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Principal's Blog - Friday 31st January

posted 31 Jan 2014, 05:33 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 31 Jan 2014, 10:21 ]

Well, that was a busy week.

Word may have got around that the academy had a monitoring inspection from Ofsted in order to check progress since last October. I am not going to make the mistake of giving lots of detail at this stage, nor will I publish a draft report.  The official report will be published on the Ofsted website in approximately four weeks time and, at that point, I am sure that the local media will pick up on some really good and strong messages.  From my point, the academy is slightly ahead of where I intended it to be at this point.

Even whilst Ofsted were here it was business as normal at Sandown Bay Academy.

210 of our students were screened by the charity ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’ (CRY) for heart conditions. This is thanks to fundraising by students and by Helen Barnes, Senior Administrator here at Sandown Bay Academy and her cousin Claire Prosser, whose son Tom died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition aged 14 in 2007. With our excellent sporting reputation across the island and Hampshire, our Academy was an ideal venue to screen students, many of whom are very active in sport. It was great to receive feedback from the CRY team about how impressed they were with our students. Tony Hill, CRY Family Screening Manager said

‘The students were very polite, courteous and extremely well behaved. The team were made very welcome and were pleased to have screened so many lovely students.’

It is always delightful to receive compliments such as this and I heard similar comments from inspectors about the overwhelming majority of our students. Well done. 

We have also seen committed students and received some fantastic entries for the Year 9 competition to create a map of China's physical geography. Photos of the entries are on our Facebook page (click here); please help us choose the winner by commenting on the one you think is the best.

Well done to all the Year 7 students who took part in the inter house Spelling Bee this week. The winner was Jack Oldridge in Green House who won today’s final. Amy Jupe in Red House came a close second and Christopher Smith in Yellow House came third. 

All in all, a great week for Sandown Bay Academy.

Eric Jackson