UPDATE (04.01.2021):

In light of the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation this evening and the National Restrictions which are now in place. All three Isle of Wight Education Federation schools, Carisbrooke College, Medina College and The Island VI Form will be closed to all students apart from Vulnerable students, students with an EHCP and children of critical workers. All other students will be accessing remote education. 

The Government have said that

  • remote education be prioritised for pupils in exam year groups (primarily years 11 and 13) during the week commencing 4 January
  • remote education being provided for all other pupils from 11 January,

This will be delivered via Google Classroom. All students have had lessons this term in how to access this online learning.

Full details about the return and the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing that is being rolled out, can be found in the letters and attachments in the ‘Useful Documents’ on the right hand side of this page – all titled – ‘January 2021 – …’ 



As well as additional and more frequent cleaning across all sites, some of the measures we have implemented include: 

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water/use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Wear face coverings when not in a classroom inside the buildings.
  • Maintain social distancing wherever possible, including two metres from staff.
  • Keep rooms well ventilated.


  • Year groups remain in bubbles and are based in a particular area of the school. Staff move to the students for lessons. 
  • Year group bubbles have designated entry and exit points. 
  • Year group bubbles have staggered break and lunch times to ensure that there is no mixing.
  • There is no breakfast club and students are asked not to arrive before 8.45 am. 
  • After school clubs are temporarily suspended. 
  • Students must be prepared with appropriate stationery and equipment as the use of shared resources is being limited. 

If your child has: 

  • a high temperature
  • a continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if the child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss of taste and smell

Please arrange for your child to self-isolate and contact Coronavirus NHS for further advice and to book a test. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 then please do let their school know. 

Please follow the Government Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection

If your child is unwell with other symptoms such as sore throat, earache, stomach ache, runny nose, skin rashes, or a winter related illness such as norovirus with vomiting and diarrhoea, then please check NHS 111 online health condition advice, and contact your local pharmacy or GP if you need further help.