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Principal's Blog - Friday 9th October

posted 8 Oct 2015, 23:58 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 9 Oct 2015, 00:08 ]

We were delighted to welcome Year 6 students into the Academy this week for a series of exciting taster days. Year 6 students took part in a Technology and Computing day, a Science and Maths day and a Music and Performing Arts day. The teachers were very impressed with the students’ behaviour, attitudes and knowledge. We hope the students enjoyed these days and left well informed about the incredible opportunities we have to offer at Sandown Bay Academy. Our taster days are just one part of our comprehensive transition programme. I have enjoyed visiting our local Primary schools over the past few weeks and look forward to further developing the strong relationship we have with them in order to ensure a seamless transition between Year 6 and Year 7.


I am looking forward to meeting parents and students at our Year 6 into 7 Open Evening on Thursday next week. If any parents would like to come and look around the Academy during the day then please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment. 

As we continue to go from strength to strength in our academic programme, we have developed links with good and outstanding schools and Universities to offer students and staff excellent opportunities for learning collaboratively with their peers. Our Science faculty have forged a link with The University of Southampton and are participating in the Life Lab project (please click here for further details). Our Maths department are working with colleagues from Henry Cort Community College to develop marking and feedback to students which has been shown by much educational research to have a very positive impact on learning. 

I was in awe of the effort, enthusiasm and determination that students showed at the Inter House Rowing competition this week. The sports hall was buzzing and it was wonderful to see students from Years 7 through to Year 13 working together as a team. Congratulations to Blue House, who won the overall title.



Next week students, staff and parents of Sandown Bay Academy will undertake the enormous challenge of crossing the Atlantic Ocean on indoor rowing machines. Rowing at least 25, 795 kilometres over five days, this will truly test not only the fitness but also the resilience and sheer determination of all involved to prove that anything is indeed possible with the right mindset. It will also demonstrate the competitive spirit of Sandown Bay Academy student community and supporters at their very best. Money raised will go towards the Seaflex, an Island company who are supporting Syrian refugees and the Academy rowing team, in funding travel to the National Indoor rowing championships next year. We are very keen for parents and carers to come and have a row, even if it is only for 5 minutes. If you are keen, please contact us and we will arrange a time.

It was lovely to see new members at our Parent Forum meeting this week. We are still very keen to recruit more parents so if you are interested in joining then please email Karen Tuck on

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne