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Principal's Blog - Friday 10th July

posted 10 Jul 2015, 06:06 by Karen Bricknell

As we fast approach the end of term it is good to reflect on the successes this year; in October, following an Ofsted inspection the academy was removed from special measures.  Subsequent visits have confirmed that the school has continued to improve. I have been incredibly impressed with the commitment from students to embrace the huge range of opportunities on offer at Sandown Bay Academy. Student leadership, house activities, sports, trips, university visits; there is so much on offer for students every single week.

From September there will be some significant changes to ensure that we continue to improve at a fast pace and that more students gain access to the care and support that we are proud to offer whilst also encouraging students to make the best progress in their studies.

Key Stage 3 Students will find the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 Offices in South Foyer. Key Stage 4 Students will be served by the shared larger room around the corner.

These will be run by the Year Managers :

Mrs Walker (Year 7), Mrs Cooper ( Year 8), Mrs Jones(Year 9) Miss Sladeski ( Year 10) and Mrs Sweek ( Year 11).

Mr. Green will now have an overview of the support offered to Key Stage 3 but also their progress and takes on the title of Key Stage Three Progress leader. Miss Hunt will be progress leader for Key Stage Four.

As you will see this structure does not include Heads of Year.  Mr Lockey has decided to leave SBA, in search of new opportunities, after spending some time travelling. I know we all wish him well after his years of providing expert care for our students.

Miss Chase now is our Transition Manager, making sure students make the best start at SBA.  Mr. Apsey is starting a new role in the Sixth Form.

The Houses will remain a huge part of our school community and therefore enter the new year with the established team of Mr. Lyons (Yellow House), Mrs. Jones (Red House), Mrs Watson (Green House) and Mr. Bricknell (Blue House).

Mrs Charlemagne, the new Principal is looking forward to taking up her new post in September and has written to parents this week to introduce herself (click here). I have no doubt that under her leadership Sandown Bay Academy will continue to go from strength to strength.

This week has been incredibly busy; it started with Sixth Form Induction. It was good to see such a large number of students coming in to get a taster of our excellent Sixth Form.

Congratulations to all the award recipients at the Year 9 Presentation Evening on Wednesday. It was a lovely evening celebrating the successful end of Key Stage 3.


Year 10 students have been out on work experience this week. Thank you to the many local businesses who have supported this and accommodated our students while they experience a wide range of industries and careers. Thank you to:

GKN, Gatten & Lake Primary School, Sandown and Shanklin Golf Club, Platform One, Pets at Home, Regent Pharmacy, St Blasius Primary, Rapanui, Wightwashed Ltd, Hillside Restaurant, UKSA, Wightwater, Kapiche Ltd, Allendale Farm, St John’s Pre-school, Unity MOT Centre, Heights Leisure Centre, DJ’s Animal Boarding, Dan’s Kitchen, Idris Stables, IOW Cricket Board, Monroes Hairdressers, Furzehill Nursery, The Bay Primary, Broadlea Primary, Fun to Learn Nursery, Wiltons Garage, Dave Death Motorcycles, Skintrade, Clark Masts, Guys and Dolls and Amazon World.

Many local businesses also kindly donated prizes for our Blue House Quiz this week. Thank you to Rapanui, Ryde Arena, Browns Family Golf, The Beach Shack, LA Bowl, Dinosaur Isle and The Sports Shop. The quiz and Blue House mufti day today is to raise money for a very worthy cause; Isle of Wight Independent Lifeboats.


A team of students went to Carisbrooke College earlier this week to compete in the Hover Craft Challenge. Since September, alongside their mentor from Red Funnel, students have been designing and building a working hovercraft. Owing to technical difficulties they were not as competitive as they should have been and Cowes and Carisbooke dominated the competition, but the students were excellent ambassadors for the Academy and have worked very hard over the course of this year, well done.


More sporting successes this week; the U13 boys’ cricket team beat Christ the King and became Island champions. The U15 girls’ cricket team competed in the South West Regional finals and were plate winners.


The House Leaders battled it out on Thursday during Sports Day for the final chance to top the House points table. Congratulations to Blue House who were overall winners. It was fantastic to see so many students participating and getting into the House spirit.



Enjoy your weekend

Eric Jackson 

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