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17 November 2017

posted 17 Nov 2017, 07:47 by Nat Admin

We continue to settle into our new building. I love walking around and seeing all the learning and activities taking place and students telling me how proud they are of their new school.

Now that we have settled in we are also able to meet with community groups to see how we can become more involved. The New Carnival Company launched their theme for 2018 Mardi Gras - Global Biospheres - on Thursday in our Theatre. I also met with the Ryde Carnival Association last week to look at ways of working with them. Watch this space for more information…..

There is a ski trip meeting for parents on Tuesday 28th November, 6pm-7pm.

Our next Parents’ Evening is for Year 10 and is taking place on Thursday 7th December.

Tickets for our Christmas show, ‘We Will Rock You’ are now on sale from reception. The show is taking place in our Theatre on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th December. I am really looking forward to this one as I have heard some of the rehearsals and the students sound cracking!

Have a lovely weekend.



10 November 2017

posted 17 Nov 2017, 07:42 by Nat Admin

What a week! All the planning and work for our big move was worth it just to see the excitement on the students’ faces on Monday. Thank you for all your support in helping to get us to this stage of moving into a building that our students and staff deserve. We know there have been some glitches whilst getting used to new systems, for example ParentPay, and we appreciate your patience and support.

Thank you to all the Year 7 parents who came to the Parents’ evening on Thursday—it was lovely to see so many of you.

On Wednesday 15th November we have our 6th Open Evening so if you know any students looking for a place to study post 16, this is a great opportunity to have a look around and speak to staff.

I would like to wish all the students and staff a safe and enjoyable trip to Berlin, Krakow and Dresden (17th-25th November). This is a popular trip and I know they will have a great time (despite the long coach journey!)

Have a lovely weekend.



20 October 2017

posted 20 Oct 2017, 04:59 by Nat Admin

We have reached the end of the term and the end of an era. Although staff will be in for packing and preparing for the move, this is the last time this building will be used as a school. I know there are lots of us with very happy memories of the school but we are about to embark on a new and exciting chapter.

Following our open day for former staff and students we have received lots of stories and photos and we have started an archive on our website where we will share them with everyone. It is small at the moment but once we are settled in to the new building we will be adding more photos and memories.

You should have received a letter with information about the arrangements for the start of the new term and you can also find this information on our website.

You should also have received information about our new ‘cashless’ catering and biometric system, and again you can find this information on our website. Students have now had their thumbprint scanned (unless permissions were not granted) so they will be ready to use this to pay for their lunch and to use photocopiers and printers when we move into the new school.

Just a reminder that if you are visiting our reception in the new term, the entrance will be further down Pell lane (the old maths gate which is currently being used by McAlpines). Once you arrive you will then need to then walk the length of the building to get to reception. This will be in place for the next year whilst demolition and landscaping works take place.

Our next Parents’ Evening is for Year 7 and takes place on Thursday 9th November 4pm-7pm. Letters have been posted home about this.

I would like to wish you all a relaxing half term.




42 of our students went to see a Rambert (a contemporary dance company in London) triple bill including Ghost Dances (A Level set work) and A Linha Curva (GCSE set work). They loved it so much that they got straight to work on their notes on the midnight ferry!


13 October 2017

posted 13 Oct 2017, 08:49 by Nat Admin

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the Student Council:

Year 11: Pinky Muchenje, Owen Cotton and Kate Wilkinson
Year 10: Amelia Clews and Kristian Rouse
Year 9: Thomas Hayward, Midi Dawson and Annie Newnham
Year 8: Anna Cockayne, Ethan Wolfe, Hannah Ainsworth and India Dale
Year 7: Callum Dean, Georgia Newbery, Jasmine Wheeler and Rosanna Barrett

Their first meeting was on Thursday and the minutes will soon be available on the Student Council page on our website. You can also read more about it in this Newsletter.

It sounds like the students who attended the Literary Festival at Ryde school yesterday had a good morning. More information and photos, taken by Jazmin in Year 7, of the event will be in next weeks Newsletter.

Next week is very busy! Year 11 mock exams are taking place and you should have received a letter about this in the post.

We also have the Year 7 Halloween disco which a group of 6th Form Business students have organised.

