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Latest stage of Isle of Wight schools plans agreed by councillors

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The latest stage of controversial plans to manage school places on the Isle of Wight has been approved by the council’s cabinet.

Officials have agreed to a formal period of public consultation on proposals to close Yarmouth Primary School - and move it to the site of All Saints in Freshwater.

Cabinet members agreed to a formal period of consultation on the closure of All Saints on 3rd April 2020 and future expansion of Yarmouth CE Primary School.

Under the recommendation, Yarmouth primary would relocate to the All Saints’ site once proposed building works are completed there. 

The Isle of Wight Council says it has to address the oversupply of school places in the area, with five schools currently catering for around 90 children per year group - a number which is expected to fall over the coming years. 

The council says having fewer schools will also help ensure the remaining schools are more financially resilient.

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“In terms of sensible planning for the location of the current schools, it makes sense to use the buildings closest to where the children live. 

“Given only seven children attending Yarmouth actually live in the town and 69 live in Freshwater and Totland, it makes logical sense to propose the move to relocate Yarmouth CE Primary onto the All Saints’ site. 

“It also makes the most sense strategically in terms of future proofing buildings as the All Saints’ site is due to receive a multi-million-pound investment from the Department for Education to substantially improve/replace the existing buildings.” 

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