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Suffolk: Council vote to close middle schools in Stowmarket and Stowupland

PUBLISHED: 15:13 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:57 26 February 2013

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School pupils sitting exams

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SUFFOLK County Council has voted unanimously to close four middle schools in the Stowmarket and Stowupland area.

Councillors met at Endeavour House this morning to discuss the ongoing proposals which will see schools in Suffolk move from a three-tier to two-tier system.

Several parents attended the cabinet meeting where they questioned the benefit of the proposals.

Stowmarket Middle, Needham Middle, Combs Middle and Bacton Middle Schools will now all close in September 2015.

The schools will have their final intake of students this autumn.

Last night an angry meeting organised by the group, Suffolk Action for Truth on SOR (SATS), grilled bosses from the county council.

Parents said they would fight the decision until the schools’ doors closed for the last time.

The council has argued closing the schools will lead to improved results and is an integral part in raising attainment levels across Suffolk.

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Two brothers have been ordered to carry out unpaid work for possessing an air gun in public.

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust is seeking the services of a special volunteer – one who isn’t afraid of the dark.

Hopes of developing through rail services between Ipswich and the south west of England are still being considered – despite fears that a new cross-country rail link may only be for commuter services.

Much of the area of Ipswich, bound by Cauldwell Hall Road, Woodbridge Road and Foxhall Road, is part of the town developed by the Suffolk Freehold Land Society.

The proposed merger of Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils may have been put back by the promise of a referendum in south Suffolk – but the consultation on the future of the authorities continues.

Forecasters have warned of strong winds of around 65mph that are expected to sweep into the county this evening, as a wet and windy night is expected to continue into the morning.

The award-winning writer and star of TV comedy Detectorists has spoken of his love for the “beautiful” Suffolk town where it was filmed and his “mixed emotions” over fans’ reaction to its ending.

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