December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 7, 2013
Consultation on moving from three tier to two-tier education in Bury St Edmunds starts today.
The proposals include the closure of Howard Middle School, Hardwick Middle School and St James Middle School.
Parents and carers, pupils, school staff and governors and people in the area will have the chance to view the proposals and have their say between now and December 13.
Parents will receive a hard copy of the consultation proposal document directly from their schools and it is also available to view online.
The proposals have been developed by the county council, the Church of England and Catholic diocesan authorities and headteachers.
The consultation booklet provides details of how the proposals will affect each school and how, if proposals go ahead, a new high school will be needed.
People are also invited to attend one of the open events being held throughout the consultation period at the affected schools, with the first session taking place at St James Middle School on October 14.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “It’s vital there is thorough consultation on the School Organisation Review (SOR) process and that people feel they have all the information they need to be able to take part.
“This is a real opportunity for people to find out more about the proposals and how it will affect them, enabling them to put forward an informed opinion. I’d encourage anyone interested in the SOR process in the area to look over the consultation proposals and attend an upcoming event.”
The consultation events this month are at: St James Middle School on October 14, Hardwick Middle School on October 15, Howard Middle School on October 17, Riverwalk on October 23 and Sextons Manor CP School on October 24. Events for the remaining schools are taking place in November.
A full online version of the consultation proposal will be available from 6am today and can be viewed at http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/your-council/decision-making/consultations/consultation-school-organisation-review-in-the-bury-area/
More information about the Bury St Edmunds SOR process can be viewed at
A consultation on Catholic schools in the area is running at the same time.