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posted 16 Nov 2017, 05:49 by Katrina Heather

The Head Teacher's Blog now features as part of our fortnightly newsletter. 

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Head Teacher's Blog - Friday 29th September

posted 29 Sep 2017, 07:02 by Katrina Heather   [ updated 29 Sep 2017, 07:25 ]

This week has been a fantastic week for sport. I am of course proud of all of our students, however it is week’s like this where I am filled with pride and I am reminded of how great the passion and commitment of our staff and students is, in areas of education that are not always in the spotlight.

The week started with the year 8 boys football team who so far have been unbeaten; they took on Christ the King College earlier this week and won 3-1. To top it off the boys then took on Toynbee school in the Hampshire Cup last night, and after a real nail biter drew 3-3 and won on penalties. I was fortunate to be able to watch the game and was really impressed by the team work and dedication of the players. A personal congratulations to all of the boys who played, and a special thanks to Mr Bricknell for arranging the fixture. It was great to meet so many parents who were able to support too. I realise this is difficult during the day, but your support made a real difference.

Continuing in football, our year 9 and 10 girls team played against Cowes and drew 1-1 in a close game. They take on Carisbrooke college next week, which I am sure will be a great game.

I was delighted to hear that not one, but eight of our 6th Form students have earned their place on the Roll of Honours board for the 100 kilometre running challenge. This is such a great achievement! Should any other students feel they can take on the challenge, they should speak to the PE department and collect a log card.

The inter-house competition took place on Wednesday and was won by Blue House. Well done to all those who took part, and congratulations to Blue House for the win!

Today the 6th Form hosted the MacMillan coffee morning. It was an absolute pleasure to see so many students and staff supporting such a great cause. The total amount raised was an amazing £221.33, I’d like to say a special thank you to all involved in the set up and preparations for the event, to those who donated cakes, to those who helped to sell and those who bought in aid of MacMillan.

So as another week draws to a close, I would like to remind parents and students about some of the key events happening next week. We have the photographer coming in to take school photos of years 7, 9 11 and 12 on Monday. Then on Tuesday, year 7 parents/carers will be coming along to our Meet the Tutor event. As always you can access the schools calendar here.

Preparations for our Open Evening on the 12th October are coming along brilliantly. This is a great opportunity to show case what makes Sandown great and we hope to see many younger siblings of students who are already enrolled, and in addition, those for whom Sandown Bay Academy may be a first time experience.

Head Teacher's Blog - Friday 22nd September

posted 22 Sep 2017, 01:59 by Katrina Heather   [ updated 22 Sep 2017, 02:52 by Karen Bricknell ]

We have had another great week here at the Academy filled with a variety of events; we started the week off in good spirits after last week’s year 7 welcome BBQ. A big thank you to all who came along and to the staff who helped to make it such a fun event.

On Tuesday, the Global Rock auditions took place. The cast list has now been published and can be found on our facebook page. We are really looking forward to showcasing the amazing talent that we have at Sandown Bay in dance, costume design, set production and sound/light engineering. It promises to be a great experience for all involved.

Year 8’s enjoyed their first Inter-House competition this week. Congratulations to Red House who won this week. Next week’s Inter House competition is Year 9 netball and football. The extra-curricular programme is on our website (click here), please encourage your children to take part in as many clubs and study support sessions as possible.

On Thursday we were very excited to welcome the National Jazz Orchestra into the school to perform to students. It was great to see the students enthralled in music which they may not have heard of before.

A quick reminder every year we take photographs of students in Years 7, 9, 11 and 12. Atlas Images are coming in to take the photographs on Monday 2nd October. More information can be found in the newsletter.

And finally, as part of our initiative to improve standards across the school, we will be focusing on behaviour. You will have received a text message asking you to take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the sanctions that will be implemented as from Monday in respect of poor behaviour. If you would like to view a copy of the letter, please click here. I would personally like to thank you for your continued support in working with us to raise the standards here at Sandown Bay.

