Deadline for views on SOR are being sought

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People are being urged to make sure they have their say as the deadline for the Schools Organisation review approaches.

Suffolk County Council is urging everyone to take part before the six week consultation closes next Friday.

Consultation events have been held for 24 schools with more than 1,000 people taking part and more than 2,000 comments made.

The proposals, if implemented, will see the whole of Suffolk move into a two tier system with the Bury St Edmunds area being the final stage of this process.

Under the changes the Bury Schools Partnership will evolve into a two tier system of schooling with primary schools expanding to take on children aged 9-11.

However the creation of an all through system by the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust means that two middle schools will remain operational - Hardwick and Westley.

This move has caused anxiety over adequate places for children from the Howard estate who would have previously fed into County Upper through Howard Middle School which is to close.

The County also proposed that a new secondary school is built on Moreton Hall which will be run as an academy by one of three potential providers who recently gave presentations about what they would bring to local education.

The SOR proposals have been developed by the county council, Church of England and Catholic Diocese. Full information on this can be seen at

Councillor Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “With only one week left of the consultation period it is vital that anyone interested in the future of education in the Bury St Edmunds area take part and submit their views.

“We have had a tremendous response to the information events but now we need to capture people’s views on the proposals through the survey.

“It’s very easy to take part. People can do so online, via email or by post and we really do value everyone’s opinions. The responses we receive will inform any decisions made regarding the future of education in the Bury St Edmunds area.”

The online version of the consultation proposal can be seen on

You can send postal responses to SOR Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk County Council, FREEPOST, 
RTAC-HSKL-CSAY, Ipswich, IP1 2EB or email