Ryde Academy, Ryde, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 3LN
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Ryde Academy
Ryde, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 3LN
01983 567331

Ryde Academy is an 11 -18 Secondary academy which opened on 1 September 2011 and is sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust.  

At Ryde Academy we recognise that each student is an individual with a unique range of abilities, qualities and aspirations for the future. Our role is to ensure that all students can maximise their opportunities and outcomes and to allow them to access their future pathways. We must ensure a personalised and individual educational experience for all students celebrating the richness and diversity within our local community is offered.

Our Staff

Ryde Academy currently employs approximately 180 members of full and part time teaching and educational support staff.  The Senior Leadership team consists of a Principal, two Vice Principals, a Business Manager, Three Assistant Vice Principals  and a Human Resources Manager.

We have nine teaching Departments; English, Mathematics, Science & Health, PE & Wellbeing, Humanities & SMSC, Business, ICT & Media, Art, Design and Photography, Languages and Performing Arts. Departments are led by Department Heads who are supported by Second in Departments in our larger department areas.

Teaching is supported by a team of HLTA’s, curriculum based Teaching Assistants, SEND Teaching Assistants  and Technicians.

Students with additional needs are supported by our SEND and Inclusion staff, which include both teaching and support staff,

Our five Head’s of Years  work with both teaching staff and a range of pastoral support staff to ensure the best outcomes for our students.

This is a particularly good time to join Ryde Academy with its current emphasis on developing pedagogy and inspirational learning experiences. The academy is also expanding and developing the use of new technologies to further improve teaching and learning.

All staff have the opportunity to undertake a range of personalised CPD activities to support them, their role and their career development. The academy help develop out staff through both in hourse training and development programmes, such as our Teacher Acceleration Programme as well as facilitating access to nationally recognised qualifications and development programmes.


We provide an innovative curriculum designed to offer an extensive range of courses and qualifications specifically targeted to maximise the ability and potential of all our students.

Young people need to be increasingly adaptable, independent and confident; our curriculum provides the diversity and flexibility to match all student needs to give them the experience and qualifications to enable them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum across years 7 and 8 is designed to provide a broad and balanced approach and prepare them for Key Stage 4.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to stretch and challenge the most able with a range of GCSE courses including triple science, english and mathematics, a range of foundation subjects as well as the opportunity to progress to advanced qualifications as appropriate. In addition to the core offer of subjects for all students, we have a full mix of academic and vocational courses.

For some students we have introduced a range of alternative courses best matched to ensure that they achieve appropriate qualifications.

Citizenship, religious education and PSHE (personal, social and health education) are considered vital parts of the curriculum on offer, whether through discrete lessons or through specific activities delivered throughout the year. This compliments and supports our ethos where we promote equal opportunities for all, irrespective of background, and celebrate cultural richness and diversity both locally and nationally as well as through our extensive international programme


In addition to our main academy site we also have a dedicated Sixth Form Campus.

On the main academy site is delivered in department areas. Classrooms are equipped with interactive projectors Practical aspects of subjects are taught in designated studios, workshops, practical classroom areas, laboratories and our studio theatre. A range of ICT resources including laptops and desk tops are available within department areas. We have a site wide wireless network  which supports the use of tablet computers.  The academy has excellent sporting facilities including an on-site Sports Centre with fitness suite, Dance Studio and Astroturf.

Teaching Departments


Our English Department provides students with key skills and knowledge using a variety of resources and texts. It benefits from its own computer suite.


The Maths Department has large airy rooms to  students to focus and apply the skills that are taught in lessons. Students are encouraged to participate in a bi-annual event called ‘Maths Challenge’ hosted by the Maths Department.

Science & Health

Being one of the larger departments in the Academy, the Science Department have the resources and facilities available to inspire and excite students within their study. Not only are the classrooms set up in a laboratory style, there are several technicians who work behind the scenes to assist teachers in providing well planned lessons. The department also has their own computer suite providing independent learning opportunities.

Humanities & SMSC

History, Geography, Leisure and Tourism and My Community make up our Humanities Department. My Community involves SMSC, Citizenship, PSHE and Politics. With plenty of textual resources and a departmental computer suite available to use, students are able to explore cultural richness, diversity and support equal opportunities.


Offering Spanish, French, German, Italian and even Latin for our gifted and talented students, the Languages Department aim to educate and develop our students lingual qualities.

PE & Wellbeing

Ryde Academy boasts a large community sports hall equipped with a range of fitness equipment. Students are able to benefit from using the all-weather astro-truf, the gym, dance studio, the tennis courts and playing fields

Business, Media, ICT

With dedicated IT suites for business, ICT and media, students are provided with the tools they need to thrive within this curriculum area. Along with the many established links to local companies we have an extensive range of business courses throughout the curriculum. Students can also benefit from any additional opportunities including Young Enterprise, Young Chamber, Young Apprentice and Achievers International.

Art, DT and Photography

Well equipped workshops, cookery classrooms, textiles area, art studios and a newly installed photography suite ensure that students are able to experience a broad range of mediums to learn and develop skills and knowledge.

Performing Arts

Ryde Academy are the Global Rock champions of 2013. Not only do we have our own dance studio, theatre and music room we have enthusiastic performing arts professionals onsite to inspire and teach within this exciting department.

To find out more about us, please visit our website at www.rydeacademy.org 


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