From Steve Cowley, grandfather to seven who have been pupils at, and of whom four still, attend the Shalfleet and Yarmouth Federation Schools, Yarmouth:

A GREAT injustice to the children of West Wight families is being planned by the IW Council (IWC).

Its plan is to move the children from All Saints’ Primary School to Yarmouth Primary School so All Saints can be refurbished, then Yarmouth School will be closed, and the children moved back to the All Saints’ site, calling it ‘Yarmouth’.

These moves and overcrowding will have a damaging effect on the education of many children. It is well-proven that this sort of disruption, especially mid-academic year, has a very negative effect on educational attainment.

Good primary education is a fundamental life foundation for all children. It ensures good lifetime outcomes in many ways; good jobs, good social outcomes and fulfilling lives.

This plan is proposed by the IWC, despite all three ‘Good’ Ofsted-rated school governing bodies (Shalfleet, Yarmouth and St Saviour’s) saying they do not support this plan.

More than 90 per cent of parents at Shalfleet and Yarmouth oppose this plan. 71 per cent of those who responded to the consultation did not support this plan, but the IWC report justified the recommendation because 29 per cent supported it.

The success of the plan depends on the governors of both Shalfleet and Yarmouth, who are opposed to the plan.

The plan is financial irresponsible, spending £300,000 on Yarmouth just before closing the school, then refurbishing All Saints’,which will only add to the continued over supply of school places in the West Wight, leading to further school closures.

If the IWC is to be seen as financially responsible it must think again and ditch this plan.

If the IWC is to be seen as caring about the children currently in the West Wight schools, their teachers and support staff, it must think again and ditch this plan.