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More than 800 signatures collected for SOR petition

Trevor Bluett, Jane McDonald, Ernie Broom, Bernie Miller and Suzanne Bluett hand in their petition at St Edmundsbury Borough Council ANL-140422-172116001

Trevor Bluett, Jane McDonald, Ernie Broom, Bernie Miller and Suzanne Bluett hand in their petition at St Edmundsbury Borough Council ANL-140422-172116001

A group campaigning for an education expert to be called in to scrutinise the School Organisation Review (SOR) has delivered more than 800 signatures in a petition to the council.

Community action group Best for Bury, which opposes plans for two-tier education in Bury St Edmunds, want a schools adjudicator to come in to review the decision made by Suffolk County Council in February.

Ernie Broom, part of the group and chairman of Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants, said the council had used ‘bullying tactics’ to force through the plans.

“What has happened is they have pushed through this idea and they are not listening to us or the parents,” he said.
“They have promoted the idea that this is a done deal.”

The group feel an all-through school model would have been the better solution.

Parent Kate McDonald, who has children at St James’ Middle School, said: “We are going to lose around 300 places each year in church-based schools.

“Really, we want someone to come down here who is totally independent to scrutinise the decision.”

The final round of consulation on the move to two- tier ended this week with a final decision due to me made shortly.

A spokesman for the council said there was a conclusive majority in favour of the switch to two-tier schooling. He said: “We’re currently compiling the comments that were put forward during the statutory notice period; cabinet will consider these in detail when it makes its final informed decision as to whether the reorganisation in Bury should go ahead.”

 

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