Christ the King College, Isle of Wight

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Christ the King College
Christ the King College upper campus.JPG
Motto Via Veritas Vita
Established 2008
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Church of England/
Roman Catholic
Head Teacher Mrs Pat Goodhead
Chair of Governors Mr D Lisseter
Location Wellington Road
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
PO30 5QT
England England Coordinates: 50°41′39″N 1°18′38″W / 50.6941°N 1.3105°W / 50.6941; -1.3105
Local authority Isle of Wight
DfE number 921/4604
DfE URN 135552 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff Over 250 employed
Students <4000
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–17
Houses Stevenson, Lisseter, Ratcliff, Hollis
Colours Purple, Silver, Gold

Christ the King College, is a joint Church of England and Catholic Secondary School & Sixth Form college located in Newport on the Isle of Wight. It was created in September 2008 by amalgamating two older schools, Archbishop King Middle School (Catholic)and Trinity Middle School (Church of England). As such, the school is on two separate campuses, both located close to each other on Wellington Road. The school now takes students from years 7 to 13 after its plans to extend the age range and become a Christian and Catholic High School.[1]


The school was formed on 1 September 2008,when two middle schools on Wellington Road, Archbishop King (Catholic)and Trinity (C of E)merged. This was done in line with education reforms currently being implemented to schools across the island.[2]

The desire to expand beyond the current age range of 9–13 years was first registered in December 2004, shortly after a new headteacher, Pat Goodhead was appointed. In 2006, after "outstanding Ofsted inspections for Trinity" and the need for a new headteacher for Archbishop King, a joint Governing Body committee was formed and Goodhead was appointed Headteacher of both Trinity and Archbishop King. Amalgamation of the two schools moved on as there were positive responses from all involved, including clergy, parents and staff, which was confirmed during an official review. The school were fully amalgamated in September 2008, resulting in the closure of Trinity and Archbishop King middle schools.[3][4]

Following the new launch, an opening ceremony was held in October 2008.[5]

In the college's first academic year (2008-2009)it accommodated from the original school year ranges of both schools, 5-8. The next year the range increased by 1 to include a year 9 and the school took in a new year 5 (this was the College's final whole year intake until 2012). Each year until 2013 a new higher year was added to the College's age range. At the beginning of the college's academic year 2013-2014 it had reached its goal to become a full secondary school and sixth form. As the lowest year progressed to the consecutive years above them the lower years they had finished were removed from the college's range. It was unique in the United Kingdom in accommodating these age ranges, a reflection of its transformational status from middle to high school.


The College is based on two separate campuses each in close proximity to each other on Wellington road, with one accommodating the younger students and the other for older students. The sites are called Lower College and upper college, respectively. As part of the college's ongoing expansion plans, the College took delivery of a new batch of classrooms to include Science, Art and Design and Technology facilities; In addition, a new multi-use games area (MUGA)was put in place on the field of the Upper College site, which replaces the playground on which the new sports hall now stands. Construction for the new Sixth form accommodation was completed by September 2013 after a long delay in the planning and building process. Funding has also recently been secured by the College for a complete rebuild as part of the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme.[6]

Sixth Form History[edit]

The Sixth Form centre was officially opened in a service led by the Right Reverend Philip Egan, Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth and the Right Reverend Christopher Foster, the Church of England’s Bishop of Portsmouth.[7] The service began in the sports hall attended by the secondary years and staff, which was followed by a procession to the Sixth Form centre for the second half of the service, which was attended by the Sixth Form students and staff. The Centre was blessed and officially opened by the 2 bishops. The service also included the investiture of the principal as a Dame of the Papal Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great.

Papal Honour[edit]

In September 2013 it was announced that the Principal of the College was to be presented with a Papal Honour for her services to the Catholic Church in education. The award was presented by the Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, Bishop Philip Egan on the 11th of December 2013 in the service for the opening of the sixth form. Mrs Goodhead was made a Dame of the Papal Equestrian order of St Gregory the Great.

Examination & Inspection Results[edit]

Ofsted inspectors who visited the school in November 2009 praised the progress that had been made since its opening the year before rating it good overall, although it lacked some key points including how they deal with bullying and racial discrimination. The 2012 pass rates for the school, in its first year of results, were 77.1% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths for GCSE.[8]

Primary School Leadership[edit]

[9] At the start of the new academic year, beginning September 2013, Christ the King college will assume Governance of Newport CE Primary School,as an initiative to bring the Primary school out of Special Measures, which the school was put into after a recent Ofsted inspection. Pat Goodhead, principal of Christ the King College will assume the post of Executive Leadership and Support at Newport C of E. On behalf of the board of governors of the primary school Mr Andy Rolf stated : "The school will come under the leadership of Christ the King College. The acting headteacher will be Mr Seaward, a very experienced senior leader, with Mrs Goodhead providing executive leadership and support. We believe this new partnership will bring benefits to both Newport CE Primary and Christ the King College and enable our school to make continued rapid progress in the months ahead." [10]


[11] On Friday, 21 June 2013 a male member of staff was arrested at the school of suspicion of abusing their position of trust. A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said:

“We can confirm a 36-year-old man was arrested at Christ the King College in Carisbrooke near Newport on the Isle of Wight on Friday, 21 June on suspicion of abusing a position of trust. “He was questioned at Newport Police Station by detectives and bailed until September 2013 pending further inquiries.

Christ the King had no further comment to add as of now.