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Year 6 Transition visits

posted 27 Mar 2017, 05:50 by Karen Bricknell

We look forward to meeting the Year 6 students this week who will be starting in Year 7 in September


Transition days/ half days for all students…..

Tuesday 28th March: 9.30- 2.45pm - Bembridge, St Blasius and Broadlea

Wednesday 29th March: 12.30-2.45pm - The Bay, Brading and all out of area schools.

Thursday 30th March: 12.30-2.45pm - Gatten and Lake, Newchurch and St Helens.

National Indoor Rowing Championships

posted 17 Mar 2017, 05:53 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 23 Mar 2017, 01:44 ]

Sandown Bay Academy students were a force to be reckoned with at the 2017 National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships last Friday at Lee Valley Park. The academy came away from the event with all rowers having finished inside the top half of their events and yet another national champion!

16 year olds Daisy Faithfull and Jamie Gamble were the first off, rowing alongside each other in a fiercely competitive category, filled with GB hopefuls. Having earned a bronze medal last year, Daisy was hoping to go better in this year’s event. She didn't disappoint! Daisy won her heat in style with a time of 7.39.3, but was forced to endure a long wait after some confusion over the results. However, the wait was worth it as an hour later she was presented with her well-deserved Gold medal by members of the Oxford Boat race crew. Daisy now follows in the footsteps of former student Ella Payne, who won gold in 2009 and 2010.



Jamie Gamble gave his best performance -not only rowing a personal best time but also finishing in 10th position, his top place at the championships. Next in to the pens were Sophie Atkin and Emily Faithfull, rowing in the Year 10 girls’ event. Spurred on by the academy’s fantastic early results, the girls finished 1st and 3rd in their heat with amazing rows! Emily would eventually finish 13th, with Sophie not far behind in 22nd! An incredible achievement, considering the 150 Year 10 girl entries.


Kirren Shaw was forced to compete in the infamous ‘Bull Pen’ but nevertheless rowed with great tenacity and resilience over the gruelling six minutes, finishing a creditable 35th place overall.

The Year 8 students, some in their first competition at this national scale, rowed beyond all expectations. Sam Evans Murray, Ethan Walters and Owen Denness, facing many athletes twice their size, rowed courageously to achieve PBs in finishing 43rd, 55th and 111th respectively, out of 253 competitors. Rachael Debenham in the girls’ event gave a brilliant performance. Pushing herself to the limit Rachael finished on the podium in her heat and went on to earn and unbelievable 11th out of 252!


Also accompanying the party was former student Joe Robertson, 16 and Riley Horrix, from Shanklin rowing club. Joe, a veteran of this event, gave a sterling, best-ever performance in the Year 12 category to claim 7th place overall whilst Riley, a promising young sculler, recorded a personal best in the Year 8 event to gain 50th place. 




Mufti Day Friday 24th March

posted 17 Mar 2017, 03:15 by Karen Bricknell

Friday 24th March is Mufti-day for all students to raise money for Comic Relief. 




Letter from Isle of Wight Council

posted 16 Mar 2017, 07:48 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 07:49 ]

Isle of Wight Council have published a letter with information about opportunities to apply to the Studio school. Click here to view a copy. 


Year 6 Welcome Evening - Wednesday 15th March

posted 14 Mar 2017, 06:08 by Karen Bricknell

We look forward to meeting you at our Welcome Evening on Wednesday 15th March at 5.30pm in South Hall. 

This will include a welcome from the Principal and the Year 7/Transition Manager. Information about standards, expectations, curriculum and student well-being will be delivered by our Academic and Pastoral Vice Principals.

Members of staff and students will also be available to talk to you about:
Houses/Enrichment, Special Educational Needs & Pastoral Care


Click here to read the Transition Booklet. 

Transition days/ half days for all students…..

Tuesday 28th March: Bembridge, St Blasius and Broadlea

Wednesday 29th March: 12.30-2.45pm - The Bay, Brading and all out of area schools.

Thursday 30th March: 12.30-2.45pm - Gatten and Lake, Newchurch and St Helens.


Other Key Transition Dates:

20th and 21st June - Baylink Olympics

29th and 30th June  - Induction Days 

10th July - Years 5/6 High Performance Academy Sports Day



High Performance Academy trip to Ben Ainslie racing base

posted 6 Mar 2017, 06:04 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 6 Mar 2017, 06:05 ]

High Performance Academy students from Years 7 and 8 visited the Ben Ainslie Racing Americas Cup base in Portsmouth last week. Students were given a tour of the base and worked within their specially adapted 'tech deck'. They learnt about the history of the Americas Cup and about Ben Ainlsie's campaign to win the cup in Bermuda this year. They had an opportunity to design sails and test their creations in the wind tunnels. They also raced against Ben Ainslie in a sailing simulator. Year 9 & 10 students visit the base on 21st March 2017.



Global Rock Showcase

posted 6 Mar 2017, 06:01 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 6 Mar 2017, 06:02 ]

Congratulations to all of the students who took part in the Global Rock Showcase this week, you were incredible! We won six awards of excellence in the following areas:


Stage Crew, Entertainment, Choreography, Video Performance, Soundtrack and Drama.


We also won the Spirit of Rock Challenge Award, this is voted by the other schools on the day for the school who has been most supportive.






Battle of the Bands - Thursday 23rd March

posted 3 Mar 2017, 06:44 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 7 Mar 2017, 06:25 ]


Year 8 Parents' Evening - Thursday 16th March

posted 3 Mar 2017, 06:11 by Karen Bricknell

Year 8 Parents’ Consultation evening is taking place on Thursday 16th March 2017 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

Details will be given to Year 8 students on Monday 6th March through their form tutor. Students will receive an A5 sized appointment card, with which they collect appointments from their teachers, after speaking with parents.

Please encourage your children to make their appointments as soon as possible to ensure a slot with their teachers.

Mr Green, KS3 Progress Director

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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Themes Spring Term

posted 28 Feb 2017, 06:54 by Karen Bricknell

Click here to view the Year 7 Curriculum themes for Spring Term 

Click here to view the Year 8 Curriculum themes for Spring Term 

Click here to view the Year 9 Curriculum themes for Spring Term 

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