Posts tagged ‘Schools’

Isle of Wight behind on GCSEs

GCSE students on the Island are still lagging behind their national counterparts.

Figures show 41.6 per cent of Island students achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths, compared to 41.3 per cent last year and 50.7 per cent nationally.

Of local education authority-run schools, Carisbrooke High was top performer, with 51 per cent of students reaching the benchmark standard. (more…)


January 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

CHALE SCHOOL: Refusal Recommended for Federation Proposal

Regular VentnorBlog readers will remember that in October last year, Chale School were given a last chance to try to save their school from closure (as a result of the massive school reorganisation).

The Isle of Wight Council permitted them a two month period to put together a proposal for federation. As many readers will be aware, the village have been battling hard to save their primary school, which they say will rip the heart out of the community if it is lost. Federation could be the lifeline for the school as it would mean the site would continue to operate for age 4-7 year olds. (more…)

January 8, 2010 at 11:20 am Leave a comment


An email sent to all council staff on Tuesday evening – as snow was falling on the Island – in which the council stated, “If anyone is unable to get into work due to bad weather, this time must be taken as annual leave or flexi time.”

Seemingly at odds is the council advice to Islanders not to make journeys unless absolutely necessary, while their still-standing advice to council staff is that they will have to knock days off their own holiday allowance if they can’t make it to work. (more…)

January 7, 2010 at 11:04 am Leave a comment


People who responded to the Council’s questionnaire are realising that their views are not being taken seriously as the council chooses to use their representations to press for a two tier system which under the Councils model will lead to the closure of many rural primary schools and the creation of much larger schools all round including 1800 place secondary schools that are almost twice the size of what are accepted as reasonable in most other local authorities.

Whilst 88% of respondents thought it was “fairly or very important to retain schools within local communities” and 80% thought it was “fairly or very important to reduce the need for younger pupil travel”, these views were not reflected in the Council’s press release or mentioned by Alan Wells in his early morning statement broadcast on Isle of Wight Radio. Instead he chose to use the questionnaire result as a vote of confidence in Option 3. (more…)

December 6, 2009 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment


Research released by SNT on their website shows that the council tax payer may need to find £2.4m each year as a result of plans to close schools on the Isle of Wight.

SNT are challenging Alan Wells’ statement published in the County Press and say closing small schools will do almost nothing to improve spend per head figures. The research shows that overall, only £34 will be released for each child, amounting to just £612,448 saved each year. Extraordinarily that is less than 10p per child per day. (more…)

December 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment


Any of you living in a ward represented by these people?

Please do everything you can to remind the electorate of the dangers of block voting

Ivan Bulwer Binstead / Fishbourne

Richard Hollis Parkhurst

Susan Jane Scoccia Ventnor West

Allowance To Triple

David G. Williams Shanklin Central

John Vere Hobart Carisbrooke

Jerry White Lake

David Pugh Needs to go aswell!

We need informed independents, not idiots reading from a pre-determined script so they can sing in unison. Expose them and the damage they’ve done to our school system and our eco island image (the one thing that could resurrect the Island economy long term).

Get them out and watch how this island progresses/regenerates

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