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The Bay CE Primary School in Sandown is ready for the challenge ahead of becoming an all-through school, especially after receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating in a recent inspection.

Governors of the The Bay CE Primary School met on 12th December to ratify a commitment to extend and develop the school to meet the educational needs of the community, up to and including the age of 16. The meeting marked the end of a 6 week consultation period, that supported plans for retaining secondary education for Sandown.

Representatives from the The Bay CE Primary School then met with representatives of the Isle of Wight Council on 14th December to discuss the consultation report findings and the business case put forward to support the transition. A decision was then taken by the Council to recommend: ‘that The Bay CE Primary School should become a 4-16 all-through CE school, through the utilisation of the Sandown Bay Academy site, with effect from 1st September 2018’.

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Duncan Mills, Executive Headteacher said:

“We welcome the Isle of Wight Council’s decision and appreciate its confidence in the values of our school and further recognises our capacity to extend education in this way. Like all parents, we want our Year 6 pupils to have the opportunity to progress on to Year 11 within their community.

“It has been an enormously positive week for the school as this decision comes in the same week as we received the results of our latest SIAMS inspection. Such a timely endorsement gives me and my colleagues a great deal of encouragement about the school and its future”.

The SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection took place on the 21st November 2017, judging the The Bay CE Primary School to be ‘outstanding’, recognising its progress from the ‘good’ result that the school achieved in 2012.

The report praised the work of the senior team and the school staff.

Rev. Ian Lovell, Chair of Governors is delighted with these latest findings:

“We have every reason to be very pleased with our latest inspection. It shows our continued improvement and that we enjoy the support of parents who appreciate our school’s distinctive ethos, vision and values.”

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