Sadness, yes, but a sense of relief

I WAS interested to see the piece in Your History (Free Press, July 26) about the closure of Lamarsh primary school 25 years ago (School closure would not be popular).

School closures are rarely popular, as we invest a great deal in our schools: our hopes for our children’s future and much of our sense of community. But once decisions have been made, we need to accept them so that the schools can plan appropriately.

The closure of middle schools in this area has been criticised and is unpopular. But it is happening, and local schools are working closely together to make the transition process as smooth as possible.

Unfortunately the closure of middle schools coincided with the opportunity to set up new ‘free’ schools.

But there is no educational rationale for them, and no need for more high school places, which is why free high schools in Beccles and Saxmundham run by the Seckford Foundation will open in September at less than one third of capacity.

This is detrimental to pupils and also bad for the taxpayer, as these schools receive additional funding (for buildings as well as teaching) not available to existing schools.

I am relieved to see this situation will not be replicated in Stoke-by-Nayland, despite the sadness we will all feel when the middle school closes its doors next July.


Willow Grove