>> Yarmouth School Closure Campaign
THE ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL IS PROPOSING TO REBUILD ALL SAINTS SCHOOL FRESHWATER AND MOVE YARMOUTH SCHOOL THERE IN 2 YEARS' TIME.
The IW Council’s current proposal which Yarmouth Town Council rejects:
● Close All Saints school in Freshwater
● Move all pupils from All Saints to Yarmouth School on a temporary basis.
● Reconfigure the Freshwater site (building works could take 2 years or more) while all the children are squeezed into the small Yarmouth campus.
● Permanently close the Yarmouth site and “move” Yarmouth School to Freshwater
The Council’s original first preferred option of closing All Saints and expanding Saint Saviour’s school is best for the children: It is by far the least disruptive to the pupils of All Saints with only one move. Saint Saviour’s has a substantially larger site than Yarmouth and would only require two additional classrooms without detrimentally impacting the outside space. From 2020, moving All Saints into Saint Saviour’s would reduce the surplus places by 35, whereas the closure of the Yarmouth site would not result in any reduction of surplus places.
What can you do to help?
Visit the Council’s online consultation document at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WestWightSchoolPlacesSupplementaryConsultation and make a comment in your own words saying what will be best for the children, and write to Paul Brading, IOW Council cabinet member for Children’s Services (address below)
A summarisation of the points raised at Yarmouth Town Council's EGM on 21/5/19 can be found here
Some useful supplementary points from a local resident can be found here
A presentation prepared by a local resident can be found here
A response from Yarmouth & Shalfleet Schools Federation Governors can be found here
Here are the contact details for the IWC cabinet member for children's services:
|Name: ||Mr Paul Brading|
|Political Group: ||Conservative|
|Electoral Division: ||Lake South|
|Address: ||40 Fairfield Gardens|
Isle of Wight
|Mobile: ||07719 174690|