|Motto||Aspire and Achieve|
|Head Teacher||Mr Peter Shaw|
|Chair of Governors||Mr Terence Hart|
Isle of Wight
|Local authority||Isle of Wight|
|DfE URN||136012 Tables|
|Gender||Male / Female|
|Houses||Poseidon, Zeus, Athena, Demeter, Apollo|
Carisbrooke College is a foundation trust-supported secondary school in Carisbrooke on the Isle of Wight, formerly Carisbrooke High School. There are 1,250 students on roll, including 250 sixth form students who are based at the Island Innovation 6th Form Campus, in Newport.
The history of Carisbrooke College dates from 1907, when its forerunner, Newport County Secondary Grammar School, was opened on Upper St James Street, Newport. The new school was situated on the site of the pre-existing Newport Technical Institute and Seely Library, both having been built with the support of Sir Charles Seely. The original school houses were named after famous men with Island connections: Tennyson, Swinburn, Arnold and Faraday. The school's motto was 'Turris Tutissima Virtus' (Virtue is the Safest Fortress).
In 1957-58, the school moved from its premises on St James Street, Newport, to a new purpose-built site in nearby Carisbrooke. The school changed its name to Carisbrooke Grammar School. On the same site a separate school was built, called Priory Boys Secondary Modern School.
The Carisbrooke Grammar School complex included a main block with classrooms, a staff room, senior master's/mistress's offices and a tuck shop. Connected to this block were an acoustically designed assembly hall/auditorium (complete with raised stage) and a fully equipped gymnasium with changing rooms. There was a separate science block in which physics, chemistry, biology, technical drawing and domestic science were taught. A single-storey craft block was included for woodwork and metalwork classes. A few years after opening, an outdoor swimming pool was added to enhance the existing sports facilities.
The first headmaster of Carisbrooke Grammar School was Stanley G. Ward B.A., presiding over an initial staff compliment of 41. The four school houses (this time named after famous Isle of Wight residences) were Farringford (blue), Mottistone (green), Osborne (red), and Wolverton (yellow).
Change occurred again in 1971, when the Isle of Wight moved to a comprehensive education system. This resulted in Carisbrooke Grammar School merging with its neighbour, Priory Boys Secondary Modern School, to become Carisbrooke High School.
The Isle of Wight reorganised its education system again in 2010-11. As a result, Island Innovation Trust (formerly Medina Innovation Trust), took over responsibility for 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.
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 Upper St James Street, Newport, on the former Nodehill Middle School site (the same site where the school began life in 1907 as Newport County Secondary Grammar School).
The school has extensive sports facilities, including several rugby pitches, football and hockey pitches, a flood-lit astroturf pitch, basketball courts, squash courts, tennis courts, netball courts, two fitness suites, an indoor sports hall, and a gymnasium. 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 house system at Carisbrooke College consists of five houses named after Greek gods: Poseidon, Zeus, Athena, Demeter and Apollo.
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 school's recent exam results are listed below:
|Year||GCSE A*-C||A Level points|
Notable former pupils
- Richard Cornall, Professor of Immunology, University of Oxford
- Derek Elsom, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Oxford Brookes University
- Simon J McQueen-Mason, Professor of Biology, University of York
- Nick Rich, Professor of Operations Management at Swansea University School of Management, and former Chief Engineer for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Medal Programme at The Royal Mint.
Arts and Media
- Philip Ball, award-winning science author
- Lucie Cave, editor of Heat magazine
- Colin Carmichael, actor
- Anne Davies, journalist and BBC presenter
- William "Bill" Foulk, co-founder of the original series of Isle of Wight Music Festivals (1968, 1969 and 1970)
- Will Gould, television and film producer (Ripper Street, Public Enemies, The Deep, As If)
- Suri Krishnamma, BAFTA nominated film director
- Donna Langley, Chair of Universal Pictures, named one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women
- Martin Swan RSMA, marine artist
- David Thorpe, actor and narrator
- John Barwick MBE, banker and former Deputy Commonwealth President, Royal Life Saving Society UK
- Peter Upton CMG, Country Director, British Council Pakistan (Priory Boys Secondary Modern School)
- Duncan Shipley-Dalton, politician
- Danny Briggs, England cricketer
- Keegan Brown, professional darts player
- James Forman, GB 400m runner 
- Tom Friend, cricketer
- Johnny Fryer, British surfing champion
- Adam Hose, MCC cricketer
- Darren Mew, Olympic swimmer
- Terence Parsons, former Royal Engineer turned sailor. Atlantic Ocean Yacht Race crew member
- Gareth Williams, former Aston Villa footballer
- "Isle of Wight School merger plan recommended". BBC News.
- "Isle of Wight School merger plan voted down at meeting". BBC News.
- "Player profile: Danny Briggs". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
- "Player profile: Tom Friend". www.mccuniversities.org. Retrieved 29 July 2012.