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19 October 2018

posted 19 Oct 2018, 08:47 by K Hooper

More and more we are using email as a form of communication between home and school and students and parents tells us this is a really effective way of staying in touch. If you think you haven’t given us your email address you can do so by emailing or calling on 01983 567 331.

You may remember we wrote about Lucas in Year 8 in the Newsletter earlier this month after he won Wight in Bloom. Ryde Town Council have just contacted us to say he has also won Ryde in Bloom. He was awarded
the ‘Young Persons, 14 Years and Under’ category and the ‘John Warner Cup award for Outstanding Youth Contribution to the ‘In Bloom’ ethos’. He also made all of the Town Council  staff the most stunning button holes, one of which you can see Councillor Karen Lucioni wearing in the photo of Lucas with herself and the Mayor. Grace, from the Council said ‘Lucas was incredibly polite and thankful, and it was an absolute pleasure to have him present at the awards evening’

I love it when people contact us to give feedback about our students. We recently had an email from the Local Safeguarding Children's Board after some of our students attended their safeguarding conference. You can read more about it in the next Newsletter but they said ‘I am emailing to say how wonderful it was to have your students at our Annual Safeguarding Conference last week. They were absolutely charming. It was a pleasure to have them take part in our conference’.

We are already proud of them but it’s lovely to hear others think the same.

Congratulations to this week’s Principal star Casey Harmsworth (Year 11) Casey has been staying behind after school regularly to do art catch up work. She has shown resilience, perseverance and aspiration in her character. She has worked with focus and determination in order to 
make progress and aim for a better grade at GCSE.

I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable half term.











5 October 2018

posted 5 Oct 2018, 08:16 by K Hooper

We had a fantastic Open Evening on Thursday and we are incredibly proud of our Prefects and student helpers who helped set up, showed parents and pupils around, served refreshments and welcomed people as they arrived. We also had two beautiful performances and some student speakers.


On the last day of this term, Friday 19th October, we are holding a mufti day. Students and staff will be able to wear non uniform, which must be in their House colour, for a donation of £1.


Members of the Student Council have started up a stationery shop in the library where students can buy stationery items during tutor time. Thank you very much to Caterlink, our canteen providers, for donating the till students will be using.


I would also like to thank Richard May, Headteacher at Greenmount Primary School and also a talented artist. He has donated one of his paintings to us and Midi and Jasmine from the Student Council chose the painting which now takes pride of place in our foyer by reception.


On Thursday 11th October 4pm-7pm we are holding our ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening for parents/carers of our Year 7 students.  As the name suggests this is an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor who will discuss how your child has settled into the Academy. It will give you the chance to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have. To book an appointment with the tutor please log onto enter the following code, 6xvjk, and press go. You will be asked for your email address to proceed to book the appointment.


Congratulations to this weeks winner of the Principal’s Star award - James Watson in Year 7. He recently committed an act of public service and we are proud of his community spirit.


Have a lovely weekend.



     Student Helpers during the Open Evening

     Painting by Richard May

28 September 2018

posted 28 Sep 2018, 06:34 by K Hooper

I had a great afternoon at Islands Got Talent. Congratulations to Hayley (Y11) who was crowned the winner and to our Elite Dance team who came second. The annual competition is a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their talent and they certainly did that!

I am so pleased to see our school radio station back in action! This is something we started in the old building but we just didn’t have the facilities to do it justice. However, thanks to the hard work of the radio students, Mr Doyle and our IT department we now have a state of the art station which is able to play music and news to the whole Academy.

Something else that has been in place for a while is our House system. Again it has been a work in progress but this year we have lots of exciting plans for the Houses which you will soon hear more about.

Don’t forget it is our Open Evening for Years 5 and 6 on Thursday 4th October. This is a great opportunity to speak to our students and staff and have a look around our new school building. I will be giving talks at 4.30pm and 5.30pm in the Theatre.

