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Beck Row Primary Academy: Proposal to close school and merge it with Great Heath in Mildenhall is dropped




A proposal to merge close Beck Row's only school and merge it with Great Heath Primary Academy in Mildenhall appears to have been dropped.

A letter from Claire Pritchard, chief operating officer of the Academy Transformation Trust - which manages both schools, confirmed the news today (Tuesday, July 16).

This read: "The proposed project has been withdrawn. We received some valuable feedback from the community which led into this consideration.

"We feel this is the sensible decision."

Parents had protested the planned closure
Parents had protested the planned closure

Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) was in early stages of a pilot scheme alongside the Department for Edcuation's property wing LocatED. This could see up to 20 UK school sites modified to free up land for thousands of homes.

Read more: Matt Hancock opposes plan to close Beck Row Primary Academy

But one of those will not now Beck Row - much to the delight of the academy's children and parents, who had campaigned to keep it open.

Sarah Mower, who started a petition to save the school, was grateful to hear the news.

She said: "Discussions with ATT showed this was only the very beginnings of a proposal.

"The leak obviously escalated the feelings of parents and the community. They have evaluated the initial proposal in more depth and have thankfully reached the right decision not to take further."


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