Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Monks Eleigh: School closure branded a ‘catalogue of errors’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 July 2014

Monks Eleigh Primary School.

Monks Eleigh Primary School.

Archant

The public consultation process for the closure of a tiny village primary school has been branded a “complete shambles” by a local parliamentary candidate.

Monks Eleigh Primary School closed unofficially at Easter when the last students left after months of uncertainty following a poor Ofsted report.

The school went downhill after it was judged to be “inadequate” by inspectors last July and the number of students plummeted from 37 to just nine.

A statutory notice period over whether the school in Churchfield should close ended yesterday.

But Jane Basham, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, described the way the school closure had been handled as a “catalogue of errors” by the local education authority (LEA), including a “woefully inaccessible” informal consultation.

Ms Basham, who has been involved with the SaveMEschool campaign, said: “There was no public meeting and no attempts by the council to reach out to people in Monks Eleigh and others who use the school or who understand rural communities.

“The council has failed to undertake any assessment of the impact that the loss of the school will have on the village.

“Local people, especially parents, felt kept deliberately at ‘arms length’ as the school was catapulted by the LEA, through no fault of its own, towards closure.”

A spokesman for the council said a number of responses had been received during the formal consultation and statutory notice periods, which were being analysed by officers ahead of a cabinet meeting on September 9.

He added: “We as an authority want to ensure Suffolk’s children are receiving a good or better education – this above all is our biggest priority.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Community leaders from Ipswich came together to observe the minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester atrocity.

Food editor Charlotte Smith-Jarvis checks out the offering at The Arbor House in Ipswich

A Suffolk student studying sports coaching at university has travelled to Africa to help teach cricket and raise awareness of HIV and aids.

With two weeks to go before the country turns out to vote in the general election, campaigning is restarting after the Manchester atrocity.

From cosy cushions, to stylish rugs and tiles - there will be something to suit everyone’s style within the Lifestyle Pavilion at Suffolk Show 2017

People in Suffolk are being asked to pick up the pace against Parkinson’s this year by taking part in a charity walk around Glemham Hall.

The animal rescue charity is asking gardeners to replace garden netting with safer, solid metal mesh after a grass snake was found tangled above a pond in a backyard.

The Bury St Edmunds constituency has long been a Conservative stronghold, and it is likely to be a one horse race this time round.

In 20 years the Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre has grown from a flower and plant market to two day event full of family fun and attractions.

Two identical twin sisters from Stowmarket with identical passions for both painting and Britain’s Got Talent have told of their “surreal” experience during the auditions.

Most read

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24