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20 April 2018

posted 20 Apr 2018, 08:20 by Nat Admin   [ updated by N Nelson ]

Rewards Trip to the Cinema








I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break despite the wet weather at the start.

As the weather has now warmed up, from Monday 23 April students will no longer have to wear or bring to school their blazers during the hot weather. All other aspects of the uniform policy must still be complied with particularly with regards to not wearing hoodies.

I have heard lots of positive comments from students and parents about the recent rewards trip to the cinema in Ryde. It was fantastic that they opened it up for us so students could enjoy a reward in their own community at the end of term. 

Now we have settled into our new building and become familiar with working within it we have made some minor operational changes to the use of toilet facilities. There is an accessible disabled toilet on each floor for our students who have medical conditions that we have been made aware of, and also two sets of toilets on the ground floor that students are able to use throughout the day. The remaining toilets on the top and middle floors are open at break times and lunch times only. This is so that we can ensure that the toilet facilities are used sensibly and kept fresh and clean at all times.

The countdown to exams has started and it was good to see lots of students coming in, some every day, to the revision sessions put on over the Easter holidays. Our lunchtime and after school revision/prep sessions continue this term and a full list can be found on our website under the exams tab. Our next Family Learning exam prep workshop is for Maths and is taking place on Tuesday 24th April at 4.45pm. There are also a range of revision tips and guides on our website.

Good luck to the students doing their practical Dance and Art and Photography exams next week.

Friday 27th April is the deadline for the submission of the Year 8 Options forms. Please make sure these are handed into your child’s tutor. A letter will be sent to you as soon as the information has been processed and the curriculum finalised.

Have a lovely weekend.


23 March 2018

posted 20 Apr 2018, 08:15 by Nat Admin   [ updated by N Nelson ]

No snow for years and then we have two lots!

Thank you for your understanding about having to cancel afterschool clubs and meetings. I did have a couple of Year 11 students who asked if we would reconsider as they wanted to attend exam revision sessions, but we wanted to get everyone home as soon as school was finished.

I don’t want to tempt fate but I think we can now look forward to Spring!

Next week is our last week before the Easter holidays. Our last day is Thursday 29th March and we will be ending with the rewards trip to the cinema in Ryde who have kindly agreed to open just for our students and for a reduced rate.

I know some of you have raised concerns about the way the rewards trip spaces were allocated in the past. We have listened and this year we are using a fairer approach to the allocation of places. Students haven been told if they have earned a place they need to collect a letter from Student Services.

As previously mentioned students in Year 8 will have the opportunity to choose some of their options before Year 9 and on Wednesday 28th March we are holding a Year 8 Options evening for parents and students so you can find out more about the process and which subjects are available.

On the same evening we also have the our next GCSE preparation family learning session which is for English and starts at 4pm. You should have received a letter about it but if you have any queries please contact reception.

Have a lovely weekend.



16 March 2018

posted 16 Mar 2018, 09:32 by Nat Admin   [ updated by N Nelson ]

Thank you to all the parents and students who have handed in their Year 9 Option forms. It’s good to see how much thought students have put into their choices.

On the subject of Options, as mentioned in a previous Newsletter, students will be able to choose some of their Options in Year 8. We are holding a Year 8 Parent Options Evening on Wednesday 28th March and students will also be able to attend taster sessions so they have an idea of what the subjects involve. Further information will follow.

Well done to all the Year 11 students who completed and passed their Finance qualification this week. We have a number of exam related events in the calendar next week including GCSE Art (Wednesday 21st March) and GCSE photography (Friday 23rd March) preparation days for Year 11. Year 11 GCSE food students will also be doing their practicals on Thursday 22nd March, so good luck to them.

Following on from their success last year, we have been holding special Year 11 exam preparation family learning sessions for parents and students. These continue with an RE workshop on Tuesday 20th March at 4.45pm. You should have received a letter about the event.

Well done to the BBC School Report team who did a fantastic job of producing their report. You can read more about it in this Newsletter.

