Catholic schools in Bury St Edmunds to join partnership in move to two tier education

St Benedict's Catholic School head teacher Hugh O'Neill
St Benedict's Catholic School head teacher Hugh O'Neill
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The three Catholic schools in Bury St Edmunds have joined a partnership designed to smooth the way to two tier education in the town.

St Edmundsbury Primary, St Louis Middle and St Benedict’s Catholic Schools have joined the Bury Schools Partnership.

As a result there are now 20 schools in the partnership which was set up to raise educational standards while overseeing the transition to two tier schooling in the town in 2016.

Hugh O’Neill, head at St Benedict’s, said: “We see opportunities to develop good relationships between schools that will help us work towards a really effective change to two tier and working across a wider group of schools than just within our own pyramid can only help. It will open up opportunities for training and experience for staff at the Catholic schools particularly those at St Louis Middle who might be looking to redeploy.”

Geoff Barton, head at King Edward VI School, said the partnership is now ‘one of the largest and most ambitious’ in the country. In his column in this week’s Bury Free Press, he said: “Working with a great team of colleagues in Hardwick, St James and St Louis Middle Schools, and across all the Partnership schools, we’re shaping a new educational vision which will give our children the best opportunities of their lives.”