Yvie Partridge


Harry Sheppard

Students from Ryde Academy are celebrating their triumph in the categories of Dance (Group) and Music at the Festival of Remarkable Lives ceremony run by Academies Enterprise Trust (AET). 

AET is one of the largest academy trusts in the country, with 58 primary, secondary and special schools in total. 33,000 young people from across AET’s family of schools were eligible for the awards.

Chloe Neale and Yvie Partridge submitted a dance routine which judges were impressed by the range of emotion which came through, the piece was also beautifully executed.

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In the music category, Harry Sheppard’s submission impressed judges with good tone, rhythm and melody.

For Daisy Gullen’s submission, judges commented on how well she sang and kept a melody.

The festival, recognising all aspects of what it means to be ‘remarkable’, is designed to celebrate the previous year’s achievements and is integral to the trust’s ethos of inspiring students to live a ‘remarkable life’. The competition winners were announced by Sam and Mark from CBBC on a live-streamed show.

Chloe Neale

Hilary Seaton, Head of Dance said:

“We are delighted to be the recipient of this award two years in a row. Dance is such an integral part of our school community and truly enables our students to lead remarkable lives. These two girls are role models to our school dance community – their discipline and passion is inspirational and they both have made exceptional progress as dancers since joining the school 3 years ago.

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“This routine was choreographed collaboratively virtually which shows how talented and committed they are to their craft. They both are now representing Team England alongside Ryde Academy’s Elite Team at the World Finals of the Dance World Cup so to receive another national award, is really exciting and validates how dance in secondary schools empowers students. Well done Yvie and Chloe – we are so proud of you!

“Winning the music competitions means everything to us as it recognises and celebrates the talents of our students. We are so proud of them all.”

Rebecca Boomer-Clark, Chief Executive of AET, said:

“It is fantastic to see all of the talent and imagination we have in our schools across AET – huge congratulations to all of our winners today, including pupils from Ryde Academy. The Remarkable Lives Festival is the culmination of the school year and gives us a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the diversity of talent we have in our schools.

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“All children – and especially those from disadvantaged communities – deserve a rich education which is ambitious and sets them up for adult life. That belief is at the heart of the Remarkable Lives festival, and I am excited to see how we can carry this momentum into a new school year after the summer break.”

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