The Isle of Wight Council is formally considering closing the West Wight’s All Saints primary school, in a bid to manage surplus classroom places.

A decision cannot be taken before 1 March, but the local authority say its preferred option is to close the school that currently has 81 pupils (but a capacity of more than 200).

A petition to save it has already gained more than 150 signatures.

The Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet member for Children’s Services Cllr Paul Brading told Isle of Wight Radio last week,

“I would…decide if a formal consultation, of 6 weeks, is appropriate. This would be the first informal consultation, because hypothetically, if a decision was made to change anything then a formal 4 week consultation would be required.

“All the West Wight Heads, and Chair of Governors will be visited and spoken to.”

The petition calls for All Saints primary to stay, asking,

“Why should they close this school, The main point is ALL the kids are happy they are all coming on with their learning and Social skills.”

Around three years ago, local parents protested the controversial closure of Weston Academy in Totland. It shut its doors in December 2015.

If the plans to close All Saints primary go ahead, St Saviour’s primary would increase by 70 places in time for the new intake in September.