Heads form partnership for two-tier switch

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HEADTEACHERS from 18 schools in the Thurston area have joined forces to develop plans to switch to a two tier education system.

The partnership has met with representatives from Suffolk County Council to discuss how to move forward with the plans as soon as resources become available.

The changes will not start until at least September 2013 and would take at least a year to complete.

The new structure would give children the option to remain at their primary school until the end of year six and could then transfer directly to Thurston Community College for their secondary education. Formal consultation on the partnership proposal will be held as soon as possible and interested parties will be invited to public meetings.

Helen Wilson, principal of Thurston Community College, said: “Our proposal is consistent with the county council’s principles on school organisation and is strongly supported by the headteachers and governing bodies in our recently established ‘Thurston Partnership’, which comprises all 17 primary schools and the college. As soon as resources become available, a new structure will be introduced across the pyramid so that all children who currently attend any of our 17 primary schools including Woolpit, Rattlesden and Elmswell will be educated in a two tier system.”