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Consultation on school shake-up
Suffolk schools protest
Parents in Suffolk protested against the loss of middle schools
The first phase of consultations over the axing of middle schools in Suffolk has started.

People in the Lowestoft and Haverhill areas are being asked their views on how to bring in a two-tier system with just primary and high schools.

Suffolk County Council is asking for as many views as possible on how the plans will affect education in and around the two towns.

As part of the process there are consultation documents available.

In the Lowestoft area the proposal is to expand primary schools, close the eight middle schools and build a new high school in south Lowestoft.

The council says that many of the present middle school sites could be used for expanding primary schools, while others could be sold off.

'Public meetings'

In the Haverhill area, the expansion of primary schools would be accompanied by the closure of four middle schools.

As part of the consultation public meetings will be held across the area. The consultation ends on 19 January.

Other parts of Suffolk will be consulted later.

At present, while the urban parts of Suffolk are served by only high schools and primary schools, many of the rural areas also have middle schools.

The county council's School Review Panel last year recommended the introduction of a two-tier structure, but many parents opposed the plans.

SEE ALSO
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30 May 06 |  Suffolk
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01 Jan 06 |  Suffolk

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