On Friday Year 10 and 6th Form students are at Cowes Enterprise College for the Noel Turner Physics Festival. This is a great opportunity for young scientists to link their classroom learning with real life applications of science and also to meet local people who work in the field of science.

A letter has been posted with arrangements for the first day of term and also with information about the new ‘cashless’ catering (ParentPay) and biometric recognition system that will be in place from Monday 6th November. More information about this can be found on our website. 

Friday 20th October is also the last day in this building which will be a bitter sweet moment for many. Although our new school is a much better and more inspired environment for teaching and learning, many of us have fond memories of the old building.

Have a lovely weekend.




6 October 2017

posted 6 Oct 2017, 07:47 by Nat Admin

It’s good to see students themselves making more contributions to the Newsletter. As mentioned in previous Newsletters we now have our own team of ‘Roving Reporters’ who report on and take photos of events in the Academy. Thank you to the team for their contributions as well as to all the other students sending in stories and writing reports for us.

I have been speaking to all the students in their assemblies about earphones which have started to become a permanent fixture for some of them. We are happy for students to listen to music during their break and lunch in designated areas but they must be removed as soon as break and lunch time is over. If we see students wearing them we will confiscate them and call home and ask parents to come and collect them. Thank you for your support with this.

We had a really successful Open Evening on Thursday and I would like to thank all the parents who attended as well as all our students, including the Prefect team, who stayed behind to help.

We will be sending letters home next week with further information about the extended half term and arrangements for the first day back.

Next week a group of our students will be at Ryde School as part of an event to celebrate the Isle of Wight Literary Festival. We attended last year and students took part in a variety of activities including a workshop with an author which everyone enjoyed. I look forward to hearing more about it next week.

Some of our dance students will also be attending a 42nd Street workshop with Millie O’Connell on Thursday.

Have a lovely weekend.



29 September 2017

posted 29 Sep 2017, 06:07 by Nat Admin

Some of the photos of our students from Isle of Wight Day 2017

The winners of Islands Got Talent

I had a fantastic Isle of Wight day which was topped off by seeing our dancers perform, and win, the first ever Islands Got Talent. I was so proud sitting in the audience knowing that they were our students. I have seen how hard they work. Congratulations!

We are getting ever closer to the move into our new school and I will be sending a letter out shortly to all parents with further information regarding getting our students into the new school.

Good luck to all the students who are standing for Student Council. The termly Student Council meetings are probably my favourite meetings that I attend! The elections are taking place on Wednesday 4th October.

We also have our Open Evening on Thursday 5th October. Parents of current Year 5 and 6 students are welcome to come and speak to our staff and students and have a look at some of the subjects we provide.

Have a lovely weekend.


22 September 2017

posted 22 Sep 2017, 08:09 by K Hooper

I was honoured to be invited to an event last Saturday by Aspire Ryde who were celebrating receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from the Lord Lieutenant. Aspire is a fantastic organisation working with local people and providing a community hub for everyone to use. One of our Newsletter reporters, Talitha in Year 7, was there to take photos and she has written the report in this edition of the Newsletter.

We had two sets of auditions this week; Rock Challenge 2018 and the school show which this year is ‘We will Rock You’. The auditions proved popular and Rock Challenge saw about 150 students turn up to audition. It was good to see so many Year 7s coming along. I love both of these events and look forward to them all year.

Just a reminder that we have school photos for Years 7, 9 and 11 on Thursday 28th September.

There is also a meeting for the parents and students who are going on the November Berlin/Krakow/Dresden trip on Wednesday 27th September.

I am looking forward to celebrating Isle of Wight Day over the weekend. We’ve got our bunting up! There will be lots of events including the main parade which this year is taking place in Ryde and an all day party at Simeon Street Rec. I would like to wish our elite dance team all the best for the finals of ‘Islands Got Talent’ which is being held at Cowes Enterprise College.  The judges are Paul Topping, Rob da Bank, Mark King and Anneka Rice! The winners will receive a trophy and the opportunity to perform at Bestival 2018.

Have a lovely weekend.



     Breakfast club is ready for Isle of Wight Day

15 September 2017

posted 15 Sep 2017, 04:43 by K Hooper

We have now completed our first full week of the new academic year and it’s good to see how the new year 7s are now finding their way around the building. Thank you to all our older students who have been their usual helpful selves, showing younger students how to get to lessons.

