Mixed reaction to adjucicator’s decision

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Very well done to everyone who has supported St Louis and our other local middle schools (Bury Free Press, December 23).

Any intelligent person who considers all the facts objectively will come to the same decision as the adjudicator. Indeed, many of us have made the same points about the sham consultation, the waste of scarce money, the problems of having schools on split sites, the adverse effect the disruption has on standards and, of course, that by the end of children’s time at middle schools the standards and successes of the system are there for all to see. Any change to what we have at the moment would only work with adequate funding.

It is time to find another way forward before a whole generation of young people have been let down.

Denise Pine,

Bury St Edmunds.

n I was surprised and disappointed to learn that the School Adjudicator had overturned the plans for the reorganisation of Catholic Deanery Schools in West Suffolk.

The Deanery is a collection of parishes – in Newmarket, Thetford, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds. St Louis School was a central part of that pyramid.

For nearly 20 years I served as a governor of Catholic schools endeavouring to promote, preserve and protect Catholic education in West Suffolk.

The decision to prevent the progress to a two-tier system for the pyramid seems to be divisive as it risks shattering the whole structure.

No-one wanted to see the end of St Louis, which is a fantastic school – but so are all the other pyramid schools. Like others I was concerned about staff – but now I am even more so – as teachers in a middle school they are going to become even more professionally isolated as there simply are no other middle schools in the rest of the country.

I know that I am not alone in being very worried by the long term implications of this for our faith, our deanery community, our children and our teachers.

Alison Flath,

Westgarth Gardens,

Bury St Edmunds.