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Louis achieves place at prestigious London Dance School

posted 12 Apr 2019, 02:53 by N Nelson

Year 11 student, Louis Harris has achieved a place at the Rambert School of Ballet and Dance on a scholarship, one of the hardest contemporary dance schools to get into in the UK.

Louis is in his final year at the Academy and about to start his GCSEs. Last year he achieved an A grade in his A Level Dance exam. He has worked exceptionally hard to get to where he has and taken every opportunity including working as a Dance Ambassador for Pineapple Dance Studios, and attending dance competitions around the country. He also helps choreograph the 100 + team of Rock Challenge students and is Head Boy at the Academy.

His time at the school will be tough as training is intense and includes long days as well as evening rehearsals and performances. But this doesn’t put Louis off. ‘I don't think it has sunk in yet! I am ecstatic that I have been offered a place to study at such a prestigious dance school. I couldn't have done it without all the support from Ryde Academy and the wonderful Miss Seaton, my dance teacher, the Principal, Mrs Ballard, and of course my amazing mum who is always by my side. Now for new opportunities and a life surrounded by what I love!

His mum, Christine Harris, said I am absolutely delighted that Louis got into Rambert. It was his first choice and he has worked so hard and deserves this so much. I couldn't be prouder’.

Principal, Joy Ballard said: So many of our students have remarkable and wide ranging talents, it is just wonderful to see Louis who is such a humble and hardworking young man achieve his dreams.  We are all extremely proud of him and share his family's joy.'

Family Learning - Easter Pots

posted 11 Apr 2019, 03:45 by N Nelson

Families joined Mrs Baxter for two art sessions. In the first they made ceramic pots with an Easter theme and in the second, they decorated them before adding a plant and chocolate Easter bunny! Look out for more Family Learning activities after Easter on our Family Learning page.


Eric Campros Dance Workshop

posted 4 Mar 2019, 23:28 by N Nelson

In February we hosted an advanced contemporary lyrical dance class with Eric Campros who travelled all the way from New York. He is a teacher at the world famous Broadway Dance Centre and Yale University, has danced for Britney Spears and Usher and trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. 

The students were hugely inspired by his class and many were pushed outside of their comfort zones technically, expressively and emotionally. The class finished with a Q&A session where he gave advice on confidence, booking jobs, training and his journey into the professional dance world.

You can also see one of our students, Louis, performing at the workshop on our YouTube channel 

Cardiac Risk in the Young

posted 26 Feb 2019, 00:07 by Nat Admin   [ updated 26 Feb 2019, 00:13 ]

Free screening test from Cardiac Risk in the Young for people aged between 14–35 years old.

Please find more about it from the attachment below

IW Schools Cross Country Championships

posted 21 Feb 2019, 01:58 by N Nelson

Well done to the Year 7 team who competed at the IW Schools Cross Country Championships on 14th February. Arthur, William, Luke and Isaac ran exceptionally well. Arthur, William and Luke will now go on to represent the Isle of Wight at the Hampshire Championships in Basingstoke.

Organisers contacted us to say 'aside from their athletic performances, the boys were a pleasure to accompany and were a credit to the Academy - they showed great enthusiasm and conducted themselves as a very close knit and supportive team throughout'.

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.’

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. 

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