Sandown Bay Academy

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Sandown Bay Academy
Sandown Bay Academy Logo.jpg
Motto To make our best better
Established 2011 (as Sandown Bay Academy)
Type Academy
Executive Principal Eric Jackson
Chair of Governors Peter Harris
Location The Fairway
Isle of Wight
PO36 9JH
England Coordinates: 50°39′29″N 1°09′58″W / 50.658°N 1.166°W / 50.658; -1.166
DfE URN 136751 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 2,100
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–19
Houses 4

Sandown Bay Academy, formerly Sandown High School, is an academy status secondary school, including sixth form, located in Sandown on the Isle of Wight, England.


The main school was established in 1970[1] when the former Sandown Grammar and Fairway Secondary Modern schools merged to form Sandown High School. In 2005, it gained status as a sports college.[2]

As part of the reorganisation of the education system on the Isle of Wight, Academies Enterprise Trust was successful in their bid against Innovative Schools and East Wight Educational Trust to take over the school. Sandown Bay Academy was formed on the main school site and the site of former Sandham Middle School, now North School, in 2011, with the age range extended to Year 7 to Year 14. It is now one of five secondary education providers on the Isle of Wight.

The 2012 pass rates for the school were 40% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths for GCSE and 92% pass rate with 67% A* to C for A Level. [3][4]

The school is sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust.

Popular culture[edit]

The 1973 box office hit That'll Be the Day, starring David Essex, Rosemary Leach and Ringo Starr, was filmed on the Isle of Wight, particularly at Sandown High School, Shanklin beach and Wroxall.

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