SCHOOL REFORM PLANS REVEALED

By Lorraine Parker

Friday, May 23, 2008

 

THREE primary schools will close completely and 15 others will no longer exist on their current sites under the final proposals for education reform.

St Helens Primary, Chale CE Primary, and Weston Primary School will all close under the Isle of Wight Council plans, while others will amalgamate on to existing primary or middle school sites.

By September 2010 there will be 38 primary schools in total and six high schools.

Primaries including Broadlea, Haylands and Oakfield, as well as the three faith schools in Ventnor, are among the nine which will leave their current sites to move on to middle school sites.

St John’s CE Primary, in Sandown, will close and amalgamate with Sandown CE Primary on the Sandown CE site, while Yarmouth will similarly operate on Shalfleet’s site.

Wroxall, Godshill and Chillerton and Rookley will also amalgamate to form one new school over two existing sites at Godshill and Wroxall.

Twenty-two primaries will continue to run on their existing sites and all 16 middle schools will close to create a two-tier system.

Forelands Middle School and Nodehill Middle School are currently the only middle school sites which will have no use after their closure.

Unison representative Mark Chiverton said: “There is immense uncertainty, confusion and unhappiness among middle school staff in particular, but in all sectors and all schools facing closure.

"I certainly will be pushing very hard over the next few weeks and months to ensure that matters are dealt with as quickly as possible but also with a view to ensuring job protection.”

The proposals will go before the IW Council's cabinet on June 3, when councillors will decide whether to confirm them for formal consultation.

The full reorganisation list is:

East Wight

Bembridge CE Primary — to continue on its existing site (with possible relocation to Forelands Middle)

Nettlestone Primary — to continue on its existing site

St Helens Primary — to close

Forelands Middle School — to close

South Wight

Niton Primary — to continue on its existing site

St Boniface’s CE Primary

St Margaret’s CE Primary — joint amalgamation between three schools and relocation to Ventnor Middle School

St Wilfrid’s CE Primary

Ventnor Middle School — to close

South East Wight

Brading CE Primary — to continue on its existing site

Broadlea Primary — to relocate to Lake Middle

Gatten and Lake Primary — to continue on its existing site

Sandown CE Primary

St John’s CE Primary — both schools to amalgamate on Sandown CE’s site

Shanklin CE Primary — to continue on its existing site

Lake Middle — to close

Sandham Middle — to close

Sandown High School — to close and become Sandown Secondary School on Sandown High and Sandham Middle sites

Ryde

Binstead Primary School — to continue on its existing site

Dover Park Primary — to continue on its existing site

Greenmount Primary — to relocate to Mayfield Middle site

Haylands Primary — to relocate to Swanmore Middle site

Oakfield CE Primary — to relocate to Bishop Lovett site

St Mary’s Catholic Primary — to continue on its existing site

Bishop Lovett Middle — to close

Mayfield CE Middle — to close

Swanmore Middle — to close

Ryde High School — to close and become Ryde Secondary School on Ryde High and Haylands sites

Newport

Barton Primary — to continue on its existing site

Carisbrooke CEP — to continue on its existing site

Hunnyhill Primary — to relocate to Kitbridge Middle site

Newport CEP — to continue on its existing site

Nine Acres Primary — to continue on its existing site

Summerfields Primary — to continue on its existing site

St Thomas of Canterbury RCP — to form a hard federation with St Mary’s RCP, in Ryde

New primary school to be created on Downside Middle site

Downside Middle — to close

Kitbridge Middle — to close

Nodehill Middle — to close

ABK Middle — to close August 2008

Trinity Middle — to close August 2008 (ABK and Trinity will form the new Christ the King College)

Carisbrooke High School — to close and become Carisbrooke Secondary School on Carisbrooke site

Medina High School — to close and become Medina Secondary School on Medina and Downside sites

Central Rural Area

Arreton St George’s CE Primary — to continue on its existing site in hard federation with appropriate CE aided primary

Chillerton and Rookley Primary

Godshill Primary — all three schools to amalgamate, forming a new school on Godshill and Wroxall sites

Wroxall Primary

Newchurch Primary — to continue on its existing site

West Wight

All Saints CE Primary — to continue on its existing site

Brighstone CE Primary — to continue on its existing site

Chale CE Primary — to close

Shalfleet CE Primary

Yarmouth CE Primary — both schools to amalgamate on Shalfleet’s site

St Saviour’s Catholic Primary — to continue on its existing site

Weston Primary School — to close

New primary school — on West Wight Middle School site

West Wight Middle School — to close

Cowes

Cowes Primary — to continue on its existing site but additions to site required

Gurnard Primary — to relocate to Solent Middle site

Love Lane Primary — to relocate to Somerton Middle

Northwood Primary — to continue on its existing site

Solent Middle — to close

Somerton Middle — to close

Cowes High School — to close and become Cowes Secondary School on Cowes High site

East Cowes

East Cowes Primary

Whippingham Primary — to amalgamate and form new school on Osborne Middle Site

Holy Cross Catholic Primary — to continue on its existing site with possible relocation to Whippingham site

Wootton Primary — to continue on its existing site

Osborne Middle School — to close

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