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Principal's Blog - Friday 26th May

posted 26 May 2017, 03:39 by Karen Bricknell

We welcomed a team of Ofsted Inspectors into the Academy this week for a two day Section 5 inspection. We cannot release any further details until the report is published but as soon as we have it we will let you know.


AET have published their consultation document for the proposed amalgamation of SBA and Ryde Academy. I would encourage students and parents to read the document and complete the survey as AET are encouraging views from the whole community. You can view the document and questionnaires by clicking here or you can collect a hard copy from reception.


I was delighted to meet with Year 7 students this week to give them certificates for their outstanding efforts in their Buddist temple RS projects. I was so impressed with the detail and hard work that had been put in. Well done to George Hayward , Armarni Medland, Luke Wilcox, Albie Jones-Arnold, Chloe Cohen, Harrison Chapman , Mia Patterson, Ciaran O'Gorman, Kelsey Ross, Kacy Cotton and Anastazja Milewska.  



I wish you all a restful half term.


Claire Charlemagne

Principal's Blog - Friday 19th May

posted 19 May 2017, 02:08 by Karen Bricknell

We are waiting to hear from AET on the date of the consultation proposal being ready, as soon as we hear we will make every effort to let you know and share with you how to can put your views across. While we await more information about the proposal is is business as usual at SBA, staff have been doing a brilliant job in difficult circumstances and I would like to thank them.

Year 11 and Sixth Form students have made an excellent start to their exams this week. I have been impressed with their positive and mature attitudes.

We have had another successful sporting week, the U13 boys cricket team sailed into the next round of the Hampshire cup with a victory over The Island Free School by just 2 runs, they also beat Medina in the Island league this week. The U15 girls and the U15 boys cricket teams both beat Cowes in the Island League. This means that all of our boys and girls teams from every age group are unbeaten this year in the cricket season.

We were pleased to welcome in the Youth Trust this week to do an assembly to Year 10 students about mental health.

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne

Principal's Blog - Friday 12th May

posted 12 May 2017, 04:58 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 12 May 2017, 05:00 ]

I was delighted to attend the Year 11 Presentation Evening on Wednesday. It was lovely to see so many of our Year 11 students recognised for their many achievements and for the hard work they have put in during their time at SBA. I wish them the best of luck for their exams, with the major exams starting on Monday.

You can view more photographs on our Facebook page (click here). 

Congratulations to our phenomenal Global Rock team who came third in the Global Rock Southern Premier final last Saturday. They also received 7 awards for Performance Skills, Sound Track, Entertainment, Stage Use, Choreography, Concept and Video Performance.

I am so proud of all of the students involved and for all of the hard work, commitment  and dedication they have put in this year. The students were exemplary on Saturday and supported not only each other but the other schools competing.

Well done to the U13 cricket team who beat The Free School by 48 runs.

A massive well done to the U13 girls cricket team, who, in a nail biting match beat Medina College by 2 runs off the last ball! It really couldn't get any closer than that! The Sandown Spirit really shone through. Well done girls.

The U15 boys cricket team beat Christ the King by 3 runs in a tense game on Tuesday.

Students in Year 8 and 9 spent Thursday afternoon at UKSA taking part in the ‘Go Sail’ programme. They had a great afternoon in and out of the water and all gave it their all.   

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne  

Principal's Blog Friday 28th April

posted 28 Apr 2017, 03:41 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 28 Apr 2017, 04:04 ]

I appreciate that it has been a very unsettled week with the announcement of my resignation on Monday followed by the media coverage. We do apologise for any anxiety caused, please rest assured that it is business as usual at the academy and we are focusing on the needs of the students particularly as they heads towards their examinations.

Students have been working hard on the revised Code of conduct, it has been finalised this week. We will be publishing it very shortly, watch this space.  

Year 7 students were set a Religious Studies project to research Buddhist temples and shrines and design their own - they could do a poster or make a 3d temple. We have had some outstanding entries with students putting in a great deal of time and effort, the projects will be judged by the Religious Studies teachers and the results will be out soon.   

Well done to Ellie Brackenbury and Emily Seneha who are through to the regional finals of the Create & Cook competition after cooking their fantastic menu of

Tagliatelle with IOW chicken & bacon wine sauce with rocket salad; raspberry and lemon mille feuille. They will compete in the regional final on 27th June in Hook, Hampshire. 

Congratulations to our Young Enterprise team who were runners up in the Young Enterprise competition held at Quay Arts Center last night, they will go through to the regional finals.

