Reminder