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24 March 2017

posted 27 Mar 2017, 05:42 by Nat Admin

                                                        Year 10 students creating Shakespeare themed board 
                                                        games including McNopoly!

Year 11 students using graffiti to help prepare for their
GCSE English exams 

I loved seeing the photos on the front cover of this newsletter from English lessons where staff and students show how creative English can be.

A copy of the Easter Y11 GCSE revision sessions timetable can be found on our website. Please note reception isn’t staffed over the holidays so students will need to make sure they arrive in reception on time where their subject teacher will meet them.

I am looking forward to the staff ‘Bake off’ next week on Tuesday 28th March which has been organised as part of the Rock Challenge fundraising efforts. I have booked tickets for the final and it is lovely to hear that lots of you have also booked tickets to support the team. Ryde will definitely rock the house!

The New Carnival Company will be using our hall for one of their costume designing courses. Following several years of not being involved with the carnivals and Mardi Gras I am pleased that we are back on the carnival float! As you saw in the last Newsletter some of our students have created a song for local primary school students to perform at the Mardi Gras. We have also have a Mardi Gras club who are making plans for the event in July.

Speaking of events, the arrangements for the dance performance at Wembley in April have also been confirmed. Seventy of our students are off to Wembley on 8th April to open the Saracens pre-match show along side 2015 X-Factor winner Louisa Johnson.

On Thursday 6th April will are holding another ‘So you think you can dance’ competition following the success of last years performance. We will let you know once the tickets are on sale.

Have a lovely weekend.



17 March 2017

posted 17 Mar 2017, 07:13 by Nat Admin   [ updated 17 Mar 2017, 07:18 ]

I visited All Saints Church on Monday to speak to Cannon Graham Morris about using the church for our Awards Evening. Last year was the first time we did a proper awards evening and I was so proud of all the students who were nominated. It was lovely to see parents come along and celebrate their child’s success. We wanted to build on that by having a better venue than our hall and Cannon Morris has kindly allowed us to use the church to hold the event on Wednesday 5th July. More information will follow later in the year. 
Some of our Student Council attended Ryde Town Council’s Commonwealth celebrations. 
I am always pleased when we are able to take part in community events and it’s such a 
valuable experience for students.

The Student Council will be visiting the site of our new school next week. They have been involved right from the start in terms of some aspects of the building design and this is a great opportunity for them to see the progress McAlpines have made.

Some of you may have heard me mention STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). This is an area that has become increasingly important within education and careers and will also be a big influence in the new building with specially created STEM areas. We have also this week appointed a STEM co-ordinator who is our very own 
John Nicholson, Teacher of ICT, who will lead this important work.

Have a lovely weekend.


10 March 2017

posted 10 Mar 2017, 05:36 by Nat Admin   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 08:28 ]

I had my first opportunity to have a look at the site of the new school this week and I am so pleased with the progress that the builders have made. We have included some images on the front page of the newsletter and as you can see the interior of the building is really beginning to take shape. The next group to visit the site will be the Student Council.

The construction company will be confirming by Easter a completion date for a hand over of the new building and we remain optimistic that we will move into our new buildings in September 2017. I will confirm details with you as soon as I am in a position to do so.

Thank you to the Year 9 parents and students who returned their options forms. W
e are now working through them and we will be writing to parents with their child’s options in the coming weeks.

The Year 11 mock exams for English, Science and Maths are starting next week and you can find a copy of the timetable on the website under the Exams tab.

Have a nice weekend.



3 March 2017

posted 3 Mar 2017, 05:42 by Nat Admin   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 08:30 ]

Welcome back and I hope everyone had a relaxing break.

Although it has been a difficult week for all involved in the Academy, I have been proud of the response from staff and students and I would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support.

Well done to all the students who came in for the Wembley dance rehearsal for four days over the half term. Miss Seaton said they worked incredibly hard. It was also fantastic to see lots of students in for the GCSE revision sessions we held over half term. These sessions can make all the difference.

The Rock Challenge team were at Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday performing their showcase. The feedback I have had is that they were brilliant and are ready for the final in April. You can see images from the day in the Newsletter.

World Book Day was a great success. Thank you to everyone who helped organise it. The students had great fun and again raised some significant funds for their House charities.

Our next Parents’ evening is for Year 10s and is on Thursday 9th March.

Have a lovely weekend.



17 February 2017

posted 17 Feb 2017, 07:19 by Nat Admin   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 08:31 ]

As well as the Year 11 revision sessions in the half term (the timetable of sessions can be found on our website) we also have the ProExcel choreographers in to work with the students who will be performing at the Rugby Union Opening games at Wembley in April.

Thank you to the Student Council who spent their break time on Tuesday meeting with designers from McAlpine to look at the colours of the student toilets for the new school. They put a lot of thought into the process and I am sure their chosen colours will look great. Watch this space…..                                   

We have a busy start to the term beginning with a production dealing with the issues of sexting by Hampshire Police. This will be on Monday 27th February and is for our Years 9 and 10.

On Wednesday 1st March the Rock Challenge team will be performing their showcase in Portsmouth and we would like to wish them all the best. You can find out more about their performance, and see photos from a rehearsal, in the Newsletter.

On Thursday 2nd March we are celebrating World Book Day. It will be a mufti day for all students. The day is taking elements from the book ‘Hunger Games’ and will introduce students to the idea of dystopian fiction. Students will be able to wear non uniform based on their House colours in exchange for £1 for their House charity. Year 11 students should use the House colour they had when they were in Year 10. Each of the House colours will represent a ‘district’ as per the ‘Hunger Games’. There will be a number of activities in the run up to and on World Book Day.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a relaxing half term.