It’s also lovely to see so many of our Year 11s who have returned to our 6th Form. I wanted to share with you some of the places our Year 13s have continued onto following A Levels and I have highlighted some of them below.

We were all incredibly proud to read about Joe Hancott, who has just left Year 11, and recently became Portsmouth Football Club’s youngest ever first team player. He worked hard at Portsmouth without taking his eye off the ball (excuse the pun!) with his GCSEs. It’s very well deserved.

Our extra curricular booklet has now been published on our website and hard copies have been left with tutors, in reception and in the library.

A copy of our KS4 revision/catch up timetable has also been uploaded to our website under the exams tab. It is never too early to start preparing for exams. When we spoke to our Year 11s on results day they all said how important these after school/lunch time revisions sessions had been in terms of their grades.

Thank you to Cody in Year 7 who has designed the poster for our Breakfast Club which you can find at the back of the Newsletter. The club is open to all students and all food and drink, except for the bacon sandwiches, is free. Students can catch up with friends, do homework or play board games.

Have a lovely weekend.



Next Steps...


     Winchester University seems to be a popular choice this year with several of our students studying for a degree 
     there, including:

     Sam Chiverton—Politics and Global Studies
     Chloe Churches—Health and Social Care 
     Lauren Long—Marketing

     Danielle Morris—Criminology
     Aimee Walls—History 

     Kieran Thorne, our ex Head Boy and former High Sheriff’s cadet, is now studying Law at Nottingham Trent University.

     Amber Gardiner is studying Children’s nursing at Keele and Yi Chin has chosen adult nursing at Portsmouth.

     Zoe Buck has gone to Hertfordshire University to complete a Maths degree.


8th September 2017

posted 11 Sep 2017, 22:44 by Nat Admin

Welcome back and it’s been lovely meeting our new year 7s and catching up with returning students. Although of course I’ve bumped into many of them over the summer out and about in Ryde and beyond!

I held a morning of assemblies with all the years groups on Wednesday and I was impressed with how smart most of them looked. Thank you for your support with this. From Monday 11th September all students must wear their blazers to school. Please can I remind parents that facial piercings are not acceptable under any circumstances and students found to be wearing them will be asked to remove them.

Your child will have received their planner in tutor group on their first day and this provides lots of information for you and them. A booklet of all our extracurricular clubs will be published at the end of this week on our website. Hard copies will also be available from tutors, the library and from our reception.

School photos for Years 7, 9 and 11 are taking place on Thursday 28th September.

You have probably seen the news in the local media about the partial decision having been made with regards to Sandown Bay Academy. If you haven’t you can read one of the articles on the IWCP’s website and no doubt there will be coverage in this weeks edition of the paper.

I have visited our new school a few times over the holidays and the progress is clearly visible which you can see from the images below. The work is essentially completed but finishing touches, a deep clean and snagging needs to take place so we are ready to move in on Monday 6th November. Just a reminder that we have an extended October half term (Monday 23rd October—Friday 3rd November).


21 July 2017

posted 21 Jul 2017, 06:28 by Nat Admin   [ updated 14 Aug 2017, 04:34 ]

What a fantastic weekend on our beautiful Island! The popular Ryde Slide returned and it was good to see some of our students joining in.

The very first Isle of Wight Pride took place on Saturday and was very well attended. It was a real family event and it was good to see the organisers of our Pride themed mufti day there. The money raised today will go to our House charities. Thank you to IW Pride for lending us their banners and bunting which added some colour to the day.

A letter will be posted home during the summer holidays with information about the start of the new term including tutor lists and arrangements for the first day back.

Just a reminder that results days are as follows:

- AS/A Level results: Thursday 17th August, 10:00am-12:00pm at the 6th Form Centre on Playstreet Lane.

- GCSE results: Thursday 24th August, 10:00am-12:00pm at the main school.

Our reception will not be staffed from Monday 24th July until Monday 4th September, with the exception of the results days.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with our journey to excellence. We have had a busy year and we all deserve a break before we begin a new year which includes moving into our brand new school!

Have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer.

Isle of Wight Pride

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