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Fresh proposals to tackle surplus school places in the West Wight have gone out for consultation this week, which could result in the closure of Yarmouth Primary School.

Islanders have until 11th June 2019 to have their say on an alternative preferred option to manage falling pupil numbers in the area.

The Isle of Wight Council launched the original West Wight school places consultation back in March with 5 options on the table. At that stage, the authority’s preferred option was the closure of All Saints’ Primary School in Freshwater, and the expansion of St Saviour’s Primary School, Totland.

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Following a detailed analysis of the consultation, the council has put forward a new preferred option. All Saints’ CE Primary School could close on 31st December this year with pupils transferred to Yarmouth CE Primary School. In 2020, all pupils would then relocate to All Saints’. Under this option, substantial investment would be made in the All Saints’ site.

As part of a new, 4-week consultation on the latest proposals, 2 further public meetings have been organised for people to find out more:

  • Wednesday 22nd May, between 18:00 and 20:00, at Yarmouth CE Primary School.
  • Thursday 6th June, between 18:00 and 20:00, at All Saints’ CE Primary School.

During the consultation the council welcomes all comments and any additional viable proposals via the following survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/WestWightSchoolPlacesSupplementaryConsultation.

Comments can also be made via email and should be sent to: [email protected].

Further information can be found at: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Schools-and-Learning/Schools/School-Consultation.

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The survey is now open and closes at midnight on 11th June 2019.


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Jeremy Simon

That school sits on some valuable land that could be turned into second homes. And the money recouped could be used by councillors to pay for some consultants.

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