Cowes Enterprise College

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Location: Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 19 years

About Cowes Enterprise College


Rachel Kitley

Cowes Enterprise College is a non-denominational, non-selective secondary school with a Sixth Form, welcoming girls and boys from all backgrounds from the lsle of Wight community.  This is a time of great innovation and forward thinking at Cowes Enterprise College.   We are making rapid progress towards providing first-rate provision for our community and to achieve this we continue to grow our talented staff team. 

Our Academy currently has over 1000 students on roll. In October 2017 we received a Good Ofsted rating across all categories and with a plan to become a Teaching School in place, we are now set to go from strength to strength. Our outcomes are fast improving and are now at national average; we are ambitious for our students and expect our results to continue to rise year on year. Cowes Enterprise College is located just a few minutes walk from the red jet fast service passenger ferry terminal, meaning that we are located within easy commuting distance of the mainland.

We are fortunate to have cutting edge facilities here. Our building itself is only 3 Years old and is purpose built and highly inspirational. Subject areas have suites of rooms each based around a large ‘inspiration space’ for break out work. The building has been designed to enable some flexibility in the arrangement of rooms and many can be joined together to create larger teaching spaces. There is generous provision of specialist spaces, with workshops, art rooms, computer suites, music and media rooms (including three fully fitted Apple Mac rooms), a dance/fitness studio and science laboratories. There is also a catering kitchen classroom and two full-sized sports halls.

The academy sits in spacious grounds with a mixture of grass sports pitches, surfaced sports areas and landscaped grounds. The upper floors of the academy have unrivalled views across the Solent from Portsmouth to Beaulieu. At the heart of the community sits our atrium, a very large main inspiration space.

The safety and wellbeing of students are of paramount importance for us at the Academy and our pastoral system is designed to ensure each individual child has both the support and guidance that they need throughout their learning time with us. We actively encourage students to develop the key skills of teamwork, communication and respect in all that they do. We strive every day to create an education that sees the young people of Cowes and the community beyond get the very best, not just in an academic sense but also in developing the skill set, confidence, attitudes and aspirations that will provide the catalyst for sustained success throughout their lives.

Staff benefits include:

  • On-site staff parking
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Free eye tests for VDU users
  • Annual flu jabs offered
  • Corporate gym membership through 1Leisure
  • Free tea and coffee in the large staff room and use of department workrooms

Ofsted report - Rated 'Good' October 2017

“The principal and her team are dedicated to ensuring that pupils reach their full potential. They leave no stone unturned in their determination to remove barriers to learning and raise standards of achievement. They make effective checks on the quality of teaching, and on the progress that pupils make. Teachers benefit from high quality training, much of it led by teachers themselves, as well as by officers from the Ormiston Academies Trust. As a result, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is now good and continues to improve”.

View Cowes Enterprise College’s latest Ofsted report

Living on the Island

Residing approximately three miles from the South Coast of mainland Britain, the Isle of Wight is a uniquely beautiful community. Recognised as the host of some of the most iconic activities in the European summer event catalogue, the Island, as it is known to residents, offers a wealth of opportunities for people of all ages, to live and work where ‘quality of life’ really means something. With a low crime rate, accessible housing costs and excellent transport links it is a truly unique place to live. Karl Marx hit the nail on the head when he called the Island ‘a little paradise’.

The Isle of Wight measures 23 miles by 13 miles and is littered with picturesque villages and bustling small towns. Cowes itself, hosts a series of major yachting events throughout the rest of the year along with the yachting world’s premier sailing event in August – Cowes Week which attracts over 8000 competitors from around the world as well as 100,000 spectators and one of the best firework displays on the closing evening. If sailing is for you then this is the place to be. There are numerous sailing clubs giving lessons and marinas to moor the yacht of your dreams.

The isle of Wight also boasts 500 miles of footpaths, 30 miles of coastline and award winning beaches so there are no excuses for not getting out and about to get fit and see some stunning scenery! There are also numerous golf courses including the 9 hole course at historic Osborne House and the spectacular course overlooking Freshwater Bay. As well as all of these activities, the Island has a very artistic leaning. In addition to the internationally famous Isle of Wight Music Festival, we have a flourishing amateur and professional acting scene, art galleries, theatres, comedy clubs and arts centres and play host to the Ventnor Fringe as well as the Literary Festival which attracts authors from around the world.

Cowes hosts both a passenger and car ferry terminal and the Academy is only a 10 minute walk from the Red Funnel high-speed passenger service.  This service between West Cowes and Southampton links with London Waterloo trains with an average journey time between the Isle of Wight and the capital of only 125 minutes. Vehicle ferries go from nearby East Cowes with further services running from Ryde and Yarmouth.

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Address: Part of Ormiston Academies Trust, Crossfield Avenue, Cowes, PO31 8HB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1983 203103