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Principal's Blog - Friday 7th November

posted 7 Nov 2014, 07:10 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 7 Nov 2014, 07:12 ]

Many of you will have read our latest Ofsted report when it was released earlier this week and I would like to thank you for your continued support in restoring the pride back in Sandown Bay Academy. We are particularly proud of the judgments made about sixth form and hope to see many Year 11 students at our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 27th January.

One of the things that Ofsted commented on was the range of opportunities on offer for students at Sandown Bay Academy. This is something that we are really proud of; we offer students a wealth of opportunities to complement their academic studies. This week a group of Year 11 students visited The Mayflower Theatre to watch Wicked as part of their GCSE Drama course, a group of sixth form students spent the day at Chichester University to get an insight into studying for a Dance degree, History students visited Portsmouth University, students studying for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards presented their projects and sixth form mathematicians took part in the Senior UK Maths Challenge, which is a well-recognised and prestigious event.

There are 2 information evenings taking place next week for some exciting trips in 2015, the ski trip information evening is at 6pm on Tuesday 11th November and the Arran trip information evening is at 6pm on Wednesday 12th November. I recognise that such activities are very expensive at it is always a dilemma whether we run them when they will be inaccessible to some families.  These two trips have always been extremely popular so come along and find out about them.  It would be a really good point for Sandown Bay if we can help every young person to do something they would not have thought possible. I would urge parents to contact us in confidence if we can help an individual child. We can’t promise but we will listen. 

A photo from last year's ski trip
A photo from last year's Arran trip

Year 7 students were congratulated this week for their positive attitude to learning and exemplary behaviour during lessons; they were rewarded with a certificate and VIVOs.

The Year 9 girls’ football team are through to the quarter finals of the Hampshire Cup after beating Cams Hill School 2-1 this week.

Thank you to the Year 11 Catering students for my cooked breakfast on Thursday morning, I could get used to that every day!

Enjoy your weekend.

Eric Jackson.