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This was withdrawn following a legal challenge, schools reduced their admission numbers, but the IWC said they were still looking to close one school in the West Wight.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

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

yarmouth school - pupils and parents with save our school banner

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

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

Isle of Wight council approve next stage in West Wight school plans

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The council say the recommendations now being taken forward are "felt to provide the best opportunity to secure long-term educational and financial stability for West Wight families and schools"

Friday, 11th October, 2019 8:14am

By IW Council Press Office

Cabinet to vote on West Wight school closure plans next week

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After the earlier withdrawal of plans to close at least one school in the West Wight, they are back on the table and will be voted on next week.

Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 4:15pm

By IW Council Press Office

‘Confused to as why governors not behind parents’ – Protest over school closure

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Cllr Brading said he did not expect the news of the Governors decision to be in the public domain, but that they can do what they want.

Friday, 27th September, 2019 3:21pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

‘Very painful meeting’ with Isle of Wight Council representatives leads Governors to agree school closure

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In a letter sent to parents, governors said they had come to the decision following 'frank conversations' and 'a very painful meeting' with Isle of Wight Council representatives.

Thursday, 26th September, 2019 4:01pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

School campaigners say they’ve been kept in the dark over closure plans: Protest planned

Yarmouth School

One of the campaigners said they still have confidence in the governors to maintain as their primary concern the welfare, progress and outcomes of the pupils by opposing the proposal to relocate Yarmouth Primary School.

Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 3:27pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Letter: West Wight parents blighted by conflicting messages over planned school closure

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Steve Cowley says parents cannot plan their children's education and schools are blighted by conflicting messages coming out of the Isle of Wight council.

Monday, 23rd September, 2019 5:32pm

By Steve Cowley

It’s not over: Conservative Cllr says they are still committed to closing one West Wight school

Save our School - parents and children

Cllr Brading said the council was committed to achieving six key aims — including reducing the number of schools in the area from five to four.

Friday, 13th September, 2019 10:55am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Cabinet to hear update on West Wight school places plans

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Cllr Brading says discussions are ongoing and an update report will be delivered to the Cabinet next week.

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 5:00pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Isle of Wight council scrap plans to relocate West Wight primary schools

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To avoid the legal costs of taking the matter to court, the council is now exploring other options.

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 5:57pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments