Cowes Enterprise College transfer deal to be discussed

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 

Cowes Enterprise College transfer deal to be discussed

Cowes Enterprise College. Picture courtesy of Ken Beken/Beken of Cowes.

PLANS to transfer Cowes Enterprise College to Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) are to be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the Isle of Wight Council executive next Wednesday.

The committee will make a decision on whether to transfer the freehold of the site to OAT from September.

If the agreement goes ahead, OAT would take over the running of the school and the site, although work to complete the building — which has been blighted by defects and delays — must be completed by the Isle of Wight Council.

If works to complete the building are required after September, the Isle of Wight Council will need permission from OAT to carry them out.

In a letter to OAT, the council said: "We are not able to make any further formal commitment about the resolution of the building issues until such time as the full scale of the problem is properly quantified and the source of any necessary resource to address the problem has been identified."

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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by Chris Firth

9th July 2014, at 18:52:39

Surely it would make sense to hand over the school, lock, stock and barrel, to the trust ONLY after ALL remedial work has been carried out and the school is fit for purpose, the council would be heading for a further CEC fiasco if they have to carry out work specified by OAT at a later date and do not have a leg to stand on

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by Peter Daws

9th July 2014, at 13:26:44

The legal consequences and implications of transferring the freehold prior to the mutually agreed and accepted completion of works would be vast. Please IW Council take proper legal advice on this matter before proceeding, I know you are keen to see the school come out of the mire but rushing this in order to keep OAT sweet would be an additional mistake in this sad and sorry saga. Stop, take a deep breath and correct advice, don't continue the amateurish **** ups of the previous administration.

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