Have a lovely weekend.



9 March 2018

posted 9 Mar 2018, 08:31 by Nat Admin

The snow has gone and the days are getting longer! It’s lovely to see that it is lighter in the mornings and evenings and a real sign that spring is on it’s way.

Demolition continues as you can see from the pictures on the right. I can view the work being done from my office and it’s fascinating to see how they can dismantle a building so quickly and with very little disruption to the school day.

Congratulations to our two IT apprentices, Connor (a former student) and Alex, for winning ‘Apprentice champions of the year’ awards. I am very proud of them and pleased their hard work and studies have been recognised. The Academy also won ‘Best Academy support of the year’ at the AET Apprenticeship Awards 2018.


We held our last Parents’ Evening on Thursday for Year 8s and attendance was good.

Next week, on 15th March, is BBC School Report Day. I am so pleased that we are involved this year and hope it’s the start of a new tradition. Well done to all the students who have worked so hard on producing their reports and to the 6th formers who have helped manage the process along with Mrs Andrew, Teacher of English and Media.

Have a lovely weekend.




23 February 2018

posted 23 Feb 2018, 07:47 by Nat Admin   [ updated 23 Feb 2018, 07:51 ]


Welcome back and I hope you all had a lovely half term! The holidays started on a high for the New York trip students who looked like they had an amazing time—this is such a once in a life time experience for many and to be able to take part in workshops is so valuable for them.

As you may have seen we are expecting a drop in temperature and there is talk of snow! If there is significant snow fall we will send a text to you as well as posting in all the usual places (social media, website, local media and IWight) to confirm if we are open or closed.

It was lovely to see the Year 5s at the Academy on Thursday and today. They were here to have a taste of life at secondary school and spent time in lessons and having a look around our new school. The Year 6 transition days are taking place on 28th and 29th June 2018.

Some of you may have noticed that demolition of the old school is gathering pace with the removal of the Sportshall.

Good luck to all the Rock Challenge students who will be at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday 26th February for the Showcase. This is where they perform in front of an audience and are then given feedback in preparation for the finals in April. Students, parents and staff have worked hard on the choreography, costumes and set and I look forward to seeing the finished performance.

We also have Mardi Gras music workshops taking place next week. This is similar to last year where our students helped write and then performed the theme tune for the Mardi Gras.

Ryde Carnival are holding their selection night on Saturday 24th February at 5.30 in our Theatre. This is open to all young people to come along to. More information can be found at the back of this Newsletter.

Our next parents’ Evening is on Thursday 8th March and is for Year 8.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.



2 February 2018

posted 2 Feb 2018, 07:32 by Nat Admin

It was good to see so many parents and students at the Year 9 Options Evening and I hope you received all the information you needed to help your child with this important decision. If you do have any other questions please contact your child’s subject teacher or the Vice Principal, Mr Merrett, or the Assistant Vice Principal, Mr Griffiths, on 01983 567331. A copy of the Options booklet and form will be on our website by the end of Monday 5th February. The deadline for handing in the completed forms to tutors is Friday 9th March.

We also had another successful careers fair for our Year 11s. Thank you to all the employers and organisations who gave up their morning to talk to our students. More information and pictures can be seen in the next Newsletter.

The mock exam results are being handed out to Year 11s on Tuesday 6th February.

Our next parents’ evening is for Year 11s and is on Thursday 8th February, 4pm-7pm

Next week is our last week before half term. Our reception will be unstaffed from 5pm on Friday 9th February until Monday 19th February at 8am. There are some revision sessions taking place during the half term and if your child is attending it is essential they arrive on time so they can be met by their subject teacher at time stated in the letter they have received.

Have a lovely weekend.



26 January 2018

posted 26 Jan 2018, 07:48 by Nat Admin

 Rock Challenge 2018

It’s nearly that time of year again. Rock Challenge showcase and finals which are taking place in February and April. It’s been lovely to see all the parents who have been working behind the scenes fundraising and helping with costumes and scenery—thank you.

