Now is not the time to disrupt our schools in Bury St Edmunds

Now is not the time to disrupt our schools in Bury St Edmunds

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Donna Higgins started this petition

Horringer Court and Westley Middle Schools are both Ofsted rated good and have a reputation of excellence in the support they give pupils as they face the challenges of adolescence and grow in confidence as independent young people. The pandemic has caused enormous disruption to education over the last two years. Now is not the time to start closing these schools. 

We call on Unity Schools Partnership to ensure that pupils can settle back into a secure learning environment, by allowing for a period of stability before reviewing the current structure of the schools they manage in Bury St Edmunds. We recognise that the academy has only been involved with these schools for two years and feel they need more time to explore raising the numbers on roll. 

We call  for pupils who are in current years 4 and 5 to be able to progress through the schools as they expected, fulfilling their expectations of a middle school provision and not being hindered by a major reorganisation during their school life. This  would give time to re-establish County Upper as a school that was graded as outstanding by Ofsted multiple times in it's history.

If at the end of this period the numbers still suggest that two middle schools can not be supported then we ask that at least one is maintained so that the specialist facilities and teaching could still be accessed by families who choose it

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