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Suffolk: Public meeting debates proposed changes to middle schools

PUBLISHED: 11:34 04 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:34 04 February 2013

School pupils sitting exams

School pupils sitting exams

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PARENTS, councillors and teachers attended a meeting which discussed Suffolk County Council’s controversial plans to move to two-tier schooling.

The meeting, at Cedars Hotel, Stowmarket, was organised by Suffolk Action for Truth on SOR, which is calling on the council to pause its Schools Organisation Review in the Stowmarket and Stowupland area.

The group argues the council does not have enough money to properly fund the changes which will see three middle schools in the area close.

Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and young people, said: “Every single school in the Stowmarket and Stowupland areas, excluding the middle schools, is anxious to complete the programme and indeed promoted the proposal to the county council. You need only look at the most recent results in Haverhill and Lowestoft to see significant improvement in Key Stage Two results, following reorganisation.”

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