Heads agree a way ahead for two-tier schools

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HEADTEACHERS have agreed to move to two-tier models of education across all schools in Bury St Edmunds.

The decision was unanimously made at a meeting at King Edward VI School, which involved 27 primary, middle, upper and special school heads with representatives from Suffolk County Council and MP David Ruffley.

Details enabling the change will be drawn up by county council officers and the earliest possible date for implementation is likely to be September 2016.

Schools in the Catholic pyramid will continue with their plans, subject to the outcomes of a public consultation.

A statement from the Bury St Edmunds Partnership of Schools said: “As plans for the schools are developed by officers, they will be put out for formal consultation to governors and parents and other interested parties.”

Headteachers say the move will remove ‘uncertainty’ after the county council announced it would have to plan Bury’s switch to two- tier education in a different way following doubts over Government funding.

Geoff Barton, of King Edward VI, said: “For people working in middle schools and parents whose children are in or heading to middle school, it starts to give some sense of clarity of what’s going to happen and reassurance that they are not going to disappear overnight.”

Tania Johnson, of Horringer Court Middle School, which is to become an academy as part of an ‘umbrella trust’ with Westley Middle and County Upper, said: “The statement says two-tier models plural which includes ours and our two tier model is years one to four and five to 13.”