Leading councillors have approved a controversial move to two tier education in Bury St Edmunds.
Suffolk County Council’s cabinet rubber-stamped the £23 million plans for the majority of schools in the area which includes closing St James, Hardwick, Howard and St Louis Catholic Middle Schools in August 2016.
It also backed the National Education Trust to set up a new 11-16 academy on Moreton Hall.
Notices will now be published outlining proposals for each school affected by the transition, which the public has four weeks to comment on.
The cabinet will consider any representations before making a final decision in April.
Bury would be the final area of the county to adopt two tier schooling - a move which education bosses say is necessary to improve attainment and bring Suffolk in line with the rest of the country.
However, concerns have been raised over the levl of funding for the transition and the risks to the education of children attending middle schools during the transition.
The break away Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, which includes Barrow Primary, Horringer Court and Westley Middles as well as County Upper, is operating under an all-through model of schooling.
For more details see Friday’s Bury Free Press.