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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  


Principal's Blog - Friday 16th June

posted 16 Jun 2017, 03:22 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 16 Jun 2017, 03:26 ]

We said a fond farewell to our Year 11 students today in their final leavers assembly. It has been wonderful to see them grow and develop throughout their time at the Academy and we wish them the very best for their final exams and their plans for September, whether those be here in the sixth form or further afield.


Congratulations to the SBA athletics team who came second overall in the Island Athletic championships this week.


On Tuesday and Wednesday next week we are holding The Baylink Olympics, it is set to be a spectacular 2 days of sports and cross curricular activities and it looks like the sun will be shining. Almost 200 of our students will be running the event which will involve over 1000 local primary school children.


AET are seeking views from students, parents, governors, staff and the local community about the proposed amalgamation between Ryde and Sandown Bay Academies. You can take part in the consultation process by clicking here to complete the questionnaire. Hard copies of the document and questionnaire are available in the Academy reception. The consultation process will run for 6 weeks up to 6 July 2017.


The Isle of Wight Council released a consultation document this week about the future of Sandown Bay Academy, you can read it by clicking here . A series of meetings will be held over the next few weeks; more information can be found by clicking here.



Claire Charlemagne  



Principal's Blog - Friday 9th June

posted 9 Jun 2017, 04:02 by Karen Bricknell

Ten of our most talented Year 8 linguists took part in the annual Able Linguists Event at the University of Southampton this week. Several state and independent schools from across Hampshire and the South East took part in this very popular event. Students took part in workshops in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese. They had to work in groups to invent something and describe how it works in one of the chosen languages.

Three of our students won first prize in the Spanish category and two students won 3rd prize. Well done to all of the students involved!


First prize - Sy Hanson, Finley Reid and Joe Hodgkinson.
Third prize - Poppy Price, Tom Medas and Isaac Letheridge



Some of our High Performance Academy students from Year 9 went over to Broadlea Primary School to help them with the running of their annual sports day this week. They did a fantastic job and we received excellent feedback from staff at Broadlea who said they were outstanding.

AET are seeking views from students, parents, governors, staff and the local community about the proposed amalgamation between Ryde and Sandown Bay Academies. You can take part in the consultation process by clicking here to complete the questionnaire. Hard copies of the document and questionnaire are available in the Academy reception. The consultation process will run for 6 weeks up to 6 July 2017.

'Open space' events will be held at Sandown Bay Academy on Friday 16th June and Ryde Academy on Wednesday 14th June.  Members of AET staff will be on hand from 12.00 to 7.00pm on these days, to answer questions and to provide information in relation to the proposed amalgamation of the two academies.

Students, families and staff are invited to call into reception at any time convenient to you within these hours.


Enjoy your weekend,


Claire Charlemagne  

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  

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