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Principal's blog - Friday 21st March

posted 21 Mar 2014, 04:00 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 21 Mar 2014, 04:29 ]

This week has been one where I had the pleasure of meeting Year 6 families starting their journey to excellence through Sandown Bay Academy and also a week to celebrate the success of sixth form students making preparations for the next stage of their lives.

Year 7 students ready to show around the Year 6 students at our welcome event on Wednesday 

Year 6 students trying out climbing at the welcome event 

Year 12’s attended the Higher Education Fair in Portsmouth on Thursday and gathered information about universities across the country. I am sure they will follow in the footsteps of our Year 13 students who have been receiving offers to study at top universities all over the country in a wide range of exciting subjects including:

Politics and  International Relations, Dance, Electronic Engineering, Theoretical Physics, Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, Chemistry with a Year in North America, Marine Biology, Music Journalism, Property Development and Architectural Design, Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, Accounting and Finance, Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, Scriptwriting for Film and Television, Midwifery, Jazz and Popular Music, Marine Biology with Oceanography, Medicine, Biomedical Science, Neuroscience, Geography and Management Studies, Chinese Studies, Games Technology, Politics and  International Relations, Equine Business Management. 

Some of the students off to study Dance courses were in the winning performances at the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival this week. They achieved first place with 88 marks in both competitions; these were two of the highest scores of the week, a fantastic result achieved through hard work and dedication. Over 2500 people have watched their contemporary performance on our Facebook page. 


Many of our sixth form students finish their journey to excellence at SBA aspiring to top careers. Ex-student Rufus Howard, director at Royal HaskoningDVH, one of the world’s leading offshore energy consultancies, returned to the Academy this week to talk to sixth form students about careers in renewable energy and civil engineering. One of the strengths of SBA is maintaining links with ex-students who are always keen to come back to help, support and motivate current students.

Finally, I was captivated watching the Powerpoint shown at the Year 6 Welcome event on Wednesday, I think you will agree the opportunities available to students at Sandown Bay Academy cannot be matched elsewhere.  

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