All Saints primary in Freshwater, which is expected to be merged with a second school in Isle of Wight Council’s bid to tackle surplus places in the West Wight, has seen an improvement after its latest Ofsted visit.

It is celebrating a Good rating, according to a statement released today (Thursday).

All Saints had previously been rated “requires improvement” by inspectors.

Tonight, the Isle of Wight Council is expected to formally announce the closure of All Saints on 31 August 2020. Governors had “reluctantly” agreed to the measure, as reported by Isle of Wight Radio.

Pupils will initially move to Yarmouth Primary before everyone moves back to the revamped All Saints site, at a later date.

Reacting to the Ofsted improvement, Head Nicki Mobley said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be able to share with you the outcome of our 2-day inspection last month under the new OFSTED framework that started this academic year. We are officially rated a GOOD school in every area. This is a reflection of the hard work, commitment, dedication and support of our team of staff and governors and I am very proud of every member of my team who has been part of making this happen in challenging circumstances in recent months.

“It follows the fantastic SATs results achieved by our Year 6 children; all our children here work hard and make great progress, which has been recognised, and I am also proud of them all too.”

Catherine Powell, Chair of Governors, said:

“I would like to add my congratulations to the Headteacher, staff and children at the school in achieving a Good outcome in the recent Ofsted Inspection. I would also like to thank my fellow governors for their marvellous contributions in attaining this brilliant outcome. That this has been achieved at a time of potential change and challenge to the school is testament to the energy, resilience and leadership of the Head.

“When I became Chair of Governors two years ago, the School was already recognised by Ofsted as being good in some areas; but requiring improvement in others. In collaboration with colleagues from the Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service, we have worked hard to support the school’s improvement journey. We have seen achievement steadily improve year on year, culminating in the outstanding results in this year’s key stage two attainments.

“The current consultation on the future provision of primary school places looks set to result in a new school being built on our wonderful site in the heart of the Freshwater community. I am proud to promote All Saints as an inclusive school, where pupils thrive in the ethos of the Christian values of respect, caring and friendship. These values shine through in the inspector’s report. Our children will be an asset to any new school, and we will continue to wish them well in the next stage of their educational journey.”