Congratulations to this weeks’ winner of the Principal’s Star award - Hayley Andrews in Year 11. Hayley recently won 'Islands Got Talent' which is a testament to how hard she has worked on her singing talent as well as her confidence. It is lovely to see how far she has come and her tenacity to overcome her nerves and get up in front of people to perform.


Have a lovely weekend.




21 September 2018

posted 21 Sep 2018, 07:43 by K Hooper

I have had the pleasure of helping with Hampshire’s Isle of Wight Education Awards and I am proud to say that three of our staff have been nominated for an award (Unsung Hero, Unleashing the Potential and Wider Contributions to the Community) at the ceremony being held at Quay Arts in November. As part of my role I will be visiting the award nominees from other Island schools and I am looking forward to meeting them and finding out more about the inspirational work they do with our children.

I am so proud of all our students who put themselves forward for the auditions of Islands Got Talent, several of whom are now in the finals! Our Elite dance team, who won last year, are defending their title and Hayley Andrews, Abi Hawkes and Oli Brunton will be singing.

Thank you to Cambridge University who came in to work with a group of our students this week. It is so important that students are exposed to a range of opportunities on and off the Island including apprenticeships, industries and universities. Our careers provision is improving year on year and students are able to access a range of workshops and experiences as part of thinking about their next steps.

On Thursday 4th October we are holding our Open Evening for parents of students in year 5 and 6. The evening runs from 4pm to 7pm and I will be holding two talks at 4.30pm and 5.30pm. You will be able see performances from students and try food served in the canteen as well as speak to staff and students and have a look around the new building.

Congratulations to this weeks Principal Star Matthew Wallace (Y11) who has returned this year with a fantastic attitude towards school and his studies. Staff have been amazed at the resilience and determination he has shown in applying himself and we are proud of him for all he has overcome.


14 September 2018

posted 18 Sep 2018, 04:32 by K Hooper

I received two emails last week about three of our Prefects who showed guests around following our opening ceremony. Poppy, Louis and Jasmine spent over an hour showing Ann, Malcolm and David (Historic Ryde Society and Ryde Social Heritage Group) around the school. They said ‘The 3 students who explained the various rooms etc were amazing and such a credit to the academy, we asked a lot of questions and nothing was too much trouble to explain, and we were made to feel very welcome’.

In another email, ‘Please also pass on our thanks to the three students, Poppy, Jasmine and Louis, who willingly gave up an hour of their time showing us around, patiently answering our many and varied questions.  We took so long that everyone else was long since gone!  They obviously enjoy their time at the school, and are a credit to it’.

Well done to them and all the other Prefects who came in a day early to attend the ceremony. I am looking forward to working with the Prefect team in the coming year.

We have now published the timetable for Year 11 revision sessions. Every year we are told by Year 11 students how much of an impact these lunch and after schools sessions have on revision and results so it’s never to early to start attending. Details can be found on our website under the Exams tab.

We have also published a programme of extra curricular activities for all students and this can be found on our website under the Student tab or from our reception.

Congratulations to Jasmine Corney (Y11) for being the Principal’s star for this week. She was not only nominated for helping at the opening ceremony but for her role as an advocate for mental wellbeing in young people for the Youth Trust. It is lovely to see someone so passionate about helping others and contributing to the community she lives in.


Have a lovely weekend. 




7 September 2018

posted 10 Sep 2018, 08:06 by Nat Admin

Welcome back to all our students and especially to our new Year 7s.


We are aware of the issues facing our uniform suppliers where the manufacturer has not supplied them with the ties they ordered. They have said the ties will be in on Monday 10th September. Thank you for your patience while they have tried to resolve the issue.


From Monday 10th September all students are expected to be wearing their blazers.


What a fantastic summer! I have loved spending time on the Island and enjoyed as many of the events the Island had to offer over the holidays that I could.


