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Principal's Blog - Friday 5th September

posted 5 Sep 2014, 02:48 by Karen Bricknell

Welcome back to new students and to students continuing their journey with SBA, I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine over the summer holidays and are ready to work hard this year in lessons and also embrace all of the opportunities on offer at Sandown Bay Academy.

Many students were celebrating great exam results over the summer, exceptional results were achieved in some of the most demanding of A-Level subjects and two students are now heading to Oxford University. Dylan Boyd achieved 4 A* grades, in Maths, Further Maths, Music and Physics, he will study Physics at New College, Oxford. Jordan Strobach-Morris achieved 4 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and an A grade in Music; he will study Physics and Philosophy at Baliol College in Oxford. 

Edie Swain is off to study medicine at Nottingham University having achieved 4 A* grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and EPQ. Jamie King will also study medicine at Southampton University. Lewis Coulter is off to study Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University having achieved A* grades in Chemistry and Maths and an A grade in Biology.

The great tradition of Sandown’s sporting success continued with many students including Michael Weeks and Bethany Howarth, off to Brunel and Exeter respectively with triple Distinction stars in BTEC Sports Studies.

Terrific results were achieved in Performing Arts with Rheanna Berryman taking centre stage having achieved 3 Distinction * grades in Dance and Performing Arts, Rheanna is off to Roehampton University to study Dance Studies. Lily George achieved 3 Distinction* grades in Dance and Arts Management.

Chester Sampson gained Distinction* in Creative Media Production, and A grades in Fine Art and Graphic Communications. He will study Computer Animation at Bournemouth University and hopes to be an Animator for Disney or Pixar films in the future.

I look forward to welcoming back such a huge number of Year 11 students into sixth form when they start on Monday, many of whom celebrated achieving 5 or more A or A* grades at GCSE. These students include Hannah Mudge who gained 9 A* grades, Wilney Tatter-Smith who got 6 A* grades and 4 A grades, Josh Perfect achieved 6 A* grades and 6 A grades, Dimarzio Rogers got 3 A* grades and 5 A grades, Aiden Pierce got 1 A* and 9 A grades and Alice Lyons achieved 5 A* grades and 4 A grades.  I have no doubt that these students will be heading off to some of the top universities in the county when they leave sixth form in two years’ time.

Lots of students did really well in their GCSEs and it is brilliant to see a big improvement in boys’ performance and especially in English. Come on girls, they are catching up!

The Year 7 students just starting their journey at Sandown Bay Academy have settled in really well. I have been very impressed with their attitudes and how smart they are looking. Next Wednesday is Year 7 Interhouse football and netball; I hope that lots of the new Year 7’s get involved as the house system is a great feature of SBA life.

I have visited lots of year 7 and 8 classes while they are enjoying ‘Reading time,’ it has been interesting to see the wide variety of books they are reading.

Good luck to the Year 13 performing arts students who were selecting to perform at the Bestival this weekend, I am sure you will wow the crowds! Enjoy the September sunshine.

The term has got off to a roaring start.  The additional two periods in the day are already making a big difference and everyone is really excited about what will be a great year for Sandown Bay.

Eric Jackson.