D-day looms for Felixstowe schools

PARENTS have only a week left to give their views on who should run Felixstowe's new �32 million high school.

PARENTS have only a week left to give their views on who should run Felixstowe's new �32 million high school.

Four bids have been received to operate the school, which is set to open in autumn 2013.

Tomorrow there will be another chance for residents to take part in the consultation when a public meeting is held at the Hotel Elizabeth Orwell, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.

Organisations interested in running the school will explain their proposals at the event, which starts at 6pm, and people have until July 29 to give their views to Suffolk County Council.

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The council expects its cabinet to make a decision in the autumn.

Both Deben High and Orwell High schools will close in summer 2013 and the new school for 1,850 students aged 11 to 19 will be built on the Orwell campus ready to open for the new academic year.

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The two high schools under the banner of the Felixstowe Learning Trust, supported by businesses and higher education providers such as University Campus Suffolk, have bid to run the new school.

However, they face competition with the county council having received a bid from the Essex-based Academies Enterprise Trust, and two proposals from the Church of England.

The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich is proposing either a voluntary aided school or an academy.

The diocese says the school would be for those of faith or none, and like the other bidders have put forward extensive glossy brochures outlining its proposals.

Who should run the new school? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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