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30 June 2017

posted 30 Jun 2017, 08:04 by Nat Admin   [ updated 14 Aug 2017, 04:34 ]

Please accept my apologies regarding the recent announcement made by AET reporting that I would be the Executive Head at Sandown Bay in September. It was a relief to see it withdrawn so swiftly!  What is true is that all Island children deserve a decent education and we have offered our full support to our sister school Sandown Bay to do whatever we can to help the new leadership team to achieve the best outcomes for Sandown students through these turbulent times and whilst a decision is made about the future of the Academy. In my previous school I successfully supported other schools who were in difficulty but my absolute priority always remained to ensure that standards continued to improve in my own school.  The same applies to my role at Ryde which I love and have absolutely no desire to give up.

I have read many of the things that have been written about me in a negative way on social media and find them hurtful and judgemental and written by people who neither know me or indeed the facts. However, I think we can help Sandown and I find it impossible to just sit and do nothing; the children there deserve better. I don't know why these things are being played out in the media but can reassure you that in school we remain focused on the task of ensuring our students benefit from a happy and progressive school environment where they are our absolute focus. I am so very grateful to the staff here for their absolute professionalism through these disruptive times and to all of you for your on going support.

Last Friday was a fantastic day! It was great to see so many of our Year 11s return for the leavers assembly and Jack Millward, Year 12, did a beautiful job of capturing all the memories of the last 5 years in an excellent video which included photos of students all through their school time and goodbye messages from staff.

The students looked absolutely stunning in their prom outfits and it was nice to see so many of their families and our staff show up just to see them in. There were lots of tears and smiles.

Thank you to the Mayor and his wife, Henry and Val Adams, for coming along to our Year 9 Science Fair. I was impressed with some of the work students had done and the displays looked lovely.

It was good to meet out new year 7s on Thursday and Friday and I hope they found the two days with us useful. Thank you so much to all our current student helpers—they did us proud as always welcoming and supporting the Year 6s. Next week is the turn of Year 5 students and I hope they enjoy the lessons (and lunch in the canteen!) as much as the Year 6s did.

One of my favourite times of the year is next week, our awards evening! We had so much feedback from parents last year who really enjoyed the whole evening and sharing their child’s success with other parents and students. This year we are lucky to be holding it at All Saints Church, thanks to Cannon Graham Morris. If your child has achieved an award you will have received a letter through the post.

Next week we are posting letters home about arrangements for the last day of term—where does the time go!

Have a lovely weekend.