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Island school set to go back into special measures

A troubled secondary school on the Isle of Wight which is facing an uncertain future received another blow today with the publication of a damning Ofsted report.

Sandown Bay Academy is now set to go back into special measures after inspectors criticised the running of the school and levels of achievement.

The report said that:

  • Pupils have been let down in the quality of education they receive for too long.
  • Inconsistencies in teaching mean the pace of learning overall is too slow.
  • Too many pupils are persistently absent

And it highlighted turbulent leadership and a loss of confidence in the academy chain running the school.

The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) who are in charge said it's aware of the school's issues - as well as its strengths - and will address any weaknesses identified in the report.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Christine Alsford reports.



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Thousands head to Isle of Wight Festival

Thousands of people are heading to the Isle of Wight for the first of this season's music festivals.

Rain and heavy wind caused some problems for those trying to put up their tents.

But as Andrew Pate found out, the lure of big stars like Rod Stewart meant everyone was in high spirits.

Andrew spoke to the festival organiser, John Giddings.


Music fans say Bestival is best of all

Thousands of music fans are attending Bestival Credit: ITV

Forty thousand people are attending Bestival on the Isle of Wight this weekend.

Bestival is located on The Robin Country park site, and festival-goers are being encouraged to keep the site as clean as possible by recycling what they can.

The festival opened on Thursday 8th September and there will be music from The Cure, Fatboy Slim and Bastille over the weekend.

Fans will have to leave the site by 2pm on Monday 12th September when the clean-up will begin.

Music fans arrive for Bestival

It's the last festival of the summer and the most colourful. Forty thousand people have arrived on the isle of Wight for 'Bestival'.

Some of them chose a slightly unusual way to arrive - swimming across the Solent. Mary Stanley reports.

Walker narrowly escapes landslide

Dramatic footage has been captured of a cliff fall on the Isle of Wight - when tonnes of earth plummeted onto a popular beach.

The landslip happened at the headland between Compton Bay and Brook Bay. No-one was injured, but it's prompted a warning from coastguards to take care when walking near that section of cliffs. Dave Russell reports.

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