Hello, I live (part time) on the west side of the island. I don't know much about Ryde school as it's about an hour each way from my house.
I think the east side of the island is much busier than the west. It can be quite bleak in, say, January when the weather is awful and Blackgang Chine / Robin Hill / most other attractions are closed for the winter. However, it is glorious in the summer.
Thank you. We are contemplating a move there (to help care for an ageing friend) so are just trying to suss out things like schooling. Have spent a lot of time on the Island but obviously living there - in January as you mention - is a whole different ball game.
You only bother with Ryde School if you can't get into Christ the (Cost) King school & have the money to spare. We've stayed on the mainland due to the state of Island schools. However, if you're bright you should do well regardless (speaking with a professor & another with numerous Oxbridge degrees in the family, all originally from IOW failing state schools).