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Ryde Academy Is On The Up

Ryde Academy has made huge strides since the appointment of its Principal Joy Ballard in September 2015. This progress was recently confirmed by a successful Ofsted inspection where Ryde Academy was rated as ‘Good’ following years of ‘Requiring Improvement’.

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Millie O'Conner Island Story

Spotlight falls on Millie O’Connell…

A BEACON SPECIAL INTERVIEW

After graduating from the world- renowned Laine Theatre Arts College in Epsom, Millie, from Shanklin, not only won a place in the ensemble of ‘42nd Street’ in a top Paris theatre, but was also given the role of understudy to leading lady Peggy Sawyer

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Sarah’s Super Return

A BEACON SPECIAL INTERVIEW

Sarah Jackson is a true inspiration for any Isle of Wight youngster looking to build a successul career. Sarah went to the mainland to become a Police Constable, and has now returned to the Island as one of our most important and influential citizens. Sarah Jackson admits that when she was growing up on the Island she was not sure which career path she wanted to take, until she finally decided the police force would help her fulfil her aims and ambitions.  However, when she moved to the mainland to become a Constable in August 1989, she could not have envisaged that she would ultimately return to the Island in the prestigious position of Superintendent Sarah Jackson.

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War Veteran Bert – one of the lucky ones!

A BEACON SPECIAL INTERVIEW

Second World War veteran Bert Earley describes himself as ‘one of the lucky ones’, and when he talks about his war-time trips journey around Britain, repairing vital aircraft under the constant threat of German bombing raids, it is easy to see why! Bert, born, brought up and still living in Cowes, is now 96, and the second eldest of four brothers, three of whom served their country during the war. Eldest brother Frank recently celebrated his 100th birthday; George has sadly passed away, as has Ron, the youngest, who did his National Service after the war ended.

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