Principal's Blog

5th April 2019

We have reached the end of term and ended with a mufti day to raise money for our charity, Aspire Ryde. We will let you know how much we raised as soon as possible.

We have lots of revision and coursework sessions taking place over Easter for Year 11 and 6th Form and you can find the timetable on our website. 6th Form timetables have been given to students.

Parents can now check for themselves if their child is eligible for free school meals (FSM). The government gives schools additional funding for those students who are entitled to free school meals. We can then use this to obtain additional staff and resources that help improve the quality of education. If you want to check your eligibility you can do so on https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/ There is also a link on the front of our website that will take you to the eligibility checker.

We have two more family learning exam preparation events coming up; on Tuesday 23rd April for Computer Science and on Thursday 2nd May for Maths. These take place between 4.45pm-6.15pm. Please book via ParentPay or contact Tanya Baxter tbaxter@rydeacademy.org or 01983 567 331.

In our first week back we will be holding our termly Parent and Community Action Group meeting. You can read a summary of our last meeting in this Newsletter.

Our next INSET day is on Friday 14th June. This means that students, unless they are sitting an exam, will not be in school.

Congratulations to this weeks Most Remarkable Student, Molly MacKinnon (6th Form). Molly recently helped staff when another student became ill. Molly is an extremely caring person and a good friend to her peers. This act of kindness is nothing less than we would expect of her.

In our first week back we will be holding our termly Parent and Community Action Group meeting. You can read a summary of our last meeting in this Newsletter.

Our next INSET day is on Friday 14th June. This means that students, unless they are sitting an exam, will not be in school.

Congratulations to this weeks Most Remarkable Student, Molly MacKinnon (6th Form). Molly recently helped staff when another student became ill. Molly is an extremely caring person and a good friend to her peers. This act of kindness is nothing less than we would expect of her.

29th March 2019

I felt very privileged to be at the High Sheriff Awards on Monday evening to see five of our students receive an award, two of whom had been nominated by Aspire Ryde. I am so proud of them as well as all the other young people who won. It was an honour to be amongst them. You can read more about it on the front of this Newsletter.

On the last day of term, Friday 5th April, we will be holding a mufti day for our charity, Aspire Ryde. Students can wear their own clothes in exchange for £1 for the charity. Please make sure that clothes are suitable for the school environment.

On Wednesday, Year 10 students attended the Heads On road safety event at the Academy. The Isle of Wight Road Safety Team along with all the emergency services were involved in this event which had three main parts: a demonstration of how the emergency services attend a road traffic accident, a local case study in which the emotional impact of a crash is explored and a workshop in which students considered what steps they can take as non-drivers to ensure their safety and that of others.

Next week we are holding the annual Year 7 Rocket Car Race day. In preparation students design and make their rocket cars and these are then raced with help from the Navy using explosives. The fastest cars then go on to the regional finals. Last year a group of our students made it to the regionals and spent the day with Navy personnel building and modifying their cars before the final race.

We also have the second of our family learning sessions on Wednesday 3rd April. Families who created clay pots last week will be decorating them ready for Easter.

On Thursday 4th April we are holding a Year 11 GCSE success evening. We have changed the format of the exams success evening slightly to a student wellbeing and preparation evening. The event will run in the Theatre from 6-7pm on the 4th April and focus on revision timetables, healthy lifestyles, coping with stress techniques and revision methods. All GCSE subjects will provide information sheets about their subject with important exam information and specific revision materials

A copy of the Year 11 Easter holiday revision timetable has been uploaded to our website under the exam section. Copies have also been emailed to students and parents.

Congratulations to this week's Most Remarkable Student, Gulsena Korkmaz (6th Form). Gulsena attended one of our RE classes so she could talk about her beliefs. She did a fantastic job. She was confident, friendly, informative and gave the students such a good insight into what life is like growing up as a Muslim on the Island. At the end she fielded questions from the class which they loved. So much so that they didn't want to leave at the end of lesson.