NSPCC call for more specialist police training as reports of child sex offences rise


Last year, the NSPCC spoke to more than 170 children on the Isle of Wight about how to keep themselves safe from abuse. The NSPCC is now calling for more specialist police training.

Thursday, 23rd March, 2017 9:08am

By Kelly Evans

Isle of Wight school governing bodies set out case in funding plea to minister


Following the suggestion from Isle of Wight MP, Andrew Turner, the chairs of Isle of Wight governing bodies write to the Secretary of State setting out the case for why Isle of Wight schools need more funding.

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017 10:38am

By Joe Finch with 4 readers' comments

Big Board Game Day: Bringing your family and friends closer

big board game day

Big Board Game Day is a fun way of bringing families and friends together, and a chance to raise money for a great cause at the same time. Register now.

Monday, 20th March, 2017 4:09pm

By Hayley Pierre

91% of children not getting enough exercise, new figures show

Sustrans big pedal launch by Livia Lazar for Sustrans

A recent YouGov poll, carried out on behalf of Sustrans, found that less than one in 10 (9%) of children and young people get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. The Big Pedal 2017 has been launched to get more young people cycling and scooting to school.

Monday, 20th March, 2017 3:51pm

By Neil Aldridge with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Fencing students gain prestigious Silver Awards

fencing awards

Well done to Henry Summerfield, Amy Huyton and George Collins, who have earned their Silver Awards from the British Academy of Fencing. No mean feat, as the sport requires years of training.

Monday, 20th March, 2017 9:33am

By Nick Stuart

Isle of Wight dance and performing arts students wow the judges in Disneyland

starlight boutique pupils on stage with certificates

Young Islanders - aged eight and 15 - wowed the judges at 2017 IFDPA (International Federation of Dance and Performing Arts) competition in Disneyland and came away with some great results. Well done!

Friday, 17th March, 2017 4:31pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

New App provides counselling for young people in need


Funded by Barclays, the ‘For Me’ was invented by four teenagers who wanted to make technology benefit the community.

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 9:35am

By Kelly Evans

Ryde Arena: Group of investors being formed for possible purchase

frozen out

A group of investors are being formed and within the next week it's expected a six month moratorium on the sale of Ryde Arena will be in place.

Wednesday, 15th March, 2017 2:19pm

By Robina Marshall with 2 readers' comments

Regional Chief makes first official visit to the Isle of Wight

Girlguiding leaders

Region Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding South West England, Carole Pennington, visited the Island over the weekend taking part in two events to celebrate what Girlguiding has to offer.

Monday, 13th March, 2017 7:59am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Nominations open for Youth Council and Youth Parliament

youth council

Local elections for young people on the Isle of Wight will be taking place in April; so if you feel strongly about local issues or have an interest in politics, then this could be the opportunity for you!

Friday, 10th March, 2017 4:03pm

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight apprenticeships showcased during national Apprenticeships Week

Joe Fallone

Island Futures will be showcasing the opportunities and benefits to the Island’s economy of this route to effective employment at two events this month

Friday, 3rd March, 2017 12:38pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Ryde Academy dance students prepare for Wembley

ryde academy Courtney Bowman age 13 and Alivia Simpson age 14

Ryde Academy has a rich history of dance and performance - students will be showcasing their talent at the launch of Derby Day – Saracen’s annual fixture at Wembley in April this year.

Friday, 3rd March, 2017 9:42am

By Nat Nelson with 2 readers' comments