Yarmouth CE Primary.

Fresh proposals, which could see Yarmouth CE Primary School relocate to Freshwater, have today (Tuesday) gone to a public consultation.

The Isle of Wight Council is inviting Islanders to have their say over the next four weeks.

It is the second consultation to be launched since March, as the local authority attempts to tackle surplus school places in the West Wight.

Councillor Paul Brading.

The first consultation, which proposed closing All Saints CE Primary School in Freshwater and expanding St Saviours school in Totland, saw 386 people comment.

However, after a review, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, Councillor Paul Brading has today (Tuesday) decided to launch another.

He told Isle of Wight Radio:

“The first consultation was so well completed, so many different comments and options, we took that extra week just to consider all those proposals that came forward because there were 11 new proposals that came out of it. 

“I think it is absolutely right that we do another consultation. We could have gone straight to a public notices consultation where the decision has been made.”

Five options are available and can be viewed here.

The council’s new preferred choice is to shut All Saints on 31 December 2019 and expand Yarmouth primary. Yarmouth would then eventually relocate to the All Saints site.

Under this option, substantial investment would be made in the All Saints site, according to the council.

Two meetings have been organised for parents to have their say. The first is on 22 May between 6pm and 8pm at Yarmouth CE Primary School.

The second is on 6 June at All Saints’ Freshwater site.

You can take part in the consultation, here.