A NEW leadership team and ideas to make money have been suggested as possible solutions to prevent the closure of a Freshwater primary school.

With just four days left before a public consultation on the future of All Saints’ Primary School closes, parents, volunteers and councillors have published alternative proposals they say could save the school.

Plans include overhauling the leadership team and making more efficient use of spare capacity at Yarmouth, Brighstone and All Saints, offering a good school to parents closer to where they live.

Isle of Wight County Press:

The community proposal said: “If parents were offered a ‘good’ Ofsted rated school under new leadership on the All Saints site, that school could be the largest in the West Wight, with the majority of pupils living in the Freshwater and Totland area able to walk, scooter or cycle to school.”

Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for education, Cllr Paul Brading, said he was grateful for all the responses to the consultation.

Cllr Brading said: “During the consultation several suggestions of other options have come forward which is what I asked for. All responses will be correctly considered before further I make the next decision.”

The decision will not be made by Hampshire, but is an Isle of Wight decision, to be guided by Hampshire and Island officers.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Freshwater parish councillor Daniel James, who backed the plans, said: “All Saints is the local primary school for the largest community of West Wight families. With new teaching staff, academic results are improving significantly.

“It remains to be seen whether Hampshire County Council will leave the school open so that it can obtain a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted. I would encourage all local residents to read the counter-proposal created by parents and councillors, and make sure they respond to the Council’s consultation.”

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