Barton Primary School could be relocated.
RUN-DOWN Barton Primary School could be relocated to the nearby Downside Community and Learning Centre.
Although the Isle of Wight Council has spent £200,000 on improving the buildings over the past couple of months, education boss Cllr Richard Priest said the Downside site would offer more space and better facilities.
The school, at Green Street, Newport, could be relocated as early as next September.
"There are a lot of reasons why moving to Downside would be a good idea. It used to be a school, of course, so it’s purpose built and all the infrastructure is there. The school and governors are very keen," said Cllr Priest.
"However, it’s important to concentrate for now on making sure Barton provides the best possible education. We don’t want everyone to be distracted by a potential move."
The Downside site, at Furrlongs, is well used by a number of community groups, who would need to be consulted. However, Cllr Priest, who also runs the Riverside Centre, said he was confident alternative sites in Newport could be found for them.
Ward Cllr Geoff Lumley said there was a great deal of community support for the idea.
"Downside has a multi-use games area and a playing field, the facilities are better there.
"Barton is a very old school and it’s not in the best condition. So the community is very keen," he said.