THE Island Free School, which is to open next September, has appointed its headteacher.
Heading the school, which is likely to be in the Ventnor area, will be Steph Boyd, who is a senior leader at Carisbrooke College.
Although Mr Boyd was involved in setting up the school, he took a step back from this once it was known the Department for Education funding of £300,000 would be available to establish the free school and he was a candidate to be headteacher.
Island auctioneer Warren Riches, who took over from Mr Boyd as project group leader and is chair of governors, said an interviewing panel that included an Ofsted inspector interviewed three candidates.
Mr Boyd will take up the post on January 1.
Mr Riches said negotiations were underway to site the school in a former school building for one year. They would then build a multi-million pound new school on a site in the area, using government money from the Free Schools Network.
"It will be a very different school, based on the old grammar schools with emphasis on the core curriculum, a longer school day with an hour spent on enrichment subjects such as music or drama. Parents will have a much bigger involvement in curriculum, uniform and the planning of the building," he said.
It will start with 125 pupils, rising to 650, from the ages of 11 to 16.
A consultation on the concept of an Island Free School is to take place at the Riverside Centre on Saturday, from 9am to 1pm, followed by an open evening on October 21.
For more information visit www.theislandfreeschool.org