January 10th, 2012

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Growing up on the Isles of Scilly

I'm looking for any information on what it's like to grow up on the Isles of Scilly, preferably in the late 80s and early-mid 90s. There are a few things I'm particularly interested in:

1. Secondary education. Schooling on the islands is now provided by one federated school, Five Islands School, but I know that in the 90s these schools were all separate. Which one was the secondary school and where was it based? Where would pupils pursue education over the age of 16? I'm also interested to know more about the old school building, which was apparently a "rambling old building built on a rocky outcrop."

2. Would it be possible to feel isolated as a child? The characters are two sisters, home-schooled until the age of 13. Their mother runs a guest house but it's fairly isolated from the rest of the community, and they don't mix with the other local children. Is there a particular island that would be best suited to this purpose? How difficult is travelling around and between the islands? Would there be a bus service?

3. What is the LGBTQ* community like? 

4. And anything about the general atmosphere and feel of living on the Isles of Scilly. I'm familiar with the landscape and feel of Cornwall and Devon, but not Scilly. Does it feel detached from the mainland? Is there any particular slang or way of speaking? What's the accent like?

Research: the local council website, simplysilly.co.uk, scillyonline.co.uk, several newspapers articles. Googled: growing up on the scilly isles, living on the isles of scilly, life on scilly, childhood scilly, etc.