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Majority in favour of primary school changes in Purbeck

11 May 10 12:06 GMT

A majority of people who responded to a consultation on primary school system in Dorset are in favour of planned changes, council chiefs have said.

The council is planning to change Purbeck from a three-tier to a two-tier system to shed 1,000 excess places.

The first draft of the plans caused anger among parents and were changed after they suggested St George's in Langton Matravers could be closed.

Dorset County Council will meet on 19 May to decide on the next steps.

The council is going ahead with the plans despite 70% of people saying in a previous consultation that they were against the change from a three-tier to a two-tier system.

Under the plans, all first schools in the Wool and Swanage/Langton Matravers areas would be changed into primary schools and Bere Regis first school would become part of the Lytchett Minster pyramid of schools.

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In total, 635 responses were received, of which 534, concerned the proposals for Swanage/Langton Matravers with 66% of respondents being in favour and 28% opposed to the plans.

Swanage St Mary's Catholic, Swanage First and Langton Matravers St George's schools would become primaries and St Mark's would move to the Swanage middle school site to become a primary.

Of the 63 responses on proposals to change the Wool schools, 94% were in favour of changing St Mary's Catholic and Wool CE VA first schools into primaries.

There were seven responses to the plans for Bere Regis School with five in support of and two against them.

John Nash, director for children's services, said: "Councillors will be presented with all the feedback from the consultation and details of the whole review process since it began in 2008.

"They will have all the information they need, including direct representations from the public, to help them make a decision."

The plans will be discussed further by county councillors at a full council meeting in July.

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