Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: School re-organisation confirmed by county council

17:35 10 June 2014

Cabinet member Gordon Jones.

Cabinet member Gordon Jones.

Archant

Most schools in the Bury St Edmunds area will be converted to a two-tier system by September 2016, the county council cabinet has confirmed.

shares

Yesterday’s cabinet meeting confirmed the orders that will see the closure of most middle schools in the town with King Edward VI Upper being converted into an 11-18 school.

County Upper School and three others – Horringer and Westley Middle Schools and Barrow Primary School – are now part of the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust and do not support a move to a two-tier structure.

They are likely to end up as the only three-tier state schools left in Suffolk by the end of 2016.

Cabinet member Gordon Jones proposed the changes at yesterday’s meeting – education spokeswoman Lisa Chambers was unwell and unable to attend – and said there was clear support among most people who had responded to the consultation in Bury St Edmunds.

There were concerns, especially from people living on the Howard Estate, whose children could find it more challenging to get a place at the nearby County Upper School as a result of the changes.

However this was the last area of the county to undergo the School Organisation Review – and the issues thrown up by the changes to the education system nationally showed how important it was to get on with the process.

He was backed up by previous education spokesman Graham Newman who had overseen earlier phases of the School Organisation Review: “Schools that have converted from three to two-tier are those which have shown the greatest improvement in their results.”

Labour education spokeswoman Sonia Barker represents a division in Lowestoft which was the first area of the county to go through the schools’ reorganisation said it was vital that there were enough resources.

She said: “The shake up in the schools needs to take account of the impact on teachers. You have to remember that the brilliant sixth form teachers also teach classes down the school.

“When we had the sixth form centre, many of the better teachers went there and we ended up with two out of the four high schools in special measures.

“There is a problem that with all the resources being put into schools in London all the best young enthusiastic teachers will be sucked there – we have to come up with pay packages that can attract the best teachers to this area.”

Her group leader, Sandy Martin, warned that the existence of the Academy Trust could lead to two standards of state education in Bury St Edmunds.

The confirmation of the orders means that this September will be the last year that the middle schools will take on new students.

Next year there will be no new pupils transferring and from 2016 there will be a direct transfer from primary schools to high schools.

The cabinet also confirmed the closure of Stoke Ash Primary School at the end of the term – it has only three pupils following an Ofsted report which marked it as inadequate and put it into special measures.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Firefighters tackle blaze

Fire crews from Woodbridge, Holbrook and Princess Street in Ipswich were called to a shed fire which had cylinders stored inside at 3.30pm today.

Fire fighters

Crews from Bury St Edmunds and Elmswell were sent to a reports of a fire in Thedwastre Road today.

The thatched house in Langham which was badly damaged by a fire.

A blaze at a thatched cottage in a village near the Suffolk/Essex border tackled by firefighters for around seven hours overnight has left a family homeless.

Leiston and District Swimming Club relay teams

A swimming club sent 27 members to a county-wide championship – with more finalists than ever before.

Gena Moore from Nelson’s Journey with Simon and Anne Beckett-Allen of Rosedale Funeral Home

A funeral home with branches in north Suffolk has continued its support for local bereaved children by commissioning a doll’s house style church to help support workers explain what happens at a funeral.

Felixstowe Road Runners

Runners from Suffolk and Essex will once again be flocking to the Capital, this weekend, to take part in the 35th staging of the London Marthon.

Man wanted in connection with a burglary at Playford Court in Sudbury

CCTV images of a man wanted over thefts from properties at sheltered housing complexes in Sudbury.

Cyclists taking part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride for children's charity Action Medical Research in 2012

More than 1,300 cyclists are expected to line up for the start of a fundraising ride through the Suffolk countryside in just over a fortnight.

MRSA rates revealed

Drastic measures to tackle potentially life-threatening bugs have significantly reduced outbreaks in our hospitals, an investigation has found.

Police remain outside The Bull pub in Haverhill after an earlier stabbing.

A man was stabbed in Haverhill in the early hours of this morning.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages