Public consultation plans on the future of Chillerton and Rookley elementary school
Cabinet members are urged to consider plans for the Isle of Wight Council to launch a full public consultation on the future of Chillerton and Rookley Primary School.
The number of students in the school has been steadily decreasing over the past few years and currently stands at 22. Its capacity is 91.
A deficit of £ 120,000 expected
As schools are funded on a ‘per pupil’ basis, excess places create a significant funding challenge for the school, which projects a budget deficit of £ 118,057 in 2022/2023.
To address this issue, an informal consultation on the school’s merger with Godshill Primary School was launched earlier this year at the request of the Stenbury Foundation, which governs the two schools.
Full consultation planned
A new report released yesterday (Wednesday) includes many of the suggestions made during this process – all of which will undergo a full six-week public consultation if approved by Cabinet on Thursday (October 14).
A range of options
The options are varied and include:
- Leave the two schools open and federated, which means that the status quo remains.
- Merge Chillerton and Rookley Elementary School with Godshill Elementary School with the closure of Chillerton and Rookley Elementary School.
- Merge Chillerton and Rookley Elementary School with Godshill Elementary School with the closure of Godshill Elementary School.
- Seek out a free academy / school sponsor for Chillerton and Rookley Primary School and, if successful, defend the school from the Stenbury Federation.
- Defend Chillerton and Rookley from the Stenbury Federation and reform it into a stand-alone primary school.
- Look for another local maintained school to federate with Chillerton and Rookley Elementary School.
- Set up a flexi-schooling offer on the Chillerton and Rookley site to support the full-time offer.
Council would also welcome any further suggestions from stakeholders during the proposed consultation.
André: Adopt a measured and in-depth approach
Cllr Debbie Andre, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said:
“In line with our administration’s commitment to take a measured and thorough approach, no decision has yet been made.
“This report for Cabinet sets out the options for a full and comprehensive public consultation during the second half of this fall term in which everyone can make their voices heard and we will listen.
“I urge anyone interested to participate in the consultation so that as many views as possible can be expressed to inform the next steps.
“We remain fully committed to ensuring that all students have access to a high quality educational offer. “
Subject to approval, another report would be presented to Cabinet next spring, outlining the results of the consultation, including recommendations.
To read the Cabinet document in full, see below.
News shared by the Isle of Wight Council press office, in their own words. Ed
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