Public meeting on Cowes school

By a County Press reporter

Sunday, April 20, 2014


THE public meeting called for by the Isle of Wight County Press and promised by a leading councillor into the Cowes Enterprise College (CEC) fiasco, will go ahead on Monday, April 28.

Richard Priest, Isle of Wight Council executive member for education, said the meeting would go ahead in Cowes at 6pm, at a venue yet to be decided.

"We want as many questions answered as possible," he said.

County Press editor Alan Marriott, who has asked for transparency in the saga and made Freedom of Information requests about the suspensions of Janet Newton and John Brocklehurst, said invitations would be issued to all interested parties.

These included Ms Newton and Mr Brocklehurst, Stuart Love, who took over the project after the suspensions of the pair, former IW Council chief executive Steve Beynon, former leader David Pugh, current managing director Dave Burbage, current leader Cllr Ian Stephens, chairman of CEC governors Rachael Fidler, and former Cowes High school chair of governors Alan Wells.

Mr Marriott said: "We have been denied answers about what really went on until now.

"Let us hope this is a chance for the truth to be told in a public forum."

Cllr Priest hoped Cowes Enterprise College itself would be the venue and said Hampshire County Council officers would be present to answer questions on the building and the support they were offering to the school now.

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