Isle of Wight News

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Christ the King College seek to assure over apparent £1m+ deficit

Christ the King College Sixth Form

Papers prepared for an upcoming council meeting show Christ the King as having a £1m+ deficit last year. The school assures OnTheWight that it's easily explained.

Wednesday, 1st July, 2015 1:05pm

By Simon Perry with 15 readers' comments

Ofsted finds primary school ‘Requires Improvement’

pencils in basket

The inspector found several strengths at the school but gave it an overall rating of 'Requires Improvement'.

Wednesday, 1st July, 2015 8:51am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Hampshire officers recommend closure of Carisbrooke College

Carisbrooke College photo from their Website

Officers recommend a merger of Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges on the Medina College site. Approval is also sought for a consultation on the closure to commence in the autumn with a view to closure by 2017.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 9:07pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

CQC report on pilot inspection of Isle of Wight NHS 111 service


A review of the ambulance service on the Isle of Wight is released today by the CQC.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 11:27am

By John Scott

Useful advice ahead of the year’s first major heatwave

Sunbathing cat

St John Ambulance offer some great advice for Islanders ahead of the heatwave, but don't forget about our animal friends during period of the intense heat.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 10:47am

By Janet Knight with 4 readers' comments

40p return fare for floating bridge in force from next month

20p pieces

Following a decision of the Full Council in February this year, the Isle of Wight Council will reintroduce the passenger charges for the use of the Cowes floating on Monday 20 July 2015.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 10:08am

By IW Council Press Office with 21 readers' comments

Have you seen the latest Plastic Mermaids music video?

Plastic Mermaids rowing boat

Isle of Wight band Plastic Mermaids push to boat out for their latest music video ... quite literally.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 8:46am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight council to be swallowed by a Hampshire-wide Combined Authority?

Whole of Hampshire and Isle of Wight

A recent letter to Government has been uncovered that Isle of Wight council is open to the idea of being brought into a Hampshire-wide Combined Authority. Would that be a good idea?

Monday, 29th June, 2015 7:01pm

By Simon Perry with 57 readers' comments

‘Inadequate’ rating for care home continues

Elderly woman

Three months after an inspection which rated the nursing home 'Inadequate' the CQC found the provider had made improvements. However, people’s safety was still compromised in several areas.

Monday, 29th June, 2015 4:07pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Primary school ‘requires improvement’ says Ofsted


Although the overall rating from Ofsted is 'Requires Improvement', many strengths of the school's provision have been highlighted in the report.

Monday, 29th June, 2015 10:20am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Busy weekend for Cowes RNLI crew

Cowes rnli drifting dinghy

The crew at Cowes RNLI were kept busy over the weekend, but with shouts unrelated to Round the Island Race.

Monday, 29th June, 2015 8:31am

By George Chastney with one comment

Man tried to ‘sail’ to the Isle of Wight on this raft: ‘Lucky to be alive’

RNLI Mudeford raft rescued - June 2015

Using a parasol as a sail, after tying a handful of items together - including a door - with washing line to make a raft, man risks his life in attempted journey to Alum Bay from the Mainland.

Sunday, 28th June, 2015 4:01pm

By Simon Perry with 17 readers' comments