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Neglected village school allowed ‘to wither away’

CONCERN: MP Tim Yeo visited the school after expressing concern about aspects of they way education is delivered across Suffolk.

CONCERN: MP Tim Yeo visited the school after expressing concern about aspects of they way education is delivered across Suffolk.

Campaigners have hit out at Suffolk County Council for not doing enough to help a failing village school which has only nine pupils left.

Monks Eleigh Primary School is in special measures after an inadequate Ofsted ruling last year which called into question the quality of teaching and leadership.

Since then, the number of pupils has dwindled from more than 30 to just nine.

A group called SaveME – consisting of teachers, ex-governors and villagers – was set up a month ago to stop the school from closing.

It has written to the local education authority’s strategic accountability group which, the action group says, is meeting soon to decide the fate of the school.

Malcolm Every, a former school governor and now SaveME member, said: “Since we have heard about the possible closure of the school, we have begun to investigate the events which have led to the current situation.

“We have found that the local education authority has let the school down badly over a period of years.

“It has not acted in a timely manner to the concerns that there have been. It has been negligent in its duty, and the sorry state of the school now is a direct result of this.

“We believe that the local authority deliberately allowed the school to wither away and is quite happy for the school to close, perhaps to bury its mistakes or perhaps to sell-off the land for income.”

Mr Every said the group has submitted 13 documents in support of its case and said it was not the group’s intention to “let this matter rest”.

Fellow group member Jenny Maynard added: “The critical period was between the Ofsted report and Christmas when the school was just left to flounder.”

Parents invited MP Tim Yeo to visit the school last year, and he said he shared concerns about some aspects of the way education was delivered in Suffolk.

 

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