The proposals aim to ensure there are the right number of secondary school and post-16 A level places in the right locations to meet the needs of current and future pupils. The purpose of the consultation is to get the views of parents, young people, the wider community and education providers on the best way to organise education provision to ensure that the attainment and future life chances of the Island’s young people are as good as possible.
The proposals are all based on detailed and robust school places planning data and pupil number projections. The data includes all publicly-funded schools, including the places that are provided by the Island Free School and Studio School.
A detailed consultation document with background information and the full list of proposals can be viewed on the council’s website by going to www.iwight.com/schools from 17:00 on 26th January. The consultation will run until 16:30 on Thursday 30th April.
A series of public meetings, which will include meetings at every secondary school, will also take place. Details of these will be announced shortly. Additional consultation and engagement events specifically for young people and students will also be held.
Isle of Wight Council Executive member for schools, Jonathan Bacon, said:
“It is well known that educational attainment at secondary and post-16 level is very low on the Island. These proposals are part of a long term plan in improve standards.
“I do appreciate that many people, especially parents, professionals and young people, will want to have their say during the consultation. There is plenty of time to take part and I would encourage anyone wanting to send in their views to attend one of the public meetings or read the consultation document, which contains important data and supporting information and can be found on the council’s website, before submitting their comments.
“We will listen to the views received before final proposals are then put forward to the Executive council and the Full Council later in the year.”
There is a response form for the consultation which can be found via www.iwight.com/consultations and following the links once the consultation gets underway. Hard copies of the response form will also be available from [email protected] or by phoning 01983 823653 once the consultation begins.