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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.




8 December 2017

posted 8 Dec 2017, 08:15 by Nat Admin   [ updated 8 Dec 2017, 08:16 ]

The Academy Christmas tree has arrived so we can officially start Christmas!

I am really looking forward to our Christmas carol service at St James’s on Wednesday 20th December and I hope as many of you as possible can join us at 6.30pm.

You should by now have received a letter with information about the last day of term which is Thursday 21st December. The letter includes a slip which you need to complete if your child is having Christmas lunch on Wednesday 20th December.

Following the success of the last disco organised by the 6th Formers, the Rock Challenge Committee are holding another one for Year 8s—all money raised goes to the 2018 Rock Challenge performance.

We start next week with our school show which this year is ‘We Will Rock You’. The students have worked so hard, including at weekends, and we are expecting a sell out performance on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th December.

It was nice to see so many Year 10 parents at the parents’ evening on Thursday. Our next one is for Year 9 and is being held on Thursday 11th January.

Have a nice weekend.



1 December 2017

posted 1 Dec 2017, 08:53 by Nat Admin

The weather is turning colder and it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! We are finalising the plans for Christmas at the Academy and, as well as all the traditional activities, student/staff Christmas lunch, decorating the tree, and the school show, we are for the first time holding a Ryde Academy Carol service. This will be taking place at St James’s Church in Lind Street and everyone is welcome.

We will be sending letters out to you today with information about the arrangements for the last day of term, which includes a Christmas Jumper day to raise money for the Year 11 Prom and our House charities.

Next week we have our Year 10 parents’ evening on Thursday 7th December.

Have a lovely weekend.



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!


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