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Felixstowe: New 600-place community school moves a step closer

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 May 2012 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 May 2012

Yvonne Chatt, Andrew Tink, David Rowe, Brian Clark, Anna Tink, Emma Currie.

Yvonne Chatt, Andrew Tink, David Rowe, Brian Clark, Anna Tink, Emma Currie.

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THE prospect of a new Felixstowe Community School has moved a big step closer today after the Department for Education agreed to interview the team behind the bid.

The meeting will be held in just three weeks’ time, and if Whitehall officials give final approval the new school could take over the old Deben High School building on Garrison Lane from September 2013 and cater for 500 to 600 children.

The directors behind the bid – made up of local parents and supporters for the school – will be interviewed on May 24, with the final outcome announced by July.

News that the DfE wanted to learn more of the project was only revealed last night, and those involved said they were “delighted”.

Anna Tink, one of the directors behind the project, said: “We are delighted with this outcome. Felixstowe is a wonderful place, we want to see it thrive and one step in achieving this is to reduce the number of parents sending their children to schools outside the town.

“We want to see Felixstowe as a centre of educational excellence and strongly believe that a choice of secondary education will help the future prosperity of the town.”

Now the team behind Felixstowe Community School is calling for parents and the community to assist with the next stage by signing up at www.felixstowecommunityschool.com to show their support or visiting a drop-in session organised for May 18.

Felixstowe Community School was formed by six members of the local community - Yvonne Chatt, Brian Clark, Emma Currie, David Rowe, Andrew Tink and Anna Tink - and the application was only submitted to the DfE in February.

The group says it wants to develop a friendly, welcoming environment for learners of all abilities - creating a school where there will be personalised learning plans tailored to each pupil’s needs and aspirations.

Ms Tink said: “We have worked really hard to get this far and now we need support from the local community to ensure the success of the school.

“We are holding a drop-in session at Felixstowe Library on 18th May and would urge anyone interested to come along and find out more. If you can’t make the meeting please still get in touch as we really want this to be a community led school.”

The drop-in session will take place upstairs at Felixstowe Library from 4.30-7pm on Friday May 18. For more details, visit www.felixstowecommunityschool.com, email: info@felixstowecommunityschool.com or call: 07948 412171.


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