Head Teachers Blog - Friday 15th September

posted 15 Sep 2017, 07:30 by Katrina Heather   [ updated 15 Sep 2017, 07:46 by Karen Bricknell ]

It was great to meet parents and carers at the welcome events this week. If you were unable to make the meetings, you can view the information on our website (click here).

Thank you to you as parents in working with us to ensure your child is in the best possible place to learn. Consistency of uniform standards and making sure that all of their equipment is with them and available has meant that a really purposeful start to the school year has happened and learning is evident for the students in their lessons. This will all add to the improvement agenda which we have by addressing the issues raised by OFSTED recently. I look forward to continuing to work with you and your child in this journey at Sandown developing the students to aspire to great things throughout their futures.

Thank you to ex-student Charlotte Williams who came in to talk to Sixth Form students this week about her experience at medical school. Students found the session really informative learning about the application process for medical school as well as the work involved in completing a degree in medicine.

We also had a visit from Nicola Brentnall, Director of the Queens Trust who came in to run an aspirational workshop with students about common misconceptions around careers and help them feel more informed as they approach their next choices.

Year 7’s enjoyed their first Inter House competition this week. Congratulations to Green House who won the football and Yellow house who won the netball. Next week’s Inter House competition is Year 8 netball and football. The extra-curricular programme is on our website (click here), please encourage your children to take part in as many clubs and study support sessions as possible.

It was excellent to see so many talented students turn up this week for the auditions for the school production ‘Behind the Rainbow,’ The cast list is out today. I am sure it will be a fantastic production and a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents. Auditions for Global Rock take place on Tuesday 19th September in South Hall from 3.00-4.30pm, students from all year groups are welcome.

The first sports fixtures took place this week with the Year 7, 8 and 9 boys all taking on Medina. The Year 8 team won 6-3, the Year 9 team won 11-0 and the Year 7 team lost 7-5.

Enjoy your weekend,

Richard Kelly

Head teacher 

Head Teacher’s Blog – Friday 8th September

posted 8 Sep 2017, 05:09 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 13 Sep 2017, 05:54 by Katrina Heather ]

It has been lovely to welcome back students this week after the summer break. I have been in assemblies this week talking through the ‘Agreed Achieveables’ with students, these are the expectations we have for every lesson (click here to view). It is great to see the vast majority of students in the correct uniform and ready to learn. We will be sending letters home to parents if students are not in the correct uniform. Please help to reinforce this message at home.

Year 7 students have settled into Sandown Bay Academy very well, they are enjoying finding their new classrooms and learning new and exciting subjects.

I look forward to meeting parents at the welcome events next week:

Tuesday 12th September, 5.30pm – Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Thursday 14th September, 5.30pm – Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) 

These events will give you the opportunity to meet key members of staff and access information so you can best support your children at home.

We are also holding a BBQ for families of Year 7 students on Friday 15th September from 3.15-5.30pm.

Sixth Form students celebrated in August with the release of excellent A Level results. Students were accepted onto a huge range of courses at some of the best universities in the UK. We wish them the best of luck at university. You can read more about the successes of these students on our website (click here).

This year’s GCSE results for Year 11 students were a reflection of the hard work they have put in, which has resulted in an improvement on a headline measure of 5 A*-C including English and Maths; this figure is an increase of 5% on last year with an overall figure of approximately 42%.

Enjoy your weekend

Richard Kelly

Head Teacher 

Principal's Blog- Friday 21st July

posted 21 Jul 2017, 05:01 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 21 Jul 2017, 05:02 ]

This very busy last week of term has been about celebrating the many successes of our students. I was delighted to attend the Presentation Evenings and House celebration assemblies. It was lovely to see so many students rewarded; over 2000 certificates were given out, along with many trophies. 


Thank you to the parents who put in so much effort this week laying on such a great spread for our staff to show their appreciation for the hard work they have put in this year.



Reports will be with you in the next couple of days along with a letter about the start of term and expectations from September(click here to read a copy).  In addition can I also add expectations with regard to haircuts. They should not be extremes of style or colour. Colours should be natural and styles should not be less than a grade 2. Any other styles will be judged by the school as unacceptable and appropriate action will be followed through. This is all about ensuring clarity, not operating a draconian model and as always we thank you for your continued support, which allows us to focus on the teaching and learning for the time your child, is with us.


I wish you all an enjoyable summer holiday and thank you all for making me feel so welcome at Sandown Bay Academy.

Richard Kelly

Head teacher from September 2017

Principal's Blog - Friday 14th July

posted 14 Jul 2017, 03:55 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 14 Jul 2017, 06:45 ]

Following the recent publishing of the recent Ofsted report, please click here to read my letter to parents.  

On Tuesday students in all year groups were off timetable taking part in Challenge and Achievement day. There were a whole range of diverse activities taking place including:

Inter tutor activities, drug awareness workshops, off-site trips to Laserquest and Superbowl, PSHE workshops, drug awareness workshops, UCAS workshops and support for students attending Russell group universities. Year 10 students took part in ‘Head-on’, a hard hitting demonstration run by the fire service about road safety.

Congratulations to the following tutor groups who have the best attendance this term: 7BAMT, 8YDSF, 9BNOS and 10YCWH. They were awarded for their attendance with a pizza lunch. Well done to all of these students; keep up the good attendance. We now need all students to strive for better attendance.

Last week a group of Year 10 students had a fantastic time at the Up 4 Uni three day residential trip at Portsmouth University. Students thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with one saying ‘it was one of the best experiences I have ever had.’ The event included information about support and student loans as well as subject specific workshops to give students a taster of university life. They also got to experience the social side of university with a BBQ and a disco. The residential ended with a graduation ceremony which families could attend.

There was a great turn out for Blue House Quiz on Wednesday evening, thank you to everyone who took part. along with mufti day to raise money for Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust. Well done to the winning staff and student teams.

Congratulations to the Year 8 cricket team who became league champions last night after beating Sandown Bay Academy. This tops off a great summer, with the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 10 teams all becoming IOW league champions.

Our tennis ambassadors had a great day at Wimbledon on Thursday, they had tickets to watch games on Court 1. This was a reward for all the hard work they have put in during their roles as tennis ambassadors this year.

Richard Kelly

Headteacher Designate

Principal's Blog - Friday 7th July

posted 7 Jul 2017, 03:42 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 7 Jul 2017, 07:26 ]

As you may be aware following the recent Ofsted report which was published on our website, an action plan now has to be created, which Ofsted will need to agree to. This action plan will focus on the issues raised and how we as a school are going to address them. You will also be aware that I have been in the school for the last few weeks and have been able to formulate this plan and I am looking forward to sharing that with you at the start of the new academic year when a series of meetings will be available along with information about how the plan will be monitored and how we show you the progress we are making.

This week has been full of sporting successes; our sports leaders did a fantastic job running the primary school cricket festival. The Year 7 cricket team beat The Free School on Monday and were crowned U13 island champions. The U15 team were also crowned island champions after beating Ryde School. The Year 9 team narrowly missed out on becoming champions with a defeat on Tuesday. Good luck to the Year 8 team who play their final next week. We hope to have 3 out of 4 of the island trophies if they win.

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Congratulations to our Year 9 Rounders team who fielded spectacularly and batted consistently to win the Isle of Wight Schools Rounders Tournament on Monday. The competition was hosted on home soil and their determination to win was evident. They won 4 games and drew the 5th.


Some of our Performing Arts students from Years 10-12 had had an excellent time taking part in higher education workshops from Mountview Academy this week. It was a great experience and a lovely opportunity for them to work with students from other schools.


I have been introducing myself to students in assemblies this week, I am enjoying getting to know both students and staff and have been made to feel very welcome. Once again I look forward to meeting parents during the next academic year as well as witnessing directly the success your children experience at the end of this term moving into the new term.

