Admissions, the new school and appeals.
It has been wonderful for us to meet so many parents across the Island in the past year. Here are some of the questions that we are often asked. If you have a question for us, then please get in contact and we would be pleased to help. Any information that you provide will be treated in strict confidence.
You need to apply to us – and apply to your local authority (that’s the Isle of Wight Council, if you live on the Island). Take the first step and apply online here or download an application form and return it to us. If you would like us to send you a paper copy of the form, then please get in contact.
On the admission form, check the box asking for your child to be considered under the musical aptitude criterion, and you will be informed of the dates for the test.
Free schools are new state schools. They are free to attend, but they are also free from politicians’ control. They have the freedom to choose their own curriculum, set their own term dates and pay and conditions for staff, and control how their budget is spent. They are free to operate according to what local parents want and local pupils need.
The Island Free School offers a fully academic curriculum with all students studying for the English Baccalaureate. Every student in key stage 3 studies Latin as a pre-cursor to learning a modern language. The school ensures that all students are given the opportunity to play a musical instrument in Key Stage 3 and that they have the opportunity to continue playing an instrument in Key Stage 4. We have a longer school day than the other local schools, which incorporates one hour of extra-curricular activities. During this time students engage in sports, creative and community activities with the opportunity for independent study in Key Stage 4.
The Island Free School is based in Ventnor. We are currently in our “starter home”, in lower Ventnor, and will move to our new purpose built school, in upper Ventnor, during 2017. For more information, please click here.
We employ a team of dedicated staff who share our vision and commitment to providing the best education possible. The size of the school ensures that all pupils are seen as individual members of the school community. We expect continual parental involvement in the life of the school.
No, the current application process ensures that only ‘not for profit’ organisations can apply to open free schools. If this legislation changes in the future, The Island Free School will continue to be run as a not for profit organisation.
We will try very hard to accommodate all students who would like to attend. However if the school is heavily over-subscribed, as many Free Schools are, then we may ask you to go on a waiting list. You can also appeal to an independent appeals panel.