County council bosses offer assurances over availability of secondary school places in Bury St Edmunds

Phil Whiffing, assistant director for School Organisation and Infrastructure at Suffolk County Council
Phil Whiffing, assistant director for School Organisation and Infrastructure at Suffolk County Council
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Education bosses at Suffolk County Council have assured parents there will be places for pupils at nearby secondary schools in Bury St Edmunds.

Phil Whiffing, assistant director for School Organisation and Infrastructure, said: “I wouldn’t want to plan a system which meant you transport children from the middle of the town upto Moreton Hall.”

It follows concerns by parents on the Howard Estate that they will not get a place at County Upper School because it gives priority to pupils in the Bury Academy Trust.

Mr Whiffing said once they know the admission arrangements for the new school at Moreton Hall, they can work to change King Edward VI School’s catchment. He said: “If you give one group of parents a priority another group will get lower priority so there are balances there. We will have to take an overview once we know the size, age range and locations of the schools.”

A public meeting is at Moreton Hall Community Centre on Monday Nov 25 with the prospective providers of the new school. The SOR consultation runs to Dec 13. Visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/sor