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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.

Council prosecuted over grandmother's death

A jury's been told a council failed to carry out the required risk assessments at a Suffolk fairground where a grandmother was killed by a horse.

Carole Bullett, 57, died after being hit by an out-of-control horse and carriage at Nowton Park in June 2011.

The Health and Safety Executive is prosecuting St Edmundsbury Borough Council for breaching health and safety laws. Serena Sandhu reports.

Norovirus causes ward closure

The West Suffolk Hospital
The West Suffolk Hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

One of the region's hospitals has had to close a ward following an outbreak of Norovirus.

Eight patients at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds have shown symptoms.

Staff are urging visitors who've experienced diarrhoea or vomiting to stay away from the hospital for at least 72 hours after they've recovered, even if they feel better.

Information wanted after attempted rail cable theft

Detectives are appealing for information after an attempted theft of rail cable near Bury St. Edmunds.

More than seventy metres of cable was found to have been cut, but not taken, close to Elmswell Station on Wednesday.

A grey Mitsubishi Shogun was seen abandoned near the scene two days earlier, which police say could have been used to access the line.

Although train services were not disrupted, investigators want to speak to anybody who may have seen anything suspicious to help them trace the offenders.

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Man found guilty of Mary Roberts murder

Andrew Ratcliffe has been found guilty of Mary Roberts' murder.
Andrew Ratcliffe has been found guilty of Mary Roberts' murder. Credit: Suffolk Police

A man has today been found guilty of murder following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

The trial was in relation to the murder of 50-year-old Mary Roberts who was formerly from Long Melford in Suffolk.

Mary's body was found in a car park in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, at around 9am on Wednesday 27 March.
Mary's body was found in a car park in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, at around 9am on Wednesday 27 March. Credit: Suffolk Police

Mary's body was found in a car park in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, at around 9am on Wednesday 27 March.

That afternoon officers arrested a man, 56 year old, Andrew Ratcliffe from Petch Close in the town on suspicion of Mary Roberts’ murder and he was subsequently charged in May.

Andrew Ratcliffe (circled in red) and Mary Roberts (circled in yellow) outside the St Edmunds Tavern.
Andrew Ratcliffe (circled in red) and Mary Roberts (circled in yellow) outside the St Edmunds Tavern.

The jury heard that Ratcliffe had spent the evening of the 26th March with Mary at the St Edmunds Tavern before going to the smoking area of the car park and applying pressure to her neck.

She then collapsed and died.

Ratcliffe is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

Men arrested over female body found in Suffolk

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found at a house in Suffolk.

Suffolk Police were called to the property in Bury St Edmunds at 10.20am on Sunday.

A 49-year-old man was arrested on Sunday morning and a second man, aged 22, was arrested on Sunday night.

They are both in custody at the Bury St Edmunds police investigation centre.

The incident occurred in Anselm Avenue.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on the victim and police have notified next of kin.

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