On the subject of dance we were very lucky to receive a visit from a Brazilian Samba school which you can read about on the front page of this Newsletter. It certainly brought some colour to the rain filled week!

Next week is the start of Futures Fortnight. I am so pleased that we now have a culture whereby careers are a focus all year round but Futures Fortnight still remains an important annual event in our calendar as it gives all our students the chance to think about their choices and what they want to do. We will be holding a number of events next week including a Year 11 careers fair, a 6th Form taster day for our current Year 11s, 6th form work experience and the Year 10 mock interviews.

You can read more about it in the next Newsletter which will be produced by one of our 6th Form students who is doing work experience with us.

As well as all the careers events we also have the Student Council meeting on Wednesday 31st January and the senior/intermediate Maths challenge on Thursday 1st February

Our Year 9 Options Evening is taking place on Thursday 1st February, 4pm-7pm. Letters with further information have been posted home and a copy can be found on our website. A copy of the Options booklet will be given out on the evening and will then be available on our website.

Have a lovely weekend.



19 January 2018

posted 19 Jan 2018, 08:00 by Nat Admin

It is fantastic to see the ski students back in school and hearing all about the trip. Having been surrounded by blue skies and lots of snow they have come back to wind and rain here, and following on from my optimism last week regarding the snags in our new building being rectified, a leaky start!

Thank you to all the Year 11 students and parents who came along to our first progress evening on Monday. The idea was to get parents, students and teachers together and triangulate the students’ learning to help maximise their exam success. We had some positive feedback. Lots of you said that you hadn’t realised how much students had to do and that the evening had given you more confidence to support your child. I think there is no better way of supporting the students than a team effort between school staff and parents and I am so pleased to see this kind of work at Ryde.

We are also pleased to announce that Mr Sean Duignan has taken on some extra responsibility to become Pastoral Lead where he will work with Miss Sweeney helping to
look after our Year 7s.

Our first Family Learning  event took place on Tuesday. This time we saw the return of badminton which has proved very popular in the past.


Our next Parents’ Evening is for our 6th Form and is taking place on Thursday 25th January, 4pm-7pm at the Haylands site.

Have a lovely weekend.













      Family Learning Badminton

12 January 2018

posted 12 Jan 2018, 08:14 by Nat Admin

We look forward to welcoming back our students and staff who are returning from their skiing adventure in the Alps. They look as if they’ve had the time of their lives and had an amazing adventure. In a few weeks we will be waving off others who are off to New York. I personally have never visited either of these places and I feel so very proud of the staff here who organise these trips, which not only enhance the curriculum, bringing it to life, but broaden the horizons and dreams of the future for our children.

For those of us back in school, we have all settled down quickly following the Christmas break with business as usual.

It was a pleasure to see so many parents and carers attending the Year 9 parents’ evening and I know for many of you a chance to take a quick look at our new school. Most of the teething problems are now resolved and I look forward to sharing updates in the next few weeks regarding Phase 2, which is the demolition of the old school and development of the outside areas.


Have a happy and enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes



15 December 2017

posted 15 Dec 2017, 08:08 by Nat Admin

This is our last full week at school and I think all of us are looking forward to a relaxing Christmas break.

Next week we have lots of things to look forward to including our student/staff Christmas lunch on Wednesday 20th December. Please make sure you have completed and returned the slip to the canteen if your child is having a lunch. They will need to pay for it on the day using their thumb/finger print in the usual way.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at our first ever carol service at St James’s Church on Lind Street on Wednesday 20th December at 6.30pm. Please bring your family and friends too.

You should by now have received a letter about the last day of term and a copy can be found on our website under the Parent Tab. Our last day of term is Thursday 21st December and students will be dismissed at 12.20pm. The school bus will depart from the usual place at 12.30pm.

The last day of term is a Christmas jumper day/mufti day (House points for the best jumpers!) and the money raised will be split between the House charities (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and the Year 11 Prom.


Have a lovely weekend.




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