‘Not opposed to two tier’

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THE headteacher of a middle school which is preparing to convert to academy status has pledged that it is just a short-term solution.

Sally Holmes, Stowmarket Middle School headteacher, said that it was a seven year agreement and not a move against the planned county-wide reorganisation to a two tier system, allaying fears expressed by many people, including MP David Ruffley.

She was addressing councillors at a Mid Suffolk District Council scrutiny committee meeting, held last Thursday, in light of the academy move being taken by Stowmarket Middle School, Needham Market Middle School and Combs Middle School – due to begin operating as academies from November 1.

Mrs Holmes said: “As middle schools we are not opposed to the two tier system.”

She said that keeping middle schools running for the time-being is ‘the best way forward for all the children in Stowmarket’ as a ‘breathing gap’ until funding is secured to improve facilities at primary and high schools for a larger intake of students.

The committee agreed to monitor progress and to plan for a future review.