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Year 11 Mocks - Timetable for Next Week

posted 17 Nov 2017, 07:10 by Katrina Heather

A many of you will be aware, Year 11 students have been hard at work preparing for their mock exams which take place next week.

Students have been issued with an individual exam timetable. To access a copy of the generic timetable, please CLICK HERE.

GCSE Poetry Live Trip - Final call for tickets!

posted 16 Nov 2017, 04:24 by Katrina Heather

Students wishing to attend the Poetry Live trip on the 8th December must bring in permission slips and money TOMORROW (17th November).

A copy of the letter is available below.

Details about Poetry Live can be found here;

Anti-Bullying Week - Year 8's take to the stage to combat the bullies!

posted 16 Nov 2017, 02:12 by Katrina Heather

For Anti-Bullying Week, selected year 8 students participated in a drama workshop, exploring the effects of bullying.They later delivered their work to the rest of year 8 in a performance known as Forum Theatre. In this kind of performance, any audience member can take the part of a chosen actor and change the outcome of the piece. This gave a fantastic opportunity to allow students to rethink the role of the bystander and explore why some pupils decide to ignore or even join in with this devastating behaviour. All year 8 students will now have the chance to write a piece of creative writing based on bullying and it's negative effects.

Well done to all of those involved.


Year 11 Update - The Future of Sandown Bay Academy

posted 15 Nov 2017, 02:57 by Katrina Heather

This morning, Year 11 students had an assembly in which they were provided an update in terms of the support measures being put in place to ensure that their future aspirations can be met at post 16. A letter was handed out to each student detailing the specific members of staff and external advisers who will be working together to create a strong foundation of information that students will be able to access.

Please click here to view the letter.

British Tennis Awards - County Winner

posted 14 Nov 2017, 06:55 by Katrina Heather

We were delighted to discover that Mr Johnson, PE Teacher, has been awarded the Education Programme Award for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight British Tennis awards.

This is a fantastic achievement, and a special congratulations must go to Mr Johnson for all of his hard work and dedication to achieving this. Mr Johnson will now be entered into the regional awards.

Well done! 

The Future of Sandown Bay Academy - An update from Richard Kelly

posted 9 Nov 2017, 04:49 by Katrina Heather   [ updated 10 Nov 2017, 01:26 ]

On Friday of this week, (10th November), the Isle of Wight Council will be publishing the proposal for consultation on the direction for Sandown Bay Academy. This is statutory requirement by the Department for Education. The official consultation starts tomorrow (10th November) and concludes on 7th December.

In summary the proposal is a closure of Sandown Bay Academy when AET leave on the 31st August 2018, and simultaneously The Bay CE Primary will expand it’s provision from 4-11 years of age, to 4-16 years of age.

This is in line with the consultation which took place in the Summer Term. The expansion of The Bay Primary encompasses all of the provision (students, curriculum etc.), and site which Sandown Bay Academy operates, with the exception of the Sixth Form provision.

A press release was issued today (9th November) by the Isle of Wight Council giving more detail, especially with regards to our Sixth Form. Please click here to access this. A plan for Year 12 students to complete their Year 13 education is being developed and the council have said that they will ensure that this happens.

As a school we are working with the Isle of Wight Council and Mr Phillip Walker. Mr Walker is responsible for skills and participation which includes 16-18 year old students to ensure that they have the right provision in place. A meeting with Year 12 parents has been scheduled for 22nd November 2017. For year 11 students, we will work with all other providers to ensure that independent advice is given and support mechanisms are put in place to support students with their plans for their futures.

As more information comes to light I will share this with you. In the interim all correspondence should be directed towards Richard Vaughn; Deputy Head of Strategic Development , Children's Services Department, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG (

Richard Kelly

10.11.2017 @ 09:25am - UPDATE: The public notice has been made available and can be viewed by clicking here.

Canteen Deli to Re-open!

posted 2 Nov 2017, 03:56 by Katrina Heather

With the colder weather approaching, we are pleased to announce that the Deli inside the canteen will be re-opening on the 6th November. Items available from the Deli include;

  • FSM meal deal (Baguette or Pasta Pot, Bottle of Water & Dessert)
  • Full Drinks Range
  • Hot Pizza, Pasta & Grab and Go
  • Home-bakes & monthly promotional items 

This does mean that the snack shack will be closing. Below is a copy of the latest newsletter from Caterlink.

Sandown Bay Academy Hits Wembley!

posted 2 Nov 2017, 01:52 by Katrina Heather

During half term, two of our teachers attended a Teach First 'Impact Conference' at Wembley Arena with 4000+ teachers, leaders and charities.

Outside the auditorium (and on a number of screens) was a rolling VT of how Sandown Bay Academy is playing a part in the vision to "Challenge the Impossible".

As some of you may recall from previous newsletters, Nicola Brentnall is an ex student and Director of the Queen's Trust. She came into school a few weeks back to deliver some very positive and inspiring messages to our students.

The talk that she gave was recorded and the video can be found here; CLICK HERE

Island Line - Train Strike

posted 1 Nov 2017, 08:15 by Katrina Heather

On 8/11/17 and 9/11/17 there is an Island Line strike planned. On these days students will be expected to use the replacement bus service that will be put in place. We understand that this may cause a minority of students to be late arriving at school. We ask that provision is made to add time to journeys, however would like to assure parents that the 'arrive late, stay late' detentions will not apply to students who are known to use this service.

The Future of Sandown Bay Academy - Press Release

posted 27 Oct 2017, 10:41 by Katrina Heather

Please click here to read the latest press release issued by AET.

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