Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 18°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Academy schools hit back at MP’s claim they are not co-operating with restructure

13:00 30 January 2014

Academy schools hit back at MP

Academy schools hit back at MP's comments

Academy schools hit back at claim they are not co-operating with restructure

shares

A group of schools which are outside education reorganisation plans in the Bury St Edmunds area have refuted claims by an MP they have refused to co-operate with the move to abolish middle schools.

The Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust (BSEAT) is made up of County Upper School, Westley Middle and Horringer Court Middle Schools which are academies and Barrow CEVC Primary which is not an academy.

Suffolk County Council’s plans for other schools in the Bury area to move to a two-tier education system were consulted on at the end of last year.

Last week Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley met with headteachers of primary schools in the Bury Schools Partnership, which backs the move to the new structure.

He said in a statement: “The move to two tier in the Bury area has been complicated by the refusal of three academies to co-operate and go along with the democratic decision to abolish middle schools across the whole of Suffolk - a decision that 99% of my primary school heads implemented.”

But Dr Richard Fletcher, chairman of the BSEAT, said: “As part of the ‘democratic’ process the local authority has been consulting about its proposed change to two tier in Bury St Edmunds. No decision has yet been taken on this change.

“The BSEAT has not refused to co-operate but has engaged actively with the consultation process, despite being effectively excluded by the local authority.”

Previously the EADT reported that County Upper headteacher Vicky Neale was prevented from addressing the public at a consultation event at Howard Middle School last year.

Phil Whiffing, of Suffolk County Council, had said he wanted all the meetings to be in the same format.

Dr Fletcher said the formation of the academy trust was supported by both the local authority and Mr Ruffley.

He said: “The School Organisation Review (SOR) allows for both ‘two-tier’ and ‘all-through’ models of education. The BSEAT has always made it clear that we believe ‘all-through’ is the best approach and is already producing outstanding results in Bury St Edmunds with no need for expensive and distracting re-organisation.”

shares

0 comments

Crews attended the fire

Firefighters were called to a fire at a field in Whepstead, near Bury St Edmunds.

POlice attended to the incident

Police were called to a crash involving two cars in Felixstowe this evening.

Centenarian Norman Bennett arrives in style at his 100th birthday party held at Cransford Village Hall.

A sprightly centenarian has celebrated his 100th birthday with a party in the community.

Cilla Black has died at her holiday home in Spain.

Television personality and singer Cilla Black has died in Spain at the age of 72.

Firefighters attended the incident

Firefighters were called to a motorcycle fire in Bungay this morning.

Families enjoyed the good weather  at The Oaks Primary School funday.
L-R Princess Elsa ( Gemma Williams), Kirsty and Alice Tierney-Jones, Tara Ashton.

More than £760 has been raised for two good causes at a fun day at Oaks Community Primary School in Ipswich on Saturday.

Demolition work continues at Ipswich police station.

Another substantial section of Ipswich’s former police station has come as demolition contractors were able to close part of Civic Drive on Sunday to carry out the work.

The steam engine 'road run' sets off from Acton.

Around 20 vintage steam engines took to the highways of west Suffolk and north Essex this weekend for a special anniversary road trip.

View from Princes Street Bridge

Police in Ipswich closed a street in the town earlier this morning while they dealt with a man who they thought might jump from a bridge.

Lord Deben John Gummer, Christine Block, from Deben Estuary Partnership, Karen Thomas, from Water Management Alliance, Graham Henderson, from DEP, Simon Amstutz, from AONB, Therese Coffey MP, David Kemp from the Environment Agency, and Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Andy Smith gathered to launch the Deben Estuary Plan.

Three years of work have created a new community-led blueprint to protect and manage one of Suffolk’s treasures, the River Deben estuary

Most read

Topic pages