Lots of our students have been busy over the holidays including Talitha in Year 8 who, along with her sister, raised enough money to buy a toilet for a community in Myanmar by doing henna tattoos and face painting at the New Wine Festival in Shepton Mallet. Talitha, also performed at Wight Proms during the Summer which I was lucky enough to see. One of our new Year 7s, Arthur, was one of two young people who were representing the Isle of Wight at Wimbledon as part of a national tennis competition. As part of it he got to meet and train with Tim Henman!


We were over the moon with our results which you can read about on the front page. It is a real testament to the hard work of the students and also the commitment from the staff who worked so hard to support them.

We also officially opened the doors of our new school on Tuesday 4th September. Gioia Minghella-Giddens, the High Sheriff for the Island, led the opening ceremony. The event was attended by a diverse range of community members and stakeholders ranging from the Ryde Business Association to local residents. A flag was raised by the Sheriff who was helped by Calvin. It was such as special day and it is heart warming to work within a community where there is so much interest and hope for the new school. I really feel that at last the children of Ryde have been given the school they deserve with outstanding facilities which will house our 21st century curriculum and enable out students to take ambitious steps into the future'. 


Congratulations to this weeks Principal star who is Calvin in Year 11. Calvin is always willing to help and has done so on many occasions including transition days, lunchtime clubs and parents' evenings. He recently helped set up for the official opening during the holidays. He can always be relied on and is a very thoughtful and kind young man.


Have a lovely weekend.













13 July 2018

posted 13 Jul 2018, 07:08 by Nat Admin

I was inspired by Joanna, the Holocaust survivor, who came to speak to students on Thursday. Her story was fascinating, sad and powerful at the same time and I was so proud of our students who asked some very thoughtful questions at the end.

The Year 11 Prom was a fantastic success and the students looked beautiful. Thank you to the staff and prom committee who organised it and to Ryde Castle for having us. Congratulations to the Prom King and Queen  Alexandra Salmon and Christian Baxter.

You should by now have received a letter with information about the last day of term. A copy can also be found on our website. We will be holding a mufti day for Aspire Ryde on the last day of term. Aspire is a charity and our local community centre which all of us have access to. They have a café, run a wide variety of groups, and can also be booked for events. - suggested donations for wearing mufti is 50p and will be collected during the morning of the last day. Hoodies must not be worn to school.

At the beginning of the holidays we will be sending a letter home with information about the start of term including a transition booklet for our new Year 7s. This was put together with help from one of our Parent and Community group members who is a parent of a Year 7 student. We welcomed her feedback about the transition process and what she would have found useful when her child started at the Academy.

Next week is our rewards trip to the cinema which was very successful last year. Thank you to Ryde Cinema for helping to make this happen.

Congratulations to this weeks Principal star Becky Sullivan in Year 9. Becky regularly helps out at Board Games club and recently

supported a younger student who was having some issues. She works really well with younger students and her kindness and empathy towards them is lovely to see. It is also good to see how Becky has made lots of progress in terms of her own attitude and behaviour and as we come to the end of the school year, it's good to see her kindness and thoughtfulness shining through.

Next week is also the last week of term! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone.

Have a lovely weekend.












6 July 2018

posted 9 Jul 2018, 08:01 by Nat Admin

I had such a good time at the Mardi Gras and was so proud not only of our students but of all the participants. They looked fantastic and were true professionals dancing for so long in this heat. 

Our awards evening on Wednesday was a lovely celebration of our students. Thank you to all the families that came along to see students receive their awards and well done to them for all their hard work to achieve them.

A letter has now been posted home with information about the arrangements for the last day of term. The school will be closing at 12.20pm for students and the bus will leave at 12.30pm. A copy of the letter can be found on our website under the Parent tab.

A big thank you to Platform One for putting us in touch with a fantastic young band called Rhythm Valley who performed at our Year 11 Leavers assembly. It was an honour to be able to see young talent being produced on the Island.

We are holding the interviews for next years Prefect team on Friday. We had a good standard of applicants which will make the selection process very difficult. We will announce the successful candidates in due course.

