Carisbrooke College

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Carisbrooke College
Carisbrooke College Logo.png
Motto Aspire and Achieve
Type Foundation school
Head Teacher Mr Peter Shaw
Chair of Governors Mr Terence Hart
Location Mountbatten Drive
Isle of Wight
PO30 5QU
EnglandEngland Coordinates: 50°41′51″N 1°18′54″W / 50.69755°N 1.314928°W / 50.69755; -1.314928
Local authority Isle of Wight
DfE URN 136012 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff ~200 (full-time)
Students TBC
Gender Male / Female
Ages 11–19
Colours Blue
Website Carisbrooke College

Carisbrooke College is a foundation trust-supported secondary school in Carisbrooke on the Isle of Wight, formerly Carisbrooke High School. There are 1,360 students on roll, including 250 sixth form students who are based at the Island Innovation VI Form Campus, in the centre of Newport.


Originally Carisbrooke Grammar School - motto 'Turris Tutissima Virtus' (virtue is the safest fortress) - the school become a comprehensive in 1971, and changed its name to Carisbrooke High School. It taught boys and girls from the ages of 13 to 18.

As part of the reorganisation of the education system on the Isle of Wight that occurred in 2010/11, Island Innovation Trust (formerly Medina Innovation Trust), was successful in its bid against Academies Enterprise Trust and Innovative Schools to take over the school. In September 2011, the school reopened as Carisbrooke College, with the age range extended to Year 7 to Year 13 (having previously been from Year 9 upwards). It is now one of eight secondary providers on the Isle of Wight, with the school in a hard federation with Medina College.


As Carisbrooke High School the school was made a Sports College. The sports facilities on site include a flood-lit multi-weather pitch, indoor sports hall, gymnasium (the 'East Gym'), extensive playing fields, basketball courts, squash courts, tennis courts, netball courts and two fitness suites. Other facilities at the school include two halls (the 'Main Hall' and the 'West Hall'), a large drama studio, ten science laboratories, extensive facilities for art and design technology, and a cafeteria.

The main school site is situated on the outskirts of Carisbrooke village and occupies an area of 24 acres. The school shares a 6th form campus with Medina College on the former Nodehill Middle School site in the centre of Newport.


The house system during the school's time as Carisbrooke High School, consisted of three houses named Citius, Altius and Fortius after the Olympic motto, reflecting the school's Sports College status. Carisbrooke is now a specialist Science College, with a focus on science and health, and so the tutor groups are now named after famous scientists. They are: Baird, Descartes, Euclid, Hahn, Kepler, Pauling, Raman, Schrödinger and Yalow.

From 2007, a vertical tutor group system was in place at Carisbrooke High School, with each tutor group made up of five to nine pupils from each year group (Year 9 to Year 11), plus two or more sixth formers from both the Upper and Lower Sixth. Each tutor group was assigned to a house. In September 2011, when the school became Carisbrooke College, it was decided that the tutor groups should be made up of pupils from a single year group, as had been the case before 2007.


The 2012 GCSE pass rate for the school was 32.5% 5+ A*-C (including English and Maths). The A Level pass rate was 97.8%, with 67% achieving A* to C. [1][2][3]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  • Richard Cornall, Professor of Immunology, University of Oxford
  • Derek Elsom, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University
  • Simon J McQueen-Mason, Professor of Biology, University of York
  • Nick Rich, organisational management expert and Associate Dean, Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Arts and Media




External links[edit]


  1. ^ "GCSE results issued for the Isle of Wight". Isle of Wight Council. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Isle of Wight A-level results released". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Overall A-Level results issued for the Isle of Wight". Isle of Wight Council. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Player profile: Danny Briggs". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Player profile: Tom Friend". Retrieved 29 July 2012.