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Welcome to Five Islands Academy. We serve the island communities of Bryher, St Agnes, St Martin's, St Mary's and Tresco, educating students from 4-16. We have small primary bases on St Agnes, St Martin's and Tresco and a large base located on St Mary's for both primary and secondary students. Primary children who live on Bryher boat daily to Tresco for schooling. All secondary age students attend school on St Mary's; those who live on off islands boat and board weekly, staying in Mundesley House which offers a home-from-home arrangement. Class sizes are small, particularly in secondary, and the pastoral provision is exceptional. 


We are a forward-thinking, inclusive academy that is proud to serve our local community. Our pioneering work in developing a conceptual 4-16 curriculum is transforming teaching and learning and we are making increasingly creative use of our outdoor environment to inspire and engage students. Primary children are taught mainly on their bases, in mixed age classes, but on Collaboration Friday Years 3-6 come together to learn in individual year groups and make use of specialist facilities. Primary learning is divided into blocks of terms or half terms, driven by shared topics and working collaboratively across bases. In secondary, learning is divided into four 'quadmesters', each lasting nine weeks and culminating in a Project Week (secondary) where students can work collaboratively to find out more about areas both within and outside the curriculum. 


We are proud of the progress our students make over their time at FIA. Our Progress 8 scores have been above the national average in both 2019 (0.31) and 2018 (0.86). Over the past three years, 85% of our students have gained GCSE passes in both English and Maths, where the national average has been 63%, with an average grade across all subjects of 5.7 against a national average of 4.7. Many students leave with outstanding results across a range of subjects, particularly in English, Maths, Humanities, Science, Design Technology and Engineering. Our 2020 and 2021 Leavers worked extremely hard to achieve excellent Centre Assessed Grades, reflecting impressive progress through their Five Islands Academy learning journey; please click here to see the headline figures for this year. We are also delighted that our 2021 Teacher Assessments for our Key Stage 2 students progressing into Year 7 show 81% achieving at or above the Expected Standard for their age in Reading, Writing and Mathematics: this is +2% above the national average. Initial Fischer Family Trust analysis of 2022 GCSE grades at Five Islands Academy show a very high progress estimate of +0.8, with an average GCSE grade for our students of 5.2 in contrast to 4.8 nationally.


We are a proud founder member of the Leading Edge Academies Partnership and our shared Trust values of Excellence, Evolution, and Equity underpin everything that we are and do. As a Church of England VC school we turn our focus to the key attributes of dignity, wisdom and hope by working with and for our close and supportive community. We build relationships with one another through powerful restorative practices. 


If you would like to know more, or would like to visit us, please contact or call 01720 424850. Our facilities are outstanding and we will offer you a warm welcome.