Call in for Schools Organisation Review fails after Suffolk County Council Scrutiny meeting

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Suffolk County Council is to plough ahead with its schools reorganisation in the west of the county after a failed bid by Labour councillors to look again at the controversial scheme.

A meeting of the Scrutiny Committee at Endeavour House in Ipswich today rejected the call-in by Labour councillors.

The county will now go ahead with re-publishing statutory notices which will be followed by a further four weeks’ consultation before the final decision is made.

A heated meeting heard concerns at the effects of the review which, if it goes ahead, will lead to the creation of two systems of schooling in Bury St Edmunds, the all through Academy Trust feeding into County Upper School and the Bury Schools Partnership feeding into King Edward V1.

The Bury St Edmunds schools are the last of those in Suffolk to undergo reorganisation, providing a primary system for five to 11 years and a secondary system from 11 years upwards, doing away with the middle school tier.

The news comes in a week when the new privately run Free School in Brandon, IES Breckland, in the former Breckland Middle School building was placed in special measures after a damning Ofsted report.

See Friday’s Bury Free Press for full reports.