Hampshire officers recommend closure of Carisbrooke College

Officers recommend a merger of Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges on the Medina College site. Approval is also sought for a consultation on the closure to commence in the autumn with a view to closure by 2017.

Carisbrooke College photo from their Website

Two weeks ago, OnTheWight ran a report on the outcomes of the school consultation into 11-16 year old and post-16 provision on the Isle of Wight.

Today (Tuesday) the council have released papers for next week’s Executive and full council meetings, which contain the recommendations made by Hampshire County Council officers (who are responsible for children’s services on the Isle of Wight) on the future of school provision on the Isle of Wight.

The recommendation
It is recommended to the Executive:

  1. That Medina College and Carisbrooke College merge on the Medina site in accordance with Option 2b of the 11-16 consultation.
  2. That statutory consultation on the closure of Carisbrooke College with effect from 31 August 2017 be authorised to take place in September and October 2015.
  3. That a report on the outcome of that statutory consultation be brought to Executive at its meeting on 8 December 2015.
  4. That the future distribution of post-16 A-Level provision as outlined in paragraph 101 (as set out below) is approved.
    • Medina and Carisbrooke colleges’ joint post-16 provision to be retained on the Node Hill site;
    • Christ the King College’s post-16 provision to be retained;
    • Isle of Wight College post-16 A-level provision to be retained;
    • in the short term Ryde and Sandown Bay academies’ post-16 provision to be retained on both sites until such time as new post-16 provision for 350 learners on the Sandown Bay site to serve both schools is ready for occupation, leading to a shared sixth form between the two.
  5. That the Department for Education’s Education Funding Agency be advised to proceed with the Priority School Building Programme projects to create a 10fe 11-16 school for Ryde Academy, a 9fe 11-16 school for Christ the King College and a 8fe 11-16 school for Sandown Bay Academy together with post-16 provision for 350 learners.
  6. That a report setting out the framework and timescales for the Priority School Building Programme projects at Ryde Academy, Christ the King College and Sandown Bay Academy be brought to Executive.
  7. If the Executive is minded to prefer Option 1 of the consultation they are reminded that for this option to attract capital investment in Carisbrooke or Medina sites would require a satisfactory business case to support its sustainability.

The Paper
The detail can be read in the paper below, click on the full screen icon to see larger version.

Image: Carisbrooke college

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22 Comments on "Hampshire officers recommend closure of Carisbrooke College"

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So, despite the vast majority who responded to the consultation opting to maintain the current arrangements, the council decided to close Carisbrooke. So what was the point of spending a fortune on this consultation ( how many teachers would that pay for?) if they are just going to ignore it and blight the education of more kids just as the IWs education system is starting to scrape… Read more »

The council only carried out “the consultation” because they are obliged by law to do so.

It was pointed out at the time by myself and others that the council would pay no attention to anything that the consultation offered.

Certain concillors have wanted Carisbrooke shut and unfortunately that is what the council is blindly trying to do.


Vix Lowthion

This goes against the findings of the public consultation – the public who are parents and teachers and students who have direct current and past experience of our island education.

Are Mr Whitehouse and co now hoping that Christ the King can finally move into the much larger Carisbrooke College site? After all he seems to have been manoeuvring for that for some time…

Steve C
From the proposals, option 1 promises funding to build 31 forms of entry in various schools on the Island. this is hard cash to build 31 classes of entry across the Island. Option 2b promises funding to only build 28 forms of entry. This is money already set aside by DFE to build schools around the country. I wonder what happens to the other 3 forms of… Read more »
The Sciolist

Carisbrooke has lost out because it hasn’t been up to scratch for a long time. Sad but true, in the modern world failure = closure.

