Island whirl

22nd April 2005 at 01:00
(Photograph) - One of only three private schools on the Isle of Wight has won an 11th-hour reprieve. The pound;2,925-a-year Priory school was faced with closure after being told its new pound;1m premises in Shanklin, where all 109 pupils were moved to after outgrowing a previous home, was unfit because it failed to meet fire regulations. Children were sent home on Monday and Katherine D'Costa, headteacher and owner, above, was told she faced prosecution if lessons continued. But the local council has reviewed the decision and allowed the school to reopen following improvement works.

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