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The number of parents submitting an application for their child to start Christ the King College in September has fallen by around 55%, figures released by the Isle of Wight Council reveal.

In October 2017, a total of 206 families chose Christ the King College as their first choice school for the school year starting September 2018. Fast forward a year and that figure has fallen dramatically to just 91 families – a decrease in applications of around 55%.

The news comes after a turbulent year for Carisbrooke-based school. Back in October, Christ the King was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted just months after former principle Pat Goodhead stepped down. In December 2017 it was revealed by Island Echo that Christ the King was in financial difficulty.

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In September, a total of just 127 students are expected to begin at Christ the King College despite the school being able to accommodate 270, marking a 47% under subscription.

A spokesperson for Christ the King College has this week said that the situation reflects travel-to-learn issues and surplus secondary places, but that the number of applications for the sixth form have risen and continued to rise.

They have gone on to say:

“September is a new start for Christ The King as we move into new purpose built facilities on Wellington Road which will bring a number of new and exciting opportunities for students.”

Nearby Carisbrooke College has had to turn away students are they are oversubscribed for September, whilst sister school Medina College has got 195/260 student places filled. Cowes Enterprise College has 269 students starting in September.

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Ryde Academy is almost oversubscribed with 261/270 students ready to don the school uniform at the start of the new year. The same can be said of The Island Free School who have 118/125 students now on their books. The Bay CE School has 175 students starting.

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