Isle of Wight College

The Isle of Wight training college is a general further education college (GFE).

Coordinates: 50°42′23″N 1°17′48″W / 50.706500°N 1.296600°W

Isle of Wight College
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TypeFurther Education
PrincipalDebbie Lavin
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Isle of Wight College
The Isle of Wight College


The college operates with a broad curriculum to reflect the needs of the island community. The College is the island's major provider of further education and training for some 8,000 learners and has built more accommodation over the past five years. It is also a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in four areas; care, hospitality, marine engineering and early years.

In a recent Office for Standards in Education inspection The College was rated as a Grade 1, a common grade. The inspectors commented:

The Isle of Wight College is an outstanding college that is working most effectively to meet the needs of the island community. Standards are very high and improving for all learners who make outstanding progress during their time at The College. Teaching and learning are good and improving. Guidance and support for learners are outstanding.


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The Isle of Wight College 6form advert on back of a Southern Vectis bus.

The main campus is sited in a central location on the outskirts of Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight and the island's principal retail centre. A number of other centres around the island are used for adult education, basic skills, family learning programmes and for information and communication technology (ICT) courses.


  • The College's Learning Resources Centre (LRC) is open to all College staff and students. It is housed in a building and has two floors. The LRC is a space for private study and group work. LRC staff support the information and study needs of students, including a Library where books, DVDs, videos, the internet, newspapers, magazines, and career information are available and the Learning Zone, where there are over 20 networked computers.
  • The Play Station College nursery is set within the grounds of the College in a purpose built new building. It offers day-care provision for students, staff and the wider community. Babies and children from 6 weeks to 5 years attend the nursery during term time. During holiday periods children up to the ages of 8 years are accepted.
  • 6 Form Centre is set within the college grounds to provide students with A Level-based courses, which range from a variety of subjects stretching from Arts to Maths & Information Technology.
  • A new building was constructed adjacent to the main college site, it was completed in 2015. The subjects it dedicates to are: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (hence its name, STEM). It also contains 2 floors.
  • A smaller building to the south, named Pathways, has been built for students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties, and includes a swimming pool.
  • The College supports horticulture and gardening, where students can grow various types of plants and flowers on its grounds. There are multiple greenhouses occupied within the gardens.

Marine Training

The college conducts some marine training programs including Boat Construction, Boat Maintenance, and Marine Industry Leadership.[1]


The college hosts students from countries across the world. Successful international students gain Cambridge qualifications and experience living in an English speaking culture.

Student voice

The college has a student voice, which is made up of typically two people from each class, however this number can change as the sizes of the classes. Students attend meetings with the aim of improving life for students at the college.


  • The Isle of Wight County Press 26 June 2009 - new partnership bid to run schools on the Isle of Wight.[1]

External links


  1. ^ Maritime Training Programmes
2004 New Year Honours

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The New Year Honours were announced on 31 December 2003 in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Barbados, Bahamas, Grenada,

Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, and Saint Christopher and Nevis,The recipients of honours are displayed as they were styled before their new honours and arranged by the country (in order of precedence) whose ministers advised The Queen on the appointments, then by honour with grades i.e. Knight/Dame Grand Cross, Knight/Dame Commander etc. and then divisions i.e. Military and Civil, as appropriate.

2010 Birthday Honours

The 2010 Birthday Honours for the Commonwealth realms were announced to celebrate the Queen's Birthday on 7 June 2010 in New Zealand, on 12 June 2010 in the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda, and on 13 June 2010 in Australia.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

2011 Birthday Honours

The Birthday Honours 2011 for the Commonwealth realms were announced on 11 June 2011 in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Barbados, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, and on 13 June 2011 in Australia to celebrate the occasion of the Queen's Official Birthday for 2011.

The recipients of honours are displayed or referred to as they were styled before their new honour and arranged first by country, honour and where appropriate by rank (Knight Grand Cross, Knight Commander etc.) then division (Military, Civil, Overseas or Police list).

Education on the Isle of Wight

Education on the Isle of Wight is provided by local education authority-maintained schools on the Isle of Wight, and independent schools. As a rural community, many of these schools are small, with average numbers of pupils lower than in many urban areas. It was decided on 19 March 2008, in a Whole Council Meeting, that the three-tier system would change into a two tier system. A report into the report on the re-organisation with proposals as to which schools would close was published in May 2008. There is also a college on the Isle of Wight and other less formal educational venues.

Education reforms on the Isle of Wight

Education reforms on the Isle of Wight is part of a process to change the Isle of Wight's education from a three-tier system to a two-tier system. The debate as to how this should occur was first started in 2004, lasting until 2008. Three options were put forward at the start of 2008 as to what kind of education system would be best to move forward with. However, as all included the closure of large numbers of island schools, they produced a negative reaction with many local islanders, resulting in protests occurring in the main towns of Newport, Ryde, Shanklin and Sandown. A final decision was made in May, announcing which schools would be closed. The decision was made based on all three options put forward, instead of going down one definite path. The reforms were first implemented in September 2008, with everything aimed at completion by September 2010.

HM Prison Albany

HMP Isle of Wight – Albany Barracks is a Category B men's prison, situated on the outskirts of Newport on the Isle of Wight, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.

Albany Barracks is located next to Parkhurst, another Male/B prison and together they form HM Prison Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight (; also referred to informally as The Island or abbreviated to IoW) is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between 2 and 5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. The island is designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes. It has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets. The island hosts annual music festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, which in 1970 was the largest rock music event ever held. It has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.

The isle was owned by a Norman family until 1293 and was earlier a kingdom in its own right. In common with the Crown dependencies, the British Crown was then represented on the island by the Governor of the Isle of Wight until 1995. The island has played an important part in the defence of the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, and been near the front-line of conflicts through the ages, including the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Britain. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the growing affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Historically part of Hampshire, the island became a separate administrative county in 1890. It continued to share the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire until 1974, when it was made its own ceremonial county. Apart from a shared police force, there is now no administrative link with Hampshire, although a combined local authority with Portsmouth and Southampton was considered, this is now unlikely to proceed.The quickest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea; three vehicle ferry and two catamaran services cross the Solent to Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

List of further education colleges in England

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List of schools on the Isle of Wight

This is a list of schools on the Isle of Wight, England.

Newport, Isle of Wight

Newport is the county town of the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England. The town is in the civil parish of Newport and Carisbrooke. The civil parish had a population of 23,957 at the time of the 2001 census, which rose to 25,496 at the 2011 census. The town lies slightly to the north of the centre of the Island. It has a quay at the head of the navigable section of the River Medina, which flows northward to Cowes and the Solent.

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