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Principal's Blog - Friday 17th January

posted 17 Jan 2014, 06:28 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 20 Jan 2014, 03:02 ]

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Year 7 celebration assembly where a number of our stars of the future were recognised for exceptional behaviour, motivation and enthusiasm for learning. They were Oliver Francis (7RJB), Sam French (7RJF2), Daniel Clark (7RJB), Phoebe Vickers (7YARW), Alexis Mackness (7GNR), Laura Garland (7RJF2), Indigo Wyatt (7BIM), Lucas Oldridge (7GDW) and Matthew Cooper (7YSB), all received certificates and VIVO's.

One particular student, Archie Lapham (7GDW) achieved ‘outstanding’ attitude to learning in every lesson in the recent tracking, a superb achievement and one for the rest of the year group to aspire to. Congratulations everyone.

Year 7 are starting their journey and I am sure that they will be evidence of our mission to ‘Make our Best Better’. They have some great models in Year 11 who are now in their final phases of preparation for GCSE. This week some of these celebrated good results in their November GCSE results in English and Maths. Students opened their mock exam results on Thursday morning as part of Brown Envelope Day. Brown Envelope day has been designed to be a watershed moment. It gives all pupils the opportunity to have a “mock run” of the results day they will have in August and provides as accurate a picture as possible of the grades the pupils would have received if the clock had stopped and courses had been completed just before Christmas.


I hope that Year 11 students use these results as a motivator and really focus into taking every opportunity available to them to ensure that their best gets even better and they receive exam results in the summer that they are really proud of. And that they, in turn, emulate the successes of our sixth formers.

School is not just about exam results, it is also about relationships and the care that our students show for each other. We do a lot to counter bullying and this is an ongoing effort. We are including our students in this work and this week we are proud to announce Tibi Smith in Year 10 as winner of our Inter house anti-bullying pledge competition. The pledge she wrote represents the ethos we want every student in Sandown Bay Academy to adopt.  Her pledge will soon appear on our academy walls.


As ever, thank you to everyone who is contributing to our successes, please maintain your excellent support in making Sandown Bay Academy a school to be proud of.


Eric Jackson