Chaos over middle school closure plans

PLANS to scrap Suffolk's middle schools have been thrown into turmoil because of uncertainty over whether the county council will receive millions of pounds in grants previously promised by the government.

Graham Dines

PLANS to scrap Suffolk's middle schools have been thrown into turmoil because of uncertainty over whether the county council will receive millions of pounds in grants previously promised by the government.

It means education chiefs will not go-ahead with the controversial reorganisation in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Bacton, Stanton, Blackbourne and Thurston in 2011 unless they receive an assurance they will get the money.

However, because some of the estimated �22million for the phased project has been received, middle schools are still doomed in Lowestoft, Haverhill, Beccles, Bungay, Leiston, Halesworth and Newmarket and the county council expects to proceed with changes in Great Cornard and Sudbury.


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