Four weeks left to take part in schools consultation in Bury St Edmunds

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Parents have four weeks left to take part in the consultation on plans to move to two tier education in Bury St Edmunds.

They have until December 13 to submit their views on the potential move which would see St James, Hardwick, Howard and St Louis Middle Schools close in 2016.

The School Organisation Review is part of Suffolk County Council’s bid to drive up attainment and standards.

So far hundreds of people have attended consultation events at various schools with further meetings due to be held at:

n St Benedict’s Catholic School on November 11

n All Saints Primary, in Lawshall, which includes Great Whelnetham, on November 12

n Westgate Primary on November 13

n Guildhall Feoffment Primary on November 14

n St Edmunds Catholic Primary on November 18

n Tollgate Primary on November 19

n Moreton Hall Community Centre about the new high school on November 25

n Ickworth Park Primary on November 26

n Risby Primary on November 27

n St Edmundsbury Primary on December 3

n St Louis Middle on December 4

All events start at 6.30pm.

Cllr Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “We have had a very good response to the consultation so far, and I’d like to thank those people who have put forward their views. I’d also like to extend my thanks to the head teachers of the affected schools who have been working with their staff to host the information events.

“The turnout at these events has been good and I’d recommend that anyone wishing to find out more about the proposals to come along to an upcoming event and take part in the discussion.”

A full online version of the consultation proposal can be viewed via:

Meanwhile, the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust which includes County Upper, Westley and Horringer Court Middles as well as Barrow Primary will hold a meeting about its all-through system on November 18 at the Apex at 6pm.