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Sandown Bay Academy

About Us

At Sandown Bay Academy we always put our students first. We are building an academy that supports, guides and develops them during the exciting phase from childhood to becoming a young adult. Sandown Bay is set amongst wonderful surroundings and we make the most of our environment and space to create opportunities for every student to thrive and experience success.

Our mission is to “make our best better.” As an academy we are constantly seeking ways to improve and do better for our students. For the youngsters, this represents meeting their own personal challenge. We want them to be bold in describing their ambitions in life and then we work with them in order to make what initially may be a dream into a reality. The older they become, the more confidence they must have in themselves.

We understand the ingredients of success; we have a strong curriculum that is closely matched to the needs of all of our students. It supports academic excellence and promotes outstanding achievement in Sport and PE, Performing Arts and a range of subjects that prepare our students for work. There is a strong tradition of academic excellence with many sixth form students progressing to top universities.

We recognise the need to support and encourage our students and we have an excellent pastoral system, at the heart of which are our excellent form tutors. We also have a House system that provides fun, challenge and competition and from this comes our student leadership. Students themselves play a strong part in developing their school through the School Council and older students meet regularly with me in order to discuss how we can make our academy better.

We always try to work hard with parents in order that they can help their children to be successful. We need a partnership where every student comes to school every day, equipped and fully prepared to work. We have high expectations and expect to be supported by parents in getting the basics right in areas such as behaviour and uniform. Where students find school difficult, we will work exceptionally hard to provide the support, through which they will also enjoy success and we have a dedicated team of very skilled staff to do this.

As our students grow, they thrive. They thrive through taking advantage of the many opportunities on offer; these range from participation in teams, the development of excellence in an individual sport, involvement in our talent programmes in Performing Arts, our leadership programmes and Duke of Edinburgh right up to the Medrox programme that prepares students for the best universities. The list is endless; I doubt if many schools in the country can match the opportunities available at Sandown Bay Academy.

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Our Mission Statement

Sandown Bay Academy is a key member of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), the operational arm of the Greensward Charitable Trust, which is a federation of academies created to provide thousands of students/pupils with the best possible education.

AET aims to provide the opportunity for all young learners to fulfill their real potential, broaden their horizons and become active, prosperous and successful citizens in the world around them. AET believes that all young people deserve to become world class learners - to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment, with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up to date resources available to them.

AET is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that young people are able to, in the future, compete on the world stage with the skills, confidence and flair to generate new ideas, new initiatives and thereby make a full contribution to tomorrow's world.

Mission Statement - “Our duty is to inspire young people to make their best better.”

Vision Statement - “To help students achieve world class learning outcomes by developing world class teachers in a world class community.”

Underpinning the AET vision is the commitment to the five key outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda. At AET Academies, these will be based upon a set of Values and Beliefs. Through our actions and behaviors we will strive to develop young people who:

  • respect themselves and the community, i.e. people, property, the environment, and seek to have a positive impact on society.
  • are polite, calm, caring, honest, trustworthy and helpful.
  • are responsible, independent and supportive of each other.
  • are tolerant, open minded and not prejudiced.
  • are determined and have a strong work ethic.
  • will be thoughtful and compassionate with the ability to listen and challenge in a considerate fashion.
  • have good communication skills.
  • offer themselves as good role models for future generations of learners and citizens.
  • can demonstrate strong self-belief and confidence and have high aspirations.
  • are team players who can work and support others and where necessary are able to take leadership roles.

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