Vix Lowthion
But this is dressed up as reorganisation. Not closure of a once v popular school after a couple of years of below average results and the building of a new high school next door as direct competition. Not so long ago, Carisbrooke was a top performing school. This consultation and process isn’t about closing it due to results? It’s supposed to be solely about school numbers and… Read more »
I see the idea for a West Wight school has been dismissed out of hand. Only 500 pupils available according to the report. So that’s 500 pupils to be bussed ad infinitum into Newport at the cost of around a million pounds per year. (council spending on school transport is around £4 million per year). Total waste of money. A west wight school is what the community… Read more »
freedom ticket

Colin, why would it cost £1M to bus 500 pupils into Newport?

If the council gave them all a freedom ticket to travel 24/7 it would only cost £217K, for just 5 days a week during term time would be much less then even that!

So where is this £1 million coming from???

@freedom ticket Southern Vectis have a £28 million contact for 8 years of school transport known as Vectis Blue. Further money is spent on trains and taxis. The council spend £4 million per year which incidentally works out at £20,000 per day, every school day on transport. West Wight has the longest journeys out of all. Work out for yourself how many of the 54 dedicated Blue… Read more »
freedom ticket

I did work it out, and I could bus those 500 pupils into Newport for a lot less than £200k per year.

As the 2011 census show around 14,000 pupils aged 11-17 why would you ascribed 29% of SV’s transport budget on only 500 pupils


This “consultation” was about closing schools due to alleged excess places.

The option of opening a new school was never on the table, so it is pointless bringing it up.

@suruk The consultation questionaire had space for any other suggestions. Some chose to use this for suggesting where there was no secondary school provision, i.e. West Wight. Not pointless in the slightest. It would save on travel costs and time for 500 students. It would reduce congestion around CTK and Carisbrooke and negate the need to spend money and increase the size of CTK. The Free school… Read more »

@freedom ticket

If only it were that simple. It’s a bit more complicated than just giving pupils a freedom ticket. It’s also about providing buses where and when they are needed rather than just saying “here’s a ticket off you go and find a bus. All 500 of you at the same time, good luck”

Darren P
30 May 2008 – Parish councillor Jonathan Bacon, whose daughter is the school’s … To take it away would rip the heart out of the community.” … is urging education chiefs to consider amalgamation to … Interesting that Cllr Bacon promised this back in 2008 but now he is at the top table he has forgotten his principles? Is he now going to preside over a school… Read more »
Victor Meldrew
A flawed consultation process from a disastrous education policy by a discredited minority administration. Now they propose to discuss/decide in Cabinet rather than open debate in full council. Possibly because they know they would be voted down. So the sheep will all raise hands for their leader and decide the fate of our young people without any acknowledgement of the views of the electorate they pretend to… Read more »
I know someone who after teaching successfully for 20 years in London moved here and taught at Carisbrooke. He had the worse experience of his life and nearly had a breakdown. He thought the school was badly run and deliberately so. After he left he met another former teacher who like him had a successful career in teaching previously but left stating the school was a shambles.… Read more »
Chris Newman
I would like to point out the following: 1. Councillor Bacon stated quite categorically that the Consultation was not like the last one, where they went through the motions then ignored the opinions given. He promised that he will listen to us. 2. Councillors Geoff Lumley and Matthew Price both attended our Medina and II VI Form Parent Voice Councils’ Meeting, and spent over an hour discussing… Read more »
The myth of the overprovision of secondary school places has now been blown out of the water today by no less than the Tory propaganda sheet, the Daily Mail, with its headline: “Secondary school crisis looms as pupil numbers soar by 20% in the next decade fuelled by immigration and baby boom” So what has changed? Oh yes! Once safely back in power, the Tories have allocated… Read more »
steve s

You usually do your homework.
Hampshire officers took all population growth projections into consideration.


Then how did they arrive at a different conclusion to the current one indicating an “crisis” of places over the next 10 years?

Did they also miss a similar report two years ago? “Now a ‘restricted’ paper prepared by the Department for Education – which carries a warning that it is ‘very sensitive and should not be forwarded’ – has laid bare the scale of the so-called ‘ticking timebomb’ caused by Labour’s lack of planning, adding that ministers have ‘faced fears of an impending shortage for some years’. Daily Mail… Read more »
steve s

By projecting for the Isle of Wight.