 


You will need to attend all three days which start at 8.30am. On Wednesday we will finish at lunchtime with individual discussions about your course choices. If you are unable to attend the taster days it will not jeopardise you joining the 6th Form at Ryde Academy. However, we would encourage you to attend if possible as this will help you to make the best choices for your future. You will also be able to pre-book your enrolment appointment should you wish to.


Dress code for taster days is smart office wear as outlined in our dress code, which you can find here, or school trousers and shirt, no shorts or t-shirts please.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Fiona Clarke by email or 01983 567 331. 

You can find out more about our 6th Form by going to our 6th Form page.

Mardi Gras

posted 14 Jun 2018, 01:12 by N Nelson   [ updated 14 Jun 2018, 01:16 ]

We are delighted to be representing the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Colombia under the 'Global Biospheres' Mardi Gras theme.

Kate May (Art Teacher), says, “The students at Ryde Academy are working hard to make our section vibrant and lively. There is a great deal of enthusiasm for this year's parade, and I’m hoping that the students enjoy every aspect of the preparation as well as the day itself.”
This section has provided great scope for using eye-catching 3D pieces and bright colours, and the we are able to recycle costumes from the Rock Challenge team, in keeping with the ethos of helping to protect our global biospheres. 
Dance teacher Kate Lines adds, "I have the pleasure of choreographing and performing with the students at Mardi Gras. The project is fantastic for bringing students of all backgrounds and abilities together, to represent the Academy in a fun and positive way. I am very excited to bring together all their artistic and performing talent on Saturday, June 30.”
We proud to support the Mardi Gras, and since moving into the new school can also now offer community groups like the New Carnival Company space for their workshops. For the students, it is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and take part in a community event.

Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) - Free event

posted 8 Jun 2018, 01:25 by N Nelson

The Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) are holding an event at the Academy on 28th June.

Join us to find out how we can tackle underage drinking problems by working with retailers, schools, licensing authority and the police as part of the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) in Ryde. There will be short talks and information for parents, teachers, young people and the public about the work that CAP is doing to raise awareness of the harm in young people caused by alcohol and how CAP aims to prevent it. This is a free event but you need to register on Eventbrite.

Isle of Wight Health Careers Clinic

posted 7 Jun 2018, 00:24 by Nat Admin


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.





Canteen May Update

posted 25 Apr 2018, 02:22 by N Nelson

Adult Community Learning Summer Programme

posted 17 Apr 2018, 02:36 by Nat Admin

Attached is the Adult Community Learning Summer Programme booklet with courses and workshops for the Summer Term.

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!

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