Isle of Wight education

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Whether it be the latest Ofsted inspection report, GCSE and A-Level results; pupils’ achievements; or educational trips, this is the place to find up-to-date, reliable information.

Call for an end to over-testing of six and seven years in schools

quiet please

Isle of Wight Green Party leader, Vix Lowthion, says the over-emphasis on external testing of six and seven year olds is zapping the creativity out of our teaching and learning.

Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016 4:58pm

By Vix Lowthion

Ryde Academy student takes part in Queen’s birthday celebrations

Ryde Academy - Georgia and Mike

Ryde Academy student, Georgia Holmes, and school first aider, Michael Hine, both represented the Isle of Wight St John Ambulance Service at the Hampshire Civic Event at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday.

Wednesday, 27th April, 2016 6:59am

By Nat Nelson with one comment

Police investigate reports of a ‘flasher’ near primary school

police officer

Best to be safe when there are reports of a 'flasher' of course, but locally the explanations circulating today for this isn't quite what was originally thought.

Thursday, 21st April, 2016 3:33pm

By Sally Perry

School absence fines High Court hearing date set

Royal Courts of Justice by raver_mikey

OnTheWight has chatted to Jon Platt to find out how he's feeling about the upcoming High Court hearing (the date's just been set) in the case that could have considerable repercussions across the Isle of Wight and beyond.

Thursday, 14th April, 2016 5:49pm

By Sally Perry with 77 readers' comments

Isle of Wight pre-school: ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ say Ofsted

Happy child

Thumbs up for all those working at the pre-school which was rated overall by Ofsted as 'Good' and includes an 'Outstanding' rating for Personal development, behaviour and welfare.

Wednesday, 13th April, 2016 10:54am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Students learn important life skills whilst working with horses

bodster ryde academy

Ryde Academy Students have been spending time at Bodster CIC and through interaction with horses have been learning some important social and life skills.

Friday, 8th April, 2016 9:21am

By Nat Nelson with 2 readers' comments

Concerns over behaviour at Academy led to inspection

Concerns from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector about the behaviour at the Academy led to the inspection in February. OnTheWight has the details of the findings.

Wednesday, 6th April, 2016 12:49pm

By Sally Perry

Continued improvement at Isle of Wight primary school say Ofsted

Thumbs up - young boy:

The school had been rated as Inadequate in 2014, but with good leadership continues to make improvements say Ofsted.

Tuesday, 5th April, 2016 8:25am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Festival media donations raise over £1,000 for St Catherine’s

Young Volcanoes and Isle of WIght Music Festival

The latest cheque – raised via donations from the national media at the 2015 Festival – brings the total raised by the Isle of Wight Festival for St Catherine's School to £12,609.

Thursday, 31st March, 2016 12:45pm

By Rachel Thomson

Isle of Wight pupils give their all in Rock Challenge Showcase

rock challenge ryde academy - Nick Scott

Pupils from Ryde Academy picked up several awards at the Rock Challenge Showcase, including Spirit of Rock Challenge Award.

Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016 6:59am

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Exceptional leader’ to work with Isle of Wight Academy

Ben Parnell CEC

Previously described by Schools Minister Lord Nash as an ‘exceptional’ school leader, new regional director for the South, Ben Parnell, will also be working with the Principal at Cowes Enterprise College.

Monday, 21st March, 2016 1:10pm

By Andrea Sweeney

Academy hopes for primary school as it goes into Special Measures

St Francis primary school

Ofsted have placed the school in Special Measures, so the Church of England’s Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academy Trust (PWDAT) has offered to sponsor the school.

Thursday, 17th March, 2016 5:00pm

By Neil Pugmire with 12 readers' comments