The Bay CE Primary School in Sandown has appointed a new leadership team, as it prepares to becoming an all-through school.

The new Head of School Nick Cousins will work alongside Primary Head of School Sharon Johnson, and under the direction of Executive Headteacher Duncan Mills when the school begins delivering education for 11-16 years in September.

Nick is currently the Assistant Headteacher at Portchester Community School, and has more than 20 years experience within education, having worked in some “challenging” situations.

Nick said:

“Having been brought up on the south coast I know the Isle of Wight really well and growing up I was able to see Ryde from my bedroom window. My aim is to provide the community with a school that they can once again be proud of and more importantly it is essential that the children of Sandown are provided with the high quality education that they deserve.”

He added:

“To have the opportunity to create an all-through school in Sandown will be fantastic for the children and is a great challenge. With the support of the passionate community, I have no doubt it is the start of a new chapter that will lead to success.”

Duncan Mills commented:

“Getting my senior team in place is a vital first step towards achieving success for The Bay CE School. Recruiting a head of Nick’s calibre is a real milestone.”