West Wight School Places

In early 2019 the Isle of Wight council announced its preferred option to deal with falling pupil numbers in the West Wight.

It planned to close All Saints CE Primary school and expand the nearby St Saviour’s RC Primary School.

Following opposition from residents, this plan was changed later in the year, when it was revealed the IWC would relocate pupils from All Saints’ to Yarmouth Primary, whilst All Saints’ was expanded, then all pupils would move to All Saints’ and Yarmouth would be closed.

This was withdrawn following a legal challenge, schools reduced their admission numbers, but the IWC said they were still looking to close one school in the West Wight.

Below are articles following the proposed closures.

Isle of Wight council set out arrangements for All Saints’ and Yarmouth schools

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The Isle of Wight council clarify the situation with admission arrangements for West Wight primary school pupils

Friday, 17th January, 2020 4:05pm

By IW Council Press Office

Yarmouth School move a ‘positive way forward’ says Cabinet member

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Paul Brading says the move "ensures a strong, sustainable and robust educational offer is provided and secures a multi-million pound capital investment opportunity"

Tuesday, 14th January, 2020 5:06pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Federation Governors make their decision over move of Yarmouth School

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The Governors of the Federation of Yarmouth and Shalfleet Schools have announced their decision on the move of Yarmouth School to Freshwater

Tuesday, 14th January, 2020 11:10am

By Carla Bradshaw

Subject to Yarmouth Governors, Isle of Wight Cabinet make decision over West Wight schools

The Cabinet plans are subject to a decision by the Governing Body of Yarmouth School, due to be made on Monday

Thursday, 9th January, 2020 10:29pm

By IW Council Press Office

West Wight Schools: Funding for Freshwater site not yet secured, but decision on closure imminent

The Isle of Wight council cabinet say the All Saints' school site would be subject to a multi-million-pound investment, but it has not been secured yet

Friday, 3rd January, 2020 3:09pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Letter: Time for Yarmouth to remember that it’s no longer an island within an island

Save our School - parents and children

David Griffiths from Yarmouth counters Steve Cowley's letter, setting out what he believes are valid reasons to move Yarmouth School to Freshwater

Thursday, 2nd January, 2020 7:29am

By David Griffith

Isle of Wight council say All Saints’ school closure depends on decision of Yarmouth govenors

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Any decision to close the school by Cabinet next Thursday (9 January) will be subject to the governing body of Yarmouth Primary School taking a decision to relocate their school

Tuesday, 31st December, 2019 11:50am

By IW Council Press Office

Letter: Governors have ‘lost their way’, but West Wight parents still see Yarmouth as school of choice

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Steve Cowley says he believes the Governors of Yarmouth school have "lost their way" and encourages parents to email them

Monday, 30th December, 2019 9:00am

By Steve Cowley with one comment

Letter: West Wight school proposals are ‘best option offered to date’

In response to Steve Cowley's letter, Daniel James says the solution being proposed in the current council consultation is the best offered to date

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019 12:16pm

By Daniel James with 3 readers' comments

Letter: It’s time we invested properly in our children’s education, SEND and their teachers’ pay

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Steve Cowley says smaller good schools like Yarmouth Primary will still deliver a good education where they are supported socially and financially by local communities

Monday, 2nd December, 2019 5:25pm

By Steve Cowley with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council ‘put gun to our heads’ says school governor

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A show of hands at the Yarmouth Town Council meeting last night voted in favour of closing Shalfleet Primary school. A governor said the Isle of Wight council had put 'a gun to their heads'

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 5:37pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

West Wight school places consultation launched by Isle of Wight council

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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

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 9:54am

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments