A consultation discussing the future of All Saints Primary in Freshwater has been launched today (Monday).
As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the Isle of Wight Council has set out the school as its ‘preferred option’ to close. It says it has been asked by the Department for Education to manage the ‘oversupply’ in the area.
All Saints CE Primary has a capacity for 210 pupils but currently has only 81.
As a result, the council favours expanding St Saviour’s Catholic Primary School for the start of the 2019/20 academic year.
On Friday (1), Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Paul Brading, agreed to a public consultation to discuss the plans.
He said he will ‘listen carefully’ to parents before deciding the next steps:
“I have carefully considered the report on empty places in West Wight primary schools and the quality of education currently being provided, and I have agreed that a consultation should take place.
“I also want to make it clear the council has not made any decisions at this stage. I will consider any viable alternative options put forward during the consultation period before I make a final decision.”
All Saints was judged to require improvement by education watchdog Ofsted following separate inspections in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
The survey closes at midday on 12 April 2019.