Schools (Isle of Wight)

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 6:03 pm on 30th April 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight 6:03 pm, 30th April 2009

The petition of 2,058 signatures is by the villagers, parents and children of the Chale school and village community on the Isle of Wight.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Chale School and Village Community Association and supporters,

Declares that Chale Church of England Primary School must be retained within the village; further declares that this small rural school provides the perfect environment for local children to develop their full potential academically, together with social skills for future life within the community of the village; notes that the closure of the village school would necessitate children as young as four years old travelling up to 16 miles a day on an additional school bus; further notes that this would preclude parents from having daily interaction with teaching staff and settling their children into school each day, and that this would also impact upon children's opportunities to partake in after school activities; believes that the financial implications of providing this transport would eradicate any potential savings from the school closure; and further believes that closing the school would rip the heart out of the community, and undermine village life, causing young families to move away in order to live near a primary school.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to direct the Isle of Wight Council to abandon any plans to close Chale School.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

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