Crewkerne/Ilminster demand a better and less disruptive solution than SCC's school plans

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Rachel Keo
Mar 24, 2021
We’ve recently had my step daughter come and live with us from her mother’s house due to local authority involvement stemming from neglect, subsequently having an impact on her education. One of the things we were all very excited about was the area’s (to us slightly peculiar, but wonderful) three tier schooling system. This is something we have passionately told our social worker about, who was also very impressed and agreed that the system sounded as though it would benefit my step. We also have a 3 yo who goes to nursery and a 7 month old who will do in due course. Me and my partner were very keen for our children to participate in the 3 tier system the area offers and this was in fact one of the reasons we moved to the area from Weymouth in order to start a family.

I appreciate my views won’t change anything but I know we are not alone in being heartbroken by the decision. It saddens us deeply that that opportunity has now been taken from our children. Again, I do appreciate this is in an attempt to better the schooling system, but coming from 2 tier schooling systems ourselves, me and my partner were delighted that such a system was in place. It’s now with a heavy heart we have to think of the future of our children without this system and my step daughter is considerably upset about it, considering she has only been attending MBA for such a short period.

In relation to MBA itself, I had the opportunity to walk around and see the school up close and in action. As previously stated, I was educated in a 2 tier system and I was absolutely taken back by MBA and what it has to offer. The way in which it is set up and the opportunities the children of that age have is outstanding. I was also rather comforted by the way the year groups were set out between the 3 tiers.

I also have friends in the area who have experienced the 3 tier system and have heard nothing but good things about it. The thought that MBA is to turn into a primary school is a difficult one to comprehend. I’ve not much experience with the school, but from what I have, I think it would be such a shame and a waste for that to happen.

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Serena broom
Dec 11, 2020
I've lived and gone both schools in ilminster and so has my children and grandchildren ilminster is a great place and we decerve to keep are schools as they are why change what works it would be a very sad day if this is left to go ahead

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Mark Cook
Nov 25, 2020
The proposed plan is unnecessarily disruptive and is a multi-million pound solution to a million pound problem [one school with budget problems].

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Linda Stares
Nov 24, 2020
It affects my 3 granddaughters.

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Selene Harrison
Nov 24, 2020
Because I care about child welfare.

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Amanda House
Nov 24, 2020
As a grandparent I see lminster as an unbelievably unique community. A complete educational system from 5-18 WITHIN THE TOWN would hugely benefit the children and families both in Ilminster and the surrounding villages and far less fragmented than the system currently in place!
I live in Sherborne and couldn't even imagine the prospect of children dispersing to schools outside of our town during their education! The complete system we had ensured our children felt secure and made lifelong friends. As a result many returned to the area after university.

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Ann Bulmer
Nov 24, 2020
The County Councils proposals are expensive, damaging to both communities, environmentally damaging and totally un-necessary. For Ilminster in particular the children would still have to make three transitions therefore making it a two tier system in name only.