AET: Academies Enterprise Trust

AET, control two high schools on the Isle of Wight, Sandown and Ryde academies.

The Academies Enterprise Trust, is a national chain of academies managing many schools across the UK.

They are not without controversy having been instructed by the government to slow their expansion.

Sandown ‘nimbyism’ slur by AET CEO ‘beggars belief’ says councillor

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Cllr Debbie Andre says, "the fact that Mr Drinkall can accuse parents, pupils and staff of “nimbyism” in their campaigning for a high quality local school for local children, beggars belief".

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018 10:29am

By Debbie Andre

Isle of Wight Labour slam AET’s CEO over Sandown ‘nimbyism’ slur

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The Isle of Wight Labour Party are outraged at AET's chief executive, Julian Drinkall, for accusing Islanders of “nimbyism” for not agreeing to AETs demands to close down Sandown Bay Academy.

Monday, 26th March, 2018 8:58pm

By Julian Critchley with 8 readers' comments

Sandown Bay Academy: Future plans revealed (update 2)

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The news that many have been waiting for in relation to the future of secondary educations in Sandown can now be revealed.

Friday, 27th October, 2017 2:03pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Ryde Academy Governors resign over AET’s ‘wholly commercial’ decisions

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Six of the seven Governors at Ryde Academy have resigned, saying they believe "decisions AET are making in respect of education provision show no interest in improving education, but are becoming wholly commercial”.

Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 8:57pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Plan to cease secondary education at Sandown withdrawn say council

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The Isle of Wight council say "assurances have now been given that the plan to cease secondary education at Sandown has been withdrawn".

Monday, 4th September, 2017 4:32pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Sandown Bay Academy falls back into Special Measures again

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Ofsted inspectors said "Ineffective governance arrangements, overseen by Academies Education Trust (AET), mean that pupils have been let down in the quality of education they receive for too long".

Tuesday, 4th July, 2017 3:06pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight council launch consultation on future of Sandown Bay Academy

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The Isle of Wight council have launched a six week consultation on future plans for secondary school provision in Sandown, floating a possible partnership with the Governing Body of The Bay CE Primary School.

Monday, 12th June, 2017 2:49pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Call for IW school heads to oppose closure plans

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Julian Critchley says the rationale for the proposed merger of AET's two academies on the Isle of Wight is fundamentally flawed, and believes the proposal has not been properly thought through.

Monday, 5th June, 2017 1:09pm

By Jim Moody with 5 readers' comments

AET launch consultation for planned amalgamation of Isle of Wight schools

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Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), the organisation responsible for both schools, says it believes the new combined school has the potential to be truly outstanding to the benefit of students, families and the local community.

Thursday, 25th May, 2017 12:58pm

By Mike Barnett

Councillor calls for academy sponsor to be removed from the Isle of Wight


A motion being heard at the Extra-Ordinary Full Council meeting demands that Academy sponsor, AET, be removed from the role of managing any school on the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 15th May, 2017 4:44pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Sandown Bay Academy: School is unsustainable say AET

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Pupil numbers at Sandown Bay Academy have almost halved from 2,084 in 2012 to 1,157 this year. The Academy sponsor, AET, say it's just not sustainable

Thursday, 11th May, 2017 4:17pm

By Mike Barnett with 7 readers' comments

Sandown Bay pupils call for AET to be removed from school

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Over 450 pupils from Sandown Bay Academy took part in a peaceful sit-in today to protest at plans to merge their school in September 2018 with Ryde Academy.

Tuesday, 9th May, 2017 4:39pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments