‘Urgent’ action on surplus school places needed

By Martin Neville

Friday, May 9, 2014

 

SURPLUS places in Island primary schools are revealed in figures published today (Friday) by the Isle of Wight County Press.

One of the worst affected areas is the West Wight, where there is massive under-demand for primary places.

Commenting on the figures, Tory education spokesman Cllr Chris Whitehouse said: "Broadly speaking, in the West Wight we have 50 per cent more primary school places than we need. This situation is clearly dire and requires an urgent strategic solution,"

Cllr Richard Priest, Isle of Wight Council executive member for children’s services, said: "We are in the process of completing further detailed analysis before finalising proposals for the way forward but at this stage the indications are in the primary sector capacity is mostly in line with pupil numbers."

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press, today, Friday, May 9.

See the statistics below:

School PAN 1st Pref Appns Offered 1st Offered 2nd Offered 3rd LA Allocated Total Offers Surplus Places
Cowes
Cowes Primary 60 43 43 1 4 48 12
Gurnard Primary 60 63 60 60 0
Lanesend Primary 60 46 46 9 55 5
Northwood Primary 30 29 29 1 30 0
Total 210 181 178 1 0 14 193 17
School PAN 1st Pref Appns Offered 1st Offered 2nd Offered 3rd LA Allocated Total Offers Surplus Places
East Cowes
Holy Cross Catholic Primary 30 37 30 30 0
Queensgate Foundation Primary 60 66 60 60 0
Total 90 103 90 0 0 0 90 0
School PAN 1st Pref Appns Offered 1st Offered 2nd Offered 3rd LA Allocated Total Offers Surplus Places
Newport
Arreton St George's CE Primary 30 31 30 30 0
Barton Primary School and Early Years Centre 30 21 21 1 22 8
Carisbrooke CE Primary 60 52 52 2 54 6
Chillerton and Rookley Primary 13 13 13 13 0
Hunnyhill Primary 60 36 36 36 24
Medina House Special 1 0 0 0
Newport CE Primary 60 37 37 1 38 22
Nine Acres Primary 60 41 41 41 19
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary 30 30 30 30 0
Summerfields Primary 30 30 30 30 0
Wootton Primary 30 26 26 3 1 30 0
Total 403 318 316 5 0 3 324 79
School PAN 1st Pref Appns Offered 1st Offered 2nd Offered 3rd LA Allocated Total Offers Surplus Places
Ryde Rural
Nettlestone Primary 30 21 21 3 1 25 5
St Helens Primary 22 7 7 7 15
Total 52 28 28 3 1 0 32 20
School PAN 1st Pref Appns Offered 1st Offered 2nd Offered 3rd LA Allocated Total Offers Surplus Places
Ryde Town
Binstead Primary 30 55 30 30 0
Dover Park Primary 30 34 29 1 30 0
Greenmount Primary 60 59 58 2 60 0
Haylands Primary 60 41 41 3 6 10 60 0
Oakfield CE Primary 60 35 35 4 2 7 48 12
St Marys RC Primary 30 41 30 30 0
Total 270 265 223 10 8 17 258 12
School PAN 1st Pref Appns Offered 1st Offered 2nd Offered 3rd LA Allocated Total Offers Surplus Places
Sandown and Shanklin
Bembridge CE Primary 30 25 25 1 26 4
Brading CE Primary 25 10 10 1 2 13 12
Broadlea Primary 60 55 55 5 60 0
Gatten and Lake Primary 30 37 30 30 0
Newchurch Primary 30 39 30 30 0
St Blasius Shanklin CE Primary 30 18 18 1 1 20 10
The Bay CE Primary 60 52 52 2 54 6
Total 265 236 220 10 0 3 233 32
School PAN 1st Pref Appns Offered 1st Offered 2nd Offered 3rd LA Allocated Total Offers Surplus Places
Ventnor
Godshill Primary 27 18 18 2 20 7
Niton Primary 30 18 18 18 12
St Francis RC and CE Primary 60 38 38 2 40 20
Wroxall Primary 22 8 8 8 14
Total 139 82 82 2 0 2 86 53
School PAN 1st Pref Appns Offered 1st Offered 2nd Offered 3rd LA Allocated Total Offers Surplus Places
West Wight
All Saints CEP 30 10 10 10 20
Brighstone CE Primary 30 24 24 24 6
Shalfleet CE Primary 24 27 24 24 0
St Saviours RC Primary 30 13 13 13 17
Weston Academy 30 9 9 9 21
Yarmouth CE Primary 15 5 5 5 10
Total 159 88 85 0 0 0 85 74
Grand Total 1588 1301 1222 31 9 39 1301 287

