A decision over the future of a primary school in Freshwater has been delayed until next month (May), after the Isle of Wight Council announced it needed more time to ‘evaluate’ options.
Meanwhile, Isle of Wight Radio has been told that although sixteen families applied to go to All Saints, only 10 of the 30 available places in its reception class for September have been filled by the Isle of Wight Council (not including SEND pupils).
As previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio, a consultation was launched in February to look at the surplus of school places in the West Wight – a trend which the council says is expected to continue in the coming years.
All Saints Primary School in Freshwater was chosen as the ‘preferred option’ for closure.
When primary school places were announced earlier this month (16), all eight families who picked All Saints first won a place there. However, only a third of those who had it as their second choice secured a spot and neither of the two families who picked it third were allocated a place because they won their first choice instead, according to the Isle of Wight Council.
According to the figures, while Yarmouth Primary School and St Saviour’s both filled their classes, Brighstone and Shalfleet primary schools did not.
A decision on the consultation was expected to be made on Friday (26) but the council says it needs more time to consider all the comments received.
Parents will now find out the decision from the consultation on 13 May.
Councillor Paul Brading, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said:
“I am grateful to everyone who has taken the trouble to add comments to the consultation.
“I fully understand that all individuals and groups who have been involved in the process are anxious for the outcome to be announced as soon as possible, however, I do want to ensure at this important stage the right decision is taken.
“As I said repeatedly, no final decision has been made, and all comments were welcomed, so we are rightly now evaluating all of these before I make the next decision and publish the next paper.”