Middle school decision call in rejected

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A bid by councillors to get a decision to axe middle schools scrutinised has been rejected.

The Liberal Democrats wanted Suffolk County Council’s scrutiny committee to analyse the recent move to switch to two tier education in Stowmarket and Stowupland.

They believed the Conservative led authority had ‘focused too much on school structures rather than addressing the real issue of school performance in Suffolk’.

However, the council’s monitoring officer turned down their request.

A spokesman for the authority said: “In this case, the monitoring officer has found that information addressing to all of the grounds of the call in was in fact contained in the cabinet report, or previous reports, and the decision is in line with previous decisions.

“His conclusion is that the cabinet did have sufficient information before them in order to make a sound decision. The call in has therefore been rejected.”

For full details see Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper.