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Consultation on changes to Purbeck school system

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It was originally feared that some schools would have to close

Residents in Purbeck in Dorset are being invited to have their say on the future of primary schools in the area.

Dorset County Council has agreed in principle plans to change Purbeck from a three-tier to a two-tier system to shed 1,000 excess places.

A consultation on revised plans for Swanage and Wool runs until 6 April.

Plans include St Mary's Catholic and Wool CE VA First schools in Wool, and all four first schools in Swanage and Langton Matravers becoming primaries.

Caused anger

The proposal would see St Mark's moving to the Swanage middle school site and St George's remaining in Langton Matravers.

The council is also consulting on whether Bere Regis should become part of the Lytchett Minster pyramid of schools.

The first draft of the plans caused anger among parents last year by suggesting St George's in Langton Matravers could be closed.

Drop-in sessions on the new plans are being held across Purbeck during March.

Toni Coombs, Dorset County Council's cabinet member for children's services, said: "We listened to local people and took on board feedback given during the first round of consultation.

"We believe these new proposals for primary education in Swanage and Wool will address many of the concerns raised.

"They will also allow us to remove the majority of surplus places and meet the needs of a 21st Century curriculum, so that the pupils' education in Purbeck can thrive."



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