Yarmouth Community Foundation

The Yarmouth Community Foundation Bid for the Yarmouth Primary School Site

The Yarmouth based Herapath Shenton Trust (HST) have partnered with Maritime Archaeology Trust (MAT) to create the Yarmouth Community Foundation (YCF), a charity, for the express purposes of holding the former Yarmouth Primary School for community and educational use in perpetuity.

This new foundation has put in a substantial bid to the Isle of Wight council for the school site. If successful we will consult and work with all members of the local and IOW community to develop our plans for the benefit of education, local needs, housing, jobs and community use in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

The Vision

The Maritime Archaeology Trust currently runs the long established and successful Isle of Wight Shipwreck Centre (SWC) at Arreton Barns. It will re-locate this to the Yarmouth school buildings as an anchor tenant of the Yarmouth Community Foundation to ensure sustainability by establishing a new leading centre of excellence for Maritime Archaeology in the UK.

The Yarmouth Community Foundation will work with partners to develop social housing (subject to planning), along with education, cultural, small enterprise and community group uses including the Scouts and Guides.

For any further information or enquiries please contact: ycf@maritimearchaeologytrust.org



Through the work of the MAT, education will continue to be a primary use of the Yarmouth School site.


It is recognised that there is an acute shortage of social housing in the area and that part of this site will be allocated for a small social housing project . We will work with partners to develop a scheme for this, subject to planning.

Community partners and opportunity for tenants


Jobs/Economic Impact

It is anticipated that there will be at least 6 jobs at the MAT site and that new employment opportunities will emerge with other tenant partners. There will be economic benefit to the local area from visitors, tourism and other users to the town of Yarmouth.


If you would like to be notified when there is any news on the bid, or you would like to send us your thoughts, comments or suggestions on the proposed Yarmouth School Site development please use this link: Click Here

Please join us for an open meeting where the bid will be presented at 7pm on Tuesday 19th September 2023 at Community Hall of Yarmouth and District St James' Street, Yarmouth, PO41 0NU. All welcome.

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