Find out more about plans for education at public drop-in sessions

Published: 17 April 2024

Children being taught in the classroom. Photo: Getty Images

The Isle of Wight Council is holding a series of public drop-in sessions which will focus on improving education provision and how school place planning is undertaken.

The sessions will look at the high numbers of surplus places that currently exist across the primary sector and the further increase that is forecast for future years.

Council officers will discuss the significant impacts that not managing the surplus has on the schools themselves and children’s education.

The events are taking place within the context of the development of a new education strategy for the Island which will address all aspects of the system and how we can improve the quality of education on the Isle of Wight.

These public events are open to everyone and offer valuable insights into the challenges faced by our local education system. The drop-ins are taking place across the Island as this is a ‘whole Island’ issue and potentially has an impact on all education providers.

Residents will hear about how data is collected and used to forecast pupil places, and also about how the shortfall in pupil places in schools affects academic outcomes, school budgets and recruitment.

These sessions are an information sharing opportunity to provide context and raise awareness about the local educational opportunities and challenges. 

They will be open to discussion, ideas and suggestions. All who are interested in education on the Island are welcome and encouraged to attend and share their views. We expect there to be related formal consultations later in the year, after specific proposals have been developed. 

Residents who wish to attend a drop-in session are advised to book in advance to guarantee a space and further information on how to do that can be found on the council's website.

Upcoming public drop-in sessions: 

  • Monday 15 April, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR, 9am to 11am and 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Thursday 18 April, Freshwater Memorial Hall, PO40 9UU, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Monday 22 April, Ryde Academy, PO33 3LN, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Wednesday 24 April, Cowes Enterprise College, PO31 8HB, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Thursday 25 April, The Bay (secondary site), PO36 9JH, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Wednesday 1 May, Wroxall Community Centre, PO38 3DP, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.