Future direction for Dulverton schools

Fresh plans to change the school system in the Dulverton area from three tiers to two are being put forward by the Governing Body of the Exmoor Federation.

The new Governing Body has reviewed the situation following a previous consultation held last year. They have concluded that a two tier system is in the best interests of the children in the face of future budget constraints.

Somerset County Council will now be asked to consult with the community for a second time.

Alan Jones, Chair of Governors, said: “We believe that the current three tier system is not sustainable and not offering the best educational opportunities to our children. We will, therefore, now begin the necessary processes, including consultation, with a view to delivering a two tier system by the beginning of the 2016 Autumn Term.

“Whilst we must retain an open mind on the final decision until the results of the consultation are known, we will not be sitting on the fence but will actively promote the proposed change as being right for the future education of our children.”

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families and Local Member for Dulverton and Exmoor, said: “We support the Governing Body with their desire to do the very best for children in the area. I encourage as many parents as possible to have their say once the consultation opens.

The consultation will run over six weeks and is due to start later in the autumn.