Next week and until the end of term students are not required to wear ties and boys may wear shorts because of the continuing heatwave. All other aspects of the uniform, including shoes and shirts, still apply. Our Student Council are reviewing summer school uniform with a view to introducing shorts from next year. Please remember to make sure your child has a water bottle which can be refilled during the day and to wear sunscreen.

Congratulations to Jessica Newbery (Year 7) who is this weeks Principal Star.
Jessica's positive outlook along with her can do attitude means she is often one of the first to volunteer to help with Academy and community events including Mardi Gras and helping to support our new Year 7s.

I hope all the Year 11s have a great time at their Prom this evening. I can’t wait to see them all dressed up.

Have a lovely weekend.










29 June 2018

posted 29 Jun 2018, 08:54 by Nat Admin

The festival weather definitely continued into the week!

Whilst the England team were making short work of Panama, some of our boys were in Portugal playing in the Beach Soccer semi finals. The under 16s lost 4-3 and the under 18s lost 5-2 however,
both teams came 4th in the 2 edition of the Youth International Beach Soccer Championships. Well done to them. Thank you to Luke Kerr for sharing the photos with us.

It was good to see all our new Year 7s here for the two days this week. Thank you to all our student helpers for spending the day with them and making sure they felt welcome.

Next week is a very busy week with 6th Form taster days (Monday to Wednesday), Awards Evening on 4th July, Year 11 Leavers Assembly and Prom on Friday 6th July. We also have Young Enterprise events for Year 9 on Tuesday and Year 8 on Wednesday, the Urdang dance workshop and Family learning also on the Tuesday.

Well done to this weeks Principal Star who is Georgia Newbery.
Georgia is an enthusiastic student who gets involved in lots of things at the Academy including Student Council, Mardi Gras and helping with the transition students. Her confidence and willingness to help others is admirable especially in a student only at the beginning of their school career.

Good luck to all the students and staff taking part in Mardi Gras. Please go along and see them if you can. The parade sets off from Ryde School at 3pm and makes it’s way through Newport Street, High Street and then to the Esplanade via Union Street. I saw them rehearsing yesterday and they were fantastic!

Have a lovely weekend.



22 June 2018

posted 22 Jun 2018, 05:42 by Nat Admin

Outdoor space - progressing well

Cameron Cartwright - Principal's Star

Most of our Year 11s have now finished their exams. We are really looking forward to seeing them back in on Friday 6th July for their leavers assembly at 10.30am (students will need to be in uniform) and then at their Prom at Ryde Castle in their finery.

I had a fantastic time at the Year 13 celebrations on Friday. It was lovely to receive an invitation and be able to share in their success. We would like to wish them all the best with their future plans.

It’s not long until Mardi Gras, Saturday 30th June. If you can please come along and support our students. T
he overall theme is 'Global Biospheres' and our section is representing the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Columbia. We are very pleased to have been awarded this area, as it has provided great scope for 3D pieces and the use of bright colours which we are hoping will look fantastic on the day. We are also able to recycle some of the costumes from our Rock Challenge performance which lends itself to the ethos of helping to protect our global biospheres. You can find out more in this weeks County Press which includes a special feature.

Thank you to Layton Williams, a West End dance performer, for coming in and working with our Billy Elliot cast. You can read all about it on the front of this Newsletter.

I am looking forward to meeting our new Year 7s when they come up for Year 6 transition on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June.

You can see from the pictures that the outside space is progressing and the layout for the carpark and visitors entrance is taking shape.

Well done to Cameron Cartwright (Year 7) who is this weeks Principal’s Star. He was nominated for his
fundraising efforts doing a 10 mile walk to raise money for RP Fighting Blindness which he did for his grandad and all the people with sight problems. He was positive throughout despite the heat and sometimes rough ground.

Have a good weekend. If you are going to the festival please be safe and have a fantastic time.



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