One of the architects of Suffolk’s move to two tier education which has seen the closure of middle schools is to leave his post.
Phil Whiffing, assistant director of school organisation and infrastructure at Suffolk County Council, plans to leave the authority to embark on a new career path.
He has helped oversee the county’s transition to two tier schooling, dubbed the School Organisation Review (SOR), which the authority says is needed to improve educational standards.
Bury St Edmunds is awaiting the results of a 10 week consultation on £22 million plans to move to two tier with recommendations due to be discussed by the authority’s cabinet on Tuesday February 25.
A council spokesman said: “Phil Whiffing initially planned on spending six years with the Suffolk County Council on arrival, to then explore other new opportunities when the time came.
“Six and a half years later those opportunities were presented and Phil is now making plans to leave Suffolk County Council to embark on his chosen career path.”