10 February 2017

posted 10 Feb 2017, 05:19 by Nat Admin

X Factor was brilliant! There was some fantastic talent on display and the night was a sell out! Well done to the Year 10 boys who won with their band ’Radio Silence’. We had five finalists which were chosen by the judges and the winner was then voted for by the audience. They all made me so proud and it was lovely to see the support they received from the audience.

Images from the night can be found on the front page of the Newsletter and videos from some of the performances can be found on our YouTube Channel.

Next week is our last week and then it’s half term. Don’t forget that Friday 17th of February is an INSET day and students won’t be in school.

We have a number of Year 11 revision sessions over the holidays and letters have been sent home with further details. A full copy of the
timetable can be found on our website and hard copies will also be available at our Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 16th February.

On Wednesday 1st March we have our Rock Challenge show case. I would like to wish all the performers and back stage crew good luck for the event.

Don’t forget that Year 9 Options forms need to be returned by Friday 3rd March.

Have a nice weekend.



3 February 2017

posted 3 Feb 2017, 08:04 by Nat Admin

Futures Fortnight has begun and our 6th Formers have been working in a variety of organisations all over the Island including Wight Media Services, Cats Protection and A R Ball Engineering. You can see some of the photos in the Newsletter.

Well done to Kaitlyn Croxall, Year 12, who did her work experience with us and produced this week's Newsletter. I think she has done a great job!

Kaitlyn was also given the opportunity to visit the site of the new school and took the photos on the front page of the Newsletter. 

Year 11s were able to spend some time at the 6th Form centre experiencing lessons and visiting the careers fair which included stands from the NHS, universities and the Armed Forces as well as many more, again Kaitlyn was there to cover it!

Our Year 9 options evening was well attended and I hope parents and students received all the information needed to make their choices. Please contact your tutor, Mr Merrett, Vice Principal, or Mr Watt, Year Manager, if you have any further questions. Your choices need to be submitted by Friday 3rd March.

I am looking forward to the X Factor performance and am delighted that I have been asked to judge again this year. I was so proud of the talent on show last year. 

Have a nice weekend.



27 January 2017

posted 27 Jan 2017, 06:15 by Nat Admin   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 08:32 ]


We have definitely had our share of fog this week!

I was at the Student Council meeting last Friday and continue to be impressed with their maturity and occasional quirky idea! Lots of the queries that I receive at meetings across the school at the moment are about the new building and I hope to soon be able to provide more information in terms of the final moving in date.

The Student Council will be among one of the first groups of people who will have a tour of the new site and Kaitlyn, one of our 6th Formers who will be producing the Newsletter as part of her work experience, will be doing a feature on the new school in the next Newsletter. Exciting times!

Next week is the Options Evening for our Year 9s and more information about the evening can be found in this Newsletter. You should also have received a text confirming the date and time. The deadline for submitting choices is 3rd March which gives your child plenty of time to discuss their options with their teachers and also a good opportunity for you to talk about it as a family.

Good luck to all our 6th Formers who are completing work experience at various organisations on the Island. Kaitlyn will also be covering this as part of her own work experience as the Academy’s roving reporter.

Year 11 students will be receiving their mock exam results on Wednesday 1st February during tutor time.

To end a busy week we also have the Cardiac Risk in the Young heart screening taking place on 2nd and 3rd February, the Intermediate Maths Challenge on 2nd February and X Factor rehearsals on 31st January!

Have a lovely weekend.



20 January 2017

posted 20 Jan 2017, 04:18 by Nat Admin   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 08:32 ]

Our next Parents’ Evening is for our 6th Form and is on Thursday 26th January at Haylands.

Good luck to all the students taking part in the X Factor auditions after school on Tuesday 24th January. The final performance will be on Tuesday 7th February and tickets will be on sale soon!

Following on from the success of Futures Week last year, we are doing it again and have extended it to run over a two week period. This will include work experience for our 6th Form as well as a careers fair for our Year 11s. A list of the events taking place can be found on our website under the Student tab. 

Mock exams have now finished and students will receive their results during tutor time on Wednesday 1st February.

Don’t forget our next INSET day is on 17th February which is the Friday before half term. I hope this gives some of you the opportunity to get away earlier if you are going on holiday.

Have a nice weekend.



13 January 2017

posted 13 Jan 2017, 07:58 by Nat Admin   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 08:33 ]

Well the long anticipated snow never settled!

The new term has been a busy one so far with mock exams and the Year 9 Parents’ Evening. Thank you to all the parents that completed our questionnaires. We appreciate your feedback and the students earn valuable House points!

Our next Parents’ Evening is for 6th Form and is on Thursday 26th January.

We are also holding the Year 9 Options Evening on 2 February which has been planned to run during the first week of Futures Fortnight. A number of activities will take place during Futures Fortnight and once confirmed we will send further details.

The Year 11s have been sitting their mock exams and I have received lovely feedback from staff about the attitude and maturity displayed by students. Don’t forget we have lots of revision resources on our website and students are encouraged to attend the lunch and after school revision sessions put on by subjects.

I have received some lovely letters in the last few weeks congratulating the Academy on our Good Ofsted rating. It’s heart-warming to have the support from the community and for people to take the time to contact us.

Have a nice weekend.



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