More than quarter of local authority-run Isle of Wight schools in deficit

Secondary age school children - no faces

In a mixed picture, more than a quarter of state-run schools on the Isle of Wight don't have enough funding to pay their outgoing, DfE figures reveal, as schools asked to do more.

Monday, 17th December, 2018 9:03am

By Harriet Clugston with 4 readers' comments

‘No catch’ to Ryde’s free nativity scene photo opportunity

Aspire Ryde nativity

Dress your family in the clothes provided for this nativity scene and have your photo taken free of charge in Ryde on Saturday 22nd, courtesy of volunteers from local churches.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 8:23am

By Julie Croydon

David’s dedication to fundraising helps vital charities

david rogers as santa with presents

David Rogers from All About Catering in Cowes has been dressing up as Father Christmas and raising money for two great charities since 2015, after his best friend's life was saved by firefighters and air ambulance crew. Have you spotted him yet?

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 9:14am

By Sally Perry

Number of people who will be ‘homeless’ this Christmas confirmed by Isle of Wight Council

Children at Christmas

The number of families living in emergency and temporary accommodation across the Island this Christmas the has been confirmed by Isle of Wight council. Some of those will be in B&Bs.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 8:47am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Beatrix Potter at Quay Arts for Christmas


The performances will be part of a weekend of fun activities for children and families at Quay Arts, with free Christmas films at 10am and midday, workshops and making spaces and a special seasonal menu!

Monday, 10th December, 2018 4:18pm

By Tayla Smith with 2 readers' comments

Rainbows and Brownies bring Christmas cheer

Wootton Xmas

Many Rainbows and Brownies will be delivering hand-made Christmas gifts to Island residents, whilst others have been singing or helping other charities.

Monday, 10th December, 2018 4:00pm

By Suzanne Whitewood

Pupils get taste of law in action at 2018 Mock Trial Competition


Well done to all the students who took part in last weekend's Inter Schools Mock Trial Competition at Newport Crown Court.

Monday, 10th December, 2018 2:33pm

By Nicky Hayward

Teenage Cancer Trust Christmas fundraiser at Lake Aldi

merry christmas snowman decoration

There'll be Santa's Grotto, loads of Christmas craft activities for kids, bake sale, entertainment and a very special hot chocolate stall. All in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Friday, 7th December, 2018 2:08pm

By Ekine Fernandez

Miss Isle’s entry for Atlantic crossing challenge now confirmed

blown away miss isle sip and puff yacht and insert

This time next year, inspirational Isle of Wight sailor, Natasha Lambert, will be embarking on the challenge of crossing the Atlantic in her new yacht, Blown Away, using just 'sip and puff' technology.

Friday, 7th December, 2018 10:08am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Hundreds of Isle of Wight children homeless this Christmas, Shelter estimates show

Unhappy child

The government say Isle of Wight council has a duty to prevent homelessness, but according to estimates from a housing charity, hundreds of children on the Island will be homeless this Christmas.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018 5:08pm

By Joseph Hook with 2 readers' comments

Fall in vaccinations against cancer-causing HPV for Isle of Wight girls

radar - hpv

New figures show the proportion of girls on the Isle of Wight getting vaccinated against the potentially cancer-causing HPV virus has fallen in recent years.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018 12:11pm

By Harriet Clugston

Isle of Wight schools in bottom 20, with SEND crisis ‘catastrophic for children’ say union

School crossing sign :

Ofsted's South East Director said schools like Cowes Enterprise College have managed to turn themselves around, but the Island is still not doing well enough for children who need extra support, such those on free school meals and those with special educational needs.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018 11:54am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment