Planned education shake-up

A meeting regarding a proposed switch to a two-tier education system in Bury St Edmunds has taken place.

Bury school argues for All-through system

The County Upper Academy Trust in Bury St Edmunds is arguing that All-through schools, which teach children from 5 to 18, are the answer to Suffolk's education problems.

The County Council is proposing to make schools in Bury St Edmunds two-tier, like the rest of the county.

"All-through is the forward looking model.

"It obviously looks after the student from the minute they start school right through until they leave school.

"It allows the curriculum and the assessment to be co-ordinated, so there are in effect no transitions, and in fact one child said to us, its just like moving a classroom."

– Vicky Neale, County Upper School Headteacher

Academy Trust fight's Council's two-tier plans for Bury

Suffolk's Education standards were slammed by Ofsted earlier this month, and now a row has broken out in the county, about how best to raise them.

The County Upper Academy Trust in Bury St Edmunds is arguing that All-through schools which teach children from 5 to 18 are the answer - and are opposing the Council's proposal to make Bury, Two Tier like the rest of the county.

Lisa Chambers, from Suffolk County Council, is keen to hear from both sides of the argument.

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Bury school system shake-up

A meeting regarding a proposed switch to a two-tier education system in Bury St Edmunds is due to take place later today.
A meeting regarding a proposed switch to a two-tier education system in Bury St Edmunds is due to take place later today. Credit: ITV Anglia

A meeting regarding a proposed switch to a two-tier education system in Bury St Edmunds is due to take place later today.

Suffolk County Council wants to initiate the change after introducing the system in other parts of the county.

Bury St Edmunds currently has a three-tier system, and the town's middle schools currently all hold good or above Ofsted ratings.

If the plans are successful, the County Council will aim to close all middle schools in the town.