Cabinet backs changes for Ilminster and Crewkerne
At a very over attended Microsoft Teams meeting this morning (17 March) the inevitable was confirmed. Ilminster and Crewkerne will have a new schools system. the old three tier model of first school, middle school and upper school will be abolished.
From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including:
- Wadham School to become a secondary school.
- Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St Bartholomew’s, Merriott and Haselbury Plucknett to become primary schools.
- Swanmead and Greenfylde to amalgamate and become a primary school.
- Closure of Misterton School.
In the face of widespread opposition from parents, teachers and students, Somerset County Council pushed ahead. Councillor Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation at Somerset County Council, said: “Today marks a significant milestone for the future of education in Crewkerne and Ilminster. I think it’s fair to say that it has been a long and sometimes difficult journey to reach this point after ten years of reviewing, engaging and consulting on a number of proposals. Now, after today’s final decision, we can move forward to ensure a smooth transition to a two-tier system from September 2022.“
However taxpayers will be left wondering what was the point of having a consultation. In this process there have been two. At considerable expense to the public purse. They have been held because the process requires them to be held. However at the Cabinet meeting today, the pointlessness of the exercise was laid bare. The views expressed in the consultation have been completely ignored.
And there are some interesting questions to answer about the organisation that conducted one of the consultations. we will be exploring that further in the next Leveller®