Richard Kelly

Principal Designate

Principal's Blog - Friday 30th June

posted 30 Jun 2017, 05:29 by Karen Bricknell

I am so proud of Ellie Brackenbury and Emily Saneha who won the 2017 Create and Cook Competition this week. They fought off stiff opposition from their Hampshire and Sussex rivals at the regional cookery competition final, held at Newlyns Cookery School near Hook in Hampshire. Over 50 entries were received from over the South of England. The girls were selected as one of four pairs of children that were successful to get to the Southern Regional Final. Their challenge was to design and cook a 2-course meal using as many local ingredients as possible. Their winning menu was:

Main: Tagliatelle with chicken, bacon and wild mushroom sauce, with a side of mixed leaf salad with Gallybagger crisps.

Desert: Lemon and raspberry Mille feuille with a raspberry coulis, lemon biscuit crumb, a popping candy chocolate spoon and a quenelle of vanilla cream.

Ellie and Emily were praised by the judges for excellent teamwork and for showing more culinary skill than any of the other teams. Jane Devonshire, winner of Masterchef 2016, fed back to the girls and presented their prize. She said,

"The pasta was lovely and soft and thin and the chicken so juicy and tender. The pastry was exceptional, crumbly, flaky and just beautiful. I was inspired by your attention to detail."



A huge congratulations to Mrs Clarke, Teacher in The Cove who won her fifth gold medal for Hammer throwing at the Island Games this week; this is an incredible achievement. I look forward to hearing how students Megan King and Kirren Shaw get on.



It has been lovely to see all the Year 6 students enjoying their Intake days this week and I have been extremely impressed with their transition projects.


We look forward to welcoming back Year 11 students back to the Academy next week for Sixth Form Induction.



Enjoy your weekend


Claire Charlemagne  



Principal's Blog - Friday 23rd June

posted 23 Jun 2017, 03:17 by Karen Bricknell

Principal Designate

I am delighted to welcome Mr Kelly to the Academy who will be Principal from September. He will be introducing himself to students in assemblies over the next couple of weeks and he will write a letter to parents next week. Mr Kelly will be working closely with me until September to ensure a smooth transition for the Academy.

A huge thank you and well done to all of our wonderful student leaders for the fantastic job they did running The Baylink Olympics this week. Students,staff, family members and visitors were thoroughly engaged with the vast array of sporting and cross curricular activities on offer. At a very challenging time for the Academy, this was something that demonstrates to the wider community some of the great strengths of the Academy and just how brilliant our students are. I was thoroughly proud of them. You can view lots of photos of the event on our Facebook page (click here).


I am also very proud of the compassion students showed to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. They were keen to hold a mufti day along with other fundraising activities to raise money for the victims.



Congratulations to all students who took part in Sports Day on Thursday, despite the quick break to escape the lightening it went very smoothly and House Leaders were impressed with the levels of participation. The final results will be revealed in house assemblies.



We look forward to welcoming Year 6 students for their Intake days on Thursday and Friday next week. Children should arrive in East Hall on Thursday morning ready for a 9.00am start. On Thursday evening there will be a presentation to parents, followed by individual tutor group meetings.


Good luck to SBA students Kirren Shaw (football) and Megan King (swimming), along with Mrs Clarke (Hammer) who are off to Gotland to compete in the Island Games next week. This is a fantastic achievement and we will be following the games closely to see how they get on.


The Isle of Wight Council released a consultation document last week about the future of Sandown Bay Academy, you can read it by clicking here . You can complete the survey by clicking here. A series of meetings will be held next week at Sandown Rugby Club; I would encourage you to go along:

Sandown Bay Academy Staff Only Meeting: 4.30pm-5.30pm

Public Meeting 1: 6.00pm-7.45pm

Public Meeting 2: 8.00pm-9.45pm


Enjoy your weekend.


Claire Charlemagne  


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