Medina College

For other uses, see Medina College (disambiguation).
Medina College
Motto Aspire and Achieve
Established 1976
Type Foundation school
Head Teacher Karen Begley
Chair of Governors Terence Hart
Location Fairlee Road
Isle of Wight
PO30 2DX
Coordinates: 50°42′40″N 1°16′57″W / 50.711111°N 1.2825°W / 50.711111; -1.2825
Local authority Isle of Wight
DfE number 921/4030
DfE URN 136010 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 985 (school) 245 (sixth form)
Gender Male / Female
Ages 11–19
Colours Green
Website Medina College

Medina College is a foundation trust-supported secondary school in Newport on the Isle of Wight, formerly Medina High School.


Medina High School was founded in 1976 on the current site. By the 1990s, the school suffered from a falling roll and finances, with Richard Williams brought in as head in 2002, the fifth head in 2 years. In 2004, blazers were reintroduced to replace polo and sweatshirts, with procedures from a number of schools include troubled school in Birmingham introduces to help discipline.[1] In 2008, the school was deemed "Outstanding" in an Ofsted inspection.[2] The longest serving teacher was Crispin Keith.

In September 2008, the school decided to pursue trust status, becoming a foundation school on 3 February 2009 and also a trust school, with partners University of Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust, the Quarr Group, Solo Agency and Quay Arts.[3][4] The school also introduced International Baccalaureate courses.

As part of the reorganisation of the education system on the Isle of Wight, Island Innovation Trust (formerly Medina Innovation Trust), formed by the school's trust, was successful in their bid against Academies Enterprise Trust and again Island Innovation Trust without a hard federation to take over the school. In 2011, the school opened with the age range extended to Year 7 to Year 13. It is now one of 5 secondary providers on the Isle of Wight, with the school in a hard federation with Carisbrooke College.

In January 2010, the current head Richard Williams announced he would be stepping down no later than Easter and moving on to become principal of an academy school in Kent, partly influenced by the school's re-organisation.[5]

As Medina High School, the school was made a specialist Arts College and received the Artsmark gold award in 2007.[6] The school has won medals in local and national trampolining competitions including the British Schools Trampolining Competition in March 2009.[7][8] Also, Medina took part in the White Air extreme sports festival held at Yaverland.[9]

The school shares a 6th Form Campus with Carisbrooke College on the former Nodehill Middle School site, known as Island Innovation VI Form Campus.

The 2012 pass rates for the school were 32.5% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths for GCSE and 97.8% pass rate with 67% A* to C for A Level at Island Innovation VI, run by the college with Carisbrooke.[10][11][12]

Until his death on 18 March 2008, Anthony Minghella served as the school's patron.[13]

On 1 September 2014, Nathan Thomas left his post as head teacher of the school.


The Medina Leisure Centre and Medina Theatre
Former Medina High School Logo

The school has the Medina Leisure Centre on-site, which houses a gym, climbing wall, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, a sports hall and the Medina Theatre. However, students are only allowed to use the majority of these facilities during lessons such as drama and physical education. [14]


The main entrance when it was known as Medina High School
The school during an 'Arts Blast' week

Fusion was a quarterly magazine produced by students at the school, targeting young people across the island and distributed islandwide. It was first published in summer 2007 as part of the school's 'Arts Blast' week and contained a documentary of the Isle of Wight Festival. 5 issues were published, with the first two issues supported by Creative Partnerships. The magazine was free and relied on advertising revenue from Island businesses.[15]


  1. "Isle of Wight County Press – "Trust is the key in head's big plan"". Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  2. "Medina High School News – "OUTSTANDING"". Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  3. "Isle of Wight County Press – "Medina High plan for charitable trust"". Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  4. "Isle of Wight County Press – "IW gets first trust school"". Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  5. "Heads set to leave". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  6. "Artsmark – Awarded Schools, awards database". 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  7. "Medina bounce to GB finals". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  8. "School jumps to British gold". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  9. "White Air events report 2007". Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  10. "GCSE results issued for the Isle of Wight". Isle of Wight Council. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  11. "Isle of Wight A-level results released". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  12. "Overall A-Level results issued for the Isle of Wight". Isle of Wight Council. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  13. "Isle of Wight County Press – "Minghellla backs Arts College bid"". Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  14. "Medina Theatre – About". 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  15. "Isle of Wight County Press – Magazine Hopes For Fusion With Business". 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
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