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School meeting in Brandon

PUBLISHED: 09:29 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 21:42 07 July 2010

A public meeting will take place in Brandon next week over plans for an educational shake-up that could result in the closure of the town's only middle school.

A public meeting will take place in Brandon next week over plans for an educational shake-up that could result in the closure of the town's only middle school.

A schools adjudicator will be holding a consultation in the town on Wednesday to assess Suffolk County Council's proposals to adopt a two tier schools system.

The scheme, which could see 40 middle schools close across the county, would mean that children over the age of 11 in Brandon will have to travel to Mildenhall to continue their education. More than 2,000 people in the town have signed a petition against the closure of Breckland Middle, in Crown Street, and want to see it become a secondary school.

The school could be closed by 2012 if approved by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.

John Hodges, from the Save Breckland School (Sabres) group, said: “This will be the last battle in the campaign to keep Breckland School open for secondary education in the town of Brandon, for extended school activities and as a community facility for the town.”

“Brandon is a growing community with major house building and a possible bypass, which will clearly need the retention of a secondary school in the town.”

The public meeting will take place at Forest Community Primary School, in Market Hill, Brandon, from 6pm on Wednesday.


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