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SCHOOL REFORM PLANS REVEALED

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 15:48

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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