Little demand for another school

AS many of your readers will be aware, at the end of February the Seckford Foundation submitted a proposal to the Department for Education to open a new secondary school in Stoke-by-Nayland under the ‘free schools’ process. This proposal replaced the unsuccessful one submitted last year.

Judging by the poor attendance at some of the Foundation’s information sessions, and the flurry of posters that went up urging people to register urgently for places, it seems that there really is little demand locally for another secondary school.

However, we cannot afford to be complacent: if a new school were to open in Stoke-by-Nayland it would take pupils and funding away from our existing local schools and diminish the opportunities available to all children in the area.

There are already more secondary school places than we need, and a new school would cost millions at a time when resources are already very tight and education budgets have been cut.

Compass-Suffolk has continued to campaign against this latest proposal, and we are submitting our own counter-proposal to the Department for Education setting out why we believe a new school in Stoke-by-Nayland is wrong for our area.

Please visit our website to find out more: www.compass-suffolk.org.

Our schools already have enough to contend with, working to raise standards whilst going through a major re-organisation.

There is absolutely no doubt that a new school would have a detrimental effect on existing schools - and there is no evidence that it could provide an effective education either.

Please, let’s support our existing local schools instead.

EMMA BISHTON

Compass-Suffolk