Row after council bosses omit details of Bury Academy Trust from admissions letter

Richard Fletcher, chairman of governors at County Upper School ANL-140907-170446001
Richard Fletcher, chairman of governors at County Upper School ANL-140907-170446001
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A row has broken out after council bosses omitted details of the break-away Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust from a letter outlining pupil admissions in the wake of a controversial education shake-up.

The letter to parents from Suffolk County Council failed to provide information about how children can transfer into the all through trust.

The town now faces two different systems of education with part of Bury transferring to two-tier schooling following the closure of middle schools in 2016 ,when children at the age of 11 will move into senior education at King Edward VI and a new secondary school to be built on Moreton Hall.

The other system involves schools which have joined the Academy Trust which would feed into County Upper School.

This is an all-through system which keeps Westley and Horringer Court Middle Schools.

The letter, while stating there will be no changes to admissions for the trust schools does not give adequate information, according to parents who want their children to move across to the trust in Year 5.

Richard Fletcher, chairman of the Bury Academy Trust, has written to Suffolk County Council stating the letter would cause ‘concern and confusion’ and asking the county to issue another letter.

He said: “For the sake of completeness, the original letter should have made it clear that there will be admission to Horringer Court and Westley for pupils at Year 5 in all the years referred to in that letter and those pupils will then follow the all-through route into County Upper in Year 9.

“Parents will be able to apply for these places via an admissions system operated by Suffolk County Council and, throughout the consultation period, the council stressed that it was good for parents to have this choice. Therefore, it seems only fair to the parents affected that they are fully informed and able to make the appropriate choices for their children.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “We’ve spoken to the Academy Trust and the Diocese, both of which have asked us to share more information about the various admissions options available to pupils in Bury St Edmunds.

“We’re happy to do this and will be sending out to parents and carers this additional information before the end of term.”

n See letters – Page 26.