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New Build Update on Move Date

posted 25 May 2017, 05:35 by Nat Admin

I promised to let you know soonest the outcome of the new build meeting held recently.  

Although the building company still had some hope of the new school being ready for September 2017 the decision has been made to avoid any risk or change of date, that we delay the move into the new building until October half term. This means that students will have an additional week holiday in October and will not be required to attend school week commencing 30th October to allow us to unpack and organise our work spaces/classrooms. 

This essentially means that all students will return to our current building on Wednesday 6th September (Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th being INSET days) after the summer holidays until October half term and then return to school and the new building on Monday 6th November. 

I appreciate this may be disappointing in some ways but we want to ensure that the new building is absolutely right before moving our students and staff in and that the dates are definite to help you plan for the care of your children.


SBA/Ryde Academies AET merger proposal - A chance to have your say

posted 25 May 2017, 03:21 by Nat Admin   [ updated 25 May 2017, 05:45 ]

AET are seeking views from students, parents, governors, staff and the community as a whole. You can take part in the consultation process by clicking here to complete the questionnaire. It is so important that we have our say.

Click here to view the consultation document on the proposal to amalgamate Ryde and Sandown Bay Academies. 

The consultation process will run for 6 weeks up to 6 July 2017.

There will be hard copies of the document and questionnaire in the Academy reception from Thursday 25th May (during half term reception will not be staffed but copies will be available from the desk).

Small Business Challenge—We need your help!

posted 24 May 2017, 22:45 by Nat Admin   [ updated 24 May 2017, 22:48 ]

Year 9 are taking part in the Small Business Challenge organised by Young Enterprise. Students will take part in a range of activities that gives them an insight into how real business works and provides an introduction to employability skills. The event is taking place on Wednesday 14th June.

Students work throughout the day on competitive business challenges in groups of up to 6, supported by volunteers from the business sector. They begin by taking part in team building challenges before considering employability skills which are important for their future lives, whatever they choose to do.

Students select one of the 30 small business which are up for sale and as a team take on the challenge of coming up with a name for the business, a logo and strapline. The teams go on to develop the business, making decisions on their product, how they will position it in the market and how to create a compelling marketing campaign. They will decide on the staff that they will need to hire, design a staff uniform and all this while ensuring their costs are kept under control and they can balance a budget.

The day culminates in the Business of the Year awards when each team pitches to would be investors to compete for the award for the business most likely to succeed.

We are looking for volunteers with a business background to help on the day which is Wednesday 14th June. To find out more and register your interest please contact Katy Bell, Business Teacher, on 01983 567 331 or

Breakout Youth

posted 24 May 2017, 01:05 by Nat Admin

Catapult Crazy at Newport Roman Villa

posted 24 May 2017, 00:49 by Nat Admin

Drop into Newport Roman Villa between 11am – 3pm and make your own catapult to take home. There will be a catapult competition and a Roman army photo hunt.

Entry and all activities will be just £1 per person on this special day.


The event is organised by the Isle of Wight Heritage ,


Newport Roman Villa, Cypress Road, Newport, PO301HA, 01983 529720


Isle of Wight Festival of Running

posted 18 May 2017, 02:31 by Nat Admin

Year 11 May Half Term Revision Sessions

posted 17 May 2017, 03:37 by Nat Admin

Application Window for Privilege Seat Applications

posted 16 May 2017, 04:41 by Nat Admin

Please click on the file below for information on privilege seat applications.

Communication from our Principal

posted 4 May 2017, 07:21 by Nat Admin

Please open the PDF at the bottom of this page for an important communication from our Principal regarding the AET proposal for Sandown Bay Academy.

Students perform with X Factor winner Louise Johnson at Wembley

posted 19 Apr 2017, 05:48 by Nat Admin

Students had a chance in a lifetime experience when they performed with X Factor winner Louise Johnson on Saturday 8th April 2017. In total 1300 students from schools across the country took part.

The students, from across the year groups, supported the popstar at the launch of Derby Day - Saracen’s annual fixture which this year saw them take on their London rivals Harlequins - in front of a crowd of 72,324 spectators.

In preparation they spent months working on dance routines which they performed with Louisa before the kick off.

Jack Millward, a 6th Former at Ryde Academy, was given a press pass so he could film the performance from the pitch side for event organisers Pro-Excel. You can see it on our YouTube channel.

Dance teacher, Hilary Seaton said: ‘I am beyond delighted at the success of this new partnership between Ryde Academy and Pro-Excel. Whilst we have an established and highly successful dance department at the Academy this opportunity has encouraged many students to participate in extra curricular dance for the first time.

As we exited the players tunnel, the dancers faces lit up in disbelief as they cast their eyes on Wembley Stadium and any signs of nerves turned to excitement. The atmosphere was absolutely electric and I know this will create lifelong memories for the dancers and the families who travelled up to watch.

As a dance teacher, I am a massive advocate of how dance can enrich a young person's life and educational experience. This opportunity has allowed students to gain confidence, make new friends, show perseverance, work hard, display discipline and gain work experience. I could not be prouder of what they have achieved’.

The Academy’s dance partners, Pro-Excel have been producing similar shows at major stadiums across the UK for over 15 years and are incredibly proud to be working on the Isle of Wight for the very first time.

‘The students at Ryde Academy have clearly demonstrated that there is a vast wealth of talent on the Island and it's a real privilege for our organisation to be invited here. Our show at Wembley Stadium is the biggest mass-movement dance production in the UK and this year is no exception with over 1,300 students from 23 schools and academies taking part.

For us it’s all about creating lifelong memories and we hope we can do this for the students, staff and parents of this wonderful Academy.’

If you would like to get your school involved in any of Pro-Excel's major stadium dance projects please email or message us via our Pro-Excel Facebook group:

You can see all the photos from the day on our 'Ryde Academy in Pictures' page.

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