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ISLANDERS INVITED TO HAVE SAY ON SCHOOL CLOSURE PLANS


A public consultation on plans to close All Saints’ Primary School in Freshwater is now underway.

The Isle of Wight Council has published a public notice signalling the start of a 5-week consultation on proposals to close the school from 31st August 2020.

The closure is being proposed due to a significant decline in pupil numbers at the school and significant surplus schools places within the West Wight area.

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Parental preference for All Saints’ CE Primary School has significantly reduced over the past 5 years with only 12 reception year pupils starting in September 2019. The financial impact of reducing numbers also means the school has been faced with a substantial deficit budget since the beginning of the 2019 financial year.

People have until 29th November 2019 to have their say and more information, including a copy of the statutory notice, is available to view at https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Schools-and-Learning/Schools/School-Consultation.

A further report is due to be brought to Cabinet in January 2020 that will seek a final decision on the outcome of the statutory consultation.  In the event that a decision is taken to close All Saints’ from 31 August 2020, the local authority will fully support parents to ensure that all current pupils are provided with a suitable alternative school place.

The report will also update Cabinet on the outcome of a separate consultation being undertaken by the Federation of the Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth on its proposal to relocate Yarmouth Primary School to the All Saints’ site.

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