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by David Shoulder

10th May 2014, at 07:43:29

@ david wright. A text book answer. However closing schools takes political willpower and previous administrations have wilted under very parochial and predictable protest. Yet another expensive round of "consultation" to come.

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by david wright

10th May 2014, at 00:07:10

@ D Shoulder
Resources should be consolodated as was planned in the West wight with school closures and a new build school suitable for the two tier system imposed on the three tier school infrastructure. However the debacle in Cowes means new build is unlikely and even possibly undesirable!

So long as the contraction in places is done with planning and with room for expansion should the roles increase in the future it is not only sensible it is necessary.It has to be done to secure resources to improve the infrastructure to meet the new two tier demands . Current buildings are inadequate for use and not fit for purpose but of course Ofsted and IOW education know this and are just in denial!

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by David Shoulder

9th May 2014, at 22:27:55

A simple question. There are of course finite resources allocated to education. Are those precious resources being best utilised by keeping and maintaining more physical school places than are required or should something be done about it. Villages and towns lose shops, pubs and even churches if there is no longer sufficient customer demand to justify their existence. Are schools a special case?

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by James McAdder

9th May 2014, at 21:12:40

Indeed, Mike. A good teacher can inspire students in a subject they are not initially interested in and, conversely, a bad teacher can put a student off a subject they previously enjoyed.

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by Mike Crowe

9th May 2014, at 18:22:59

Thank you James.

""What is required is a structured and disciplined learning framework where children can be guided and encouraged towards their goals, with formal examinations and assessments of their progress.""

With your experience of College AND University I can see where you are coming from and can picture it in "an ideal situation"

However I feel that it is motivation in the student which has to be addressed first ................... "You can take a horse to water .............." and as an experienced Teacher/Instructor/Lecturers, we both know that this is of prime importance.

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by david wright

9th May 2014, at 18:20:00

A J Franzen,

Despite your attempt to belittle my comment by character assasination i do ask on what experience are you basing your assumptions?Are you a parent , or do you work in a school or participate interact in a school day in any way?

I worked in a school for 16 years in a non educational role and saw first hand how the children and staff are saddled with doctrine rather than education. It is more 'you must do it this way' than 'this is working.'

Mr Frazen my argument is tree hugging, let the feral children run free education has been the way for the last few years and standards of education are dropping and SOME children are being failed miserably.

Those children that are able or with driven parents will and do achieve. Children with parents who let them please them selves and with bad attitudes will leave school with little or no education often despite the childs interlect and become adults who will struggle to contribute to society.

Are you happy with that?

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by James McAdder

9th May 2014, at 17:19:33

Yes, Mike. 18 years in schools, college and university.

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by Mike Crowe

9th May 2014, at 16:48:46

Just as a matter of interest, do any of you critics have any teaching experience?

Just for the record of course.

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by James McAdder

9th May 2014, at 15:08:37

Hmmm,

You are both (Franzen and Wright) wrong, and right.

Lining 'em up and teaching at 'em just bores kids stupid, and bores the intelligent ones more than most. The Victorian model of teaching was merely a way of producing adequately educated worker drones, no more, no less.

On the other hand, "letting children run with their ideas" is the sort of left-wing idealogical garbage that results in many kids leaving school unable to perform basic work-related tasks, let alone gaining any qualifications.

What is required is a structured and disciplined learning framework where children can be guided and encouraged towards their goals, with formal examinations and assessments of their progress.

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by david wright

9th May 2014, at 14:02:49

previous continued;

learn nothing!

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