Bury St Edmunds: School closure parents welcome letter from diocese

PARENTS at a popular middle school faced with closure have welcomed a letter from Catholic education chiefs explaining their decision.

Staff, parents and students at St Louis Middle School, in Bury St Edmunds, were stunned to discover the top-performing school, rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted last year, was set to close in 2013.

The East Anglian Daily Times launched a campaign to Save St Louis when the East Anglian Diocesan Schools’ Service announced in November the middle school would close to become part of a two-tier catholic system, four years ahead of the rest of Bury.

But in a letter sent out to parents yesterday, the Diocesan Schools’ Service Commission (DSSC) admitted the announcement could have been handled “differently”.

Rachel Gudi, a parent who is campaigning to save the school, said she was pleased the diocese had spoken.

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“It is good to have some information and to recognise that things could have been handled a bit more sensitively the first time around,” she said.

In the letter, the DSSC set out a time line for a formal consultation into the proposal to close St Louis as a middle school.

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The dates of three meetings this month at which parents can question diocesan education chiefs about the move were also set out.

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