WEST Wight schools and the Isle of Wight Council are consulting over children's future education provisions.

Following a public notice to discontinue All Saints CE Primary School, in Freshwater, the Council has moved one step closer to shutting a school in the West Wight, eliminating surplus schools.

It was recommended All Saints' should close from August 31, 2020 with the idea to relocate Yarmouth CE Primary School to the All Saints' site for the start of the 2021 academic year, September 1, 2020.

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Proposed building works to expand the Freshwater site are in the pipeline but no government funding has been secured yet, so no official works can be confirmed. The council has been approached for a comment.

A letter sent to parents by the governors of Yarmouth, signalling the start of their own consultation, said it had to act 'responsibly' and in the best interests of schools, children and staff when the opportunity to move the school nearest to where most children live (Freshwater) presented itself.

The governors consider it a 'positive step' to providing excellent opportunities for all children within the Federation, which includes Shalfleet CE Primary and said pupils from All Saints' will 'attend a school which has a long track record of strong leadership and governance with consistent educational outcomes'.

A continuous fight has been put against the council by parents from both schools at risk of closure, as well as governors who have put forward their preferred option during the transition period to operate Yarmouth CE across the two school sites pending the completion of the proposed building works at All Saints'.

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Federation governors say the proposals will allow the children to remain on their known school sites without 'significant' disruption to their education and the council support the implementation plans.

The council's consultation deadline is November 29. Anyone wishing to comment should contact Richard Vaughan at strategicplanningunit@hants.gov.uk or view the public notice online here https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Schools-and-Learning/Schools/School-Consultation.

Comments for the Yarmouth consultation should be sent to consultation@yarmouthceprimary.co.uk by December 16.

A further report on the outcomes of the consultation will be brought before cabinet in January that will seek the final decision.

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