Good luck to our fantastic Global Rock team who are competing at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday. I am sure you will be amazing and all your hard work and commitment will pay off.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend

Claire Charlemagne  

Principal's Blog - Friday 7th April

posted 7 Apr 2017, 02:33 by Karen Bricknell

The Academy is open Monday-Wednesday next week for revision and study support sessions for students in Years 11-13. Please encourage your children to come along and make the most of the sessions available (click here to view the schedule).

Year 13 students are sitting on offers from top universities all over the country. I mentioned in a previous blog that Juliette Wrixon has an offer from Cambridge University to study Engineering. Grace Addyman has received 4 offers to study medicine; it is almost unprecedented to receive offers from every medical school applied for. To get in first time to medical school is an exceptional achievement, each year there are 14800 applicants for approximately 6500 places. Sophie Swallow received an offer from London School of Economics on a course that has 19 applicants for each place. All students in Year 13 who applied to university have received offers, with 33 of the offers from Russell Group universities. I commend students for the work they have done attending University Summer Schools, Higher Education Events and extending their curriculum with personal study and work experience, all of which have allowed them to write the high quality personal statements required to secure top offers.

Congratulations to all students who took part in the fantastic Inter-house cross country yesterday. I am very proud of all of the students who took part.

The overall results were:

1st - Blue House

2nd - Green House

3rd - Yellow House

4th - Red House

You will no doubt have seen some of the press this week concerning funding and budget cuts at the Academy. I would like to reassure parents and carers that while we are faced with some difficult decisions to make within a limited budget, we are determined to make the very best decisions for the students and the school. I would like to reassure you that the staff are working incredibly hard to make this the very best possible learning environment for our children. There is much to be proud of at Sandown Bay, and we are firmly committed to ensuring the very best for our students.

Wishing you all a relaxing Easter break.

Claire Charlemagne  

Principal's Blog Friday 31st March

posted 31 Mar 2017, 01:25 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 31 Mar 2017, 07:43 ]

You will no doubt have seen some of the local press this week concerning funding and budget cuts at the Academy. I would like to reassure parents and carers that while we are faced with some difficult decisions to make within a limited budget, we are determined to make the very best decisions for the students and the school. The governing body met today as part of the restructure consultation process to determine our staffing structure for 2017-18. Once we have these plans finalised, we will share the details with you. In the meantime I would like to reassure you that the staff are working incredibly hard to make this the very best possible learning environment for our children. There is much to be proud of at Sandown Bay, and we are firmly committed to ensuring the very best for our students.

I was delighted to meet with a group of students this week from across all year groups who have volunteered to help revamp our Academy Code of Conduct. There were some excellent ideas put forward by the students and I look forward to sharing the finished article soon.

Today at breaktime a group of budding landscape designers met to start planning the redevelopment of the central quad area. I was thoroughly impressed with their ideas and look forward to seeing the final plans. They will be working with Mark Payne Landscape Design to come up with a design for the space that will provide a student-centred recreational area for students to enjoy.

Daniella from Earl Mountbatten Hospice came into Yellow House Assembly on Thursday to accept a cheque for £1900 raised through last year’s Yellow House Walk. She was incredibly grateful and encouraged students to sign up for both Yellow House Walk and Walk the Wight this year.

It was lovely to welcome Year 6 students into the Academy this week for their transition visits. They met up with their pen pal buddies and had a tour of the Academy, took part in some outdoor learning and found out more about their transition project to complete during the summer term.  

Our next Parent Forum Meeting is taking place on Tuesday 4th April at 5.30pm, we welcome new members so if you would like to come along please email Karen Bricknell (  

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne

Principal's Blog - Friday 24th March

posted 24 Mar 2017, 02:20 by Karen Bricknell

Principal’s Blog Friday 24th March

Sandown Bay Academy students were a force to be reckoned with at the 2017 National Junior Rowing Championships last Friday at Lee Valley Park. We came away from the event with all rowers having finished inside the top half of their events and yet another national champion! Daisy Faithfull in Year 12 was presented with her gold medal by members of the Oxford Boat race crew, she won a bronze medal last year and was thrilled to become National champion this year. Congratulations to all of the students who took part: Daisy Faithfull, Jamie Gamble, Kirren Shaw, Sophie Atkin, Emily Faithfull, Ethan Walters, Sam Evans Murray, Rachael Debenham and Owen Denness. You can read the full report from the event on our website (click here).

Congratulations to the Year 10 students from secondary schools across the island who took part in the Maths Feast on Monday, hosted here at Sandown Bay Academy. It was a fun afternoon with friendly competition and some excellent Maths.


1st place - Cowes Enterprise College

2nd place - Ryde School

3rd place - Sandown Bay Academy Team 1 and Ryde Academy

Award for best teamwork - Sandown Bay Academy Team 2

Year 11 students had a motivational workshop this week with Jim Roberson; a American pro footballer and now Motivational Coach. He based the workshop on personal experiences along with rapid-fire interactive activities with the purpose of helping students get the best out of themselves for a successful future.

Thank you to students and staff who joined in with Red House Mufti day today to raise money for Comic Relief. There was some fantastic baking in Interhouse Bake off on Thursday and I am sure lots of money will be raised through the cake sales, mufti money and Year 7 disco.

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne

Principal's Blog- Friday 17th March

posted 17 Mar 2017, 02:55 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 17 Mar 2017, 02:56 ]

Principal’s Blog Friday 17th March

It was lovely to welcome our new students and parents at the Year 6 Welcome Evening on Wednesday. The hall full of students excited about joining the Academy in September. We look forward to them visiting the Academy on their transition days soon and finding out more about the opportunities on offer for them.

Students had a fabulous time at Year 7 Interhouse Basketball this week. Green House won the boys competition whilst Blue House won the girls competition. Next Wednesday is Year 8 Interhouse basketball.

We had more girls football success this week with the U19 team convincingly securing the Isle of Wight league and 5-a side-double championships. Well done to all the girls, especially to the Year 11's and 13's who played their last ever game for the school.

Musical Theatre Club starts on Thursday 23rd March, I would encourage as many of you as possible to go along and give it a try.

Friday 24th March is Red House Mufti Day to raise money for Comic Relief. Students are asked to wear something red and bring in £1.00. There will be cake sales at lunch and break times and live music. There is also a Year 7 Disco taking place from 3.30-5.30pm, tickets are available from reception for £2.00.

This week we said goodbye to Mr Eastick and Mr Wilkhu. We are thankful for their service and wish them good luck in their new ventures. We welcome new teacher Maureen Sullivan who will be starting in the Maths department on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne

Principal’s Blog Friday 10th March

posted 10 Mar 2017, 04:56 by Karen Bricknell

We were delighted to receive a telephone call from a member of the public to report that four of our Year 10 students were excellent citizens this week. On the way home from school they saw an elderly man on the floor and ran to help him. They called an ambulance and stayed with him until help arrived. The man’s family are very grateful for everything they did and are pleased to say that he is on the mend and hopes to be out of hospital soon. Well done to Alfie Kennett, Charlie Fuller, Tom Webster and Ollie Francis. We are very proud of you

I have been into assemblies this week to share with students some of our most recent successes, including Global Rock, winning sports events, recent trips, rewards for attendance to name just a few. I asked for student volunteers to get involved with two projects we will be running shortly. The first is a review of the Academy’s code of conduct and the second is to help design our green space at the centre of the campus.

Congratulations to the U15 girls’ football team who won the double this week - they were crowned Isle of Wight league and Isle of Wight 6-a-side champions.

The U13 girls cricket team made their debut performance this week in their first league match as a newly formed team. They scored 101 runs but sadly were caught by Medina who scored 103. Our experienced U15 girls team however maintained their strength and managed to beat Medina.

Since they started in November as ‘Wightbright’ our Young Enterprise team have designed and manufactured products to sell at events and are now moving into events management. They are organising ‘Battle of the Bands’ to showcase young Island musical talent. The event is taking place in South Hall on Thursday 23rd March, tickets are available from reception.

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne

Principal's Blog - Friday 3rd March

posted 3 Mar 2017, 02:50 by Karen Bricknell

Year 11 students have been very focussed and worked hard in their PPE exams this week. Please encourage your children to study as much as possible at home and make the most of resources such as GCSE Pod.

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.

High Performance Academy students from Years 7 and 8 visited the Ben Ainslie Racing Americas Cup base in Portsmouth this week. Students were given a tour of the base and worked within their specially adapted 'tech deck'. Students learnt about the history of the Americas Cup and about Ben Ainslie’s campaign to win the cup in Bermuda this year. They had the 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.

Sixth Form students had a fantastic time in Tenerife last week on a Geology Trip. They had an action packed week which included climbing to the top of Mount Teide at sunrise.

Student participation - two opportunities to demonstrate leadership.

We are looking for students to participate in a review of the Academy's code of conduct. Details will be shared in assembly next week. This is a great opportunity for interested students to develop leadership and team working skills.

We are also looking for a group of students to help design our green space at the centre of the campus. Further details will be available next week. Please encourage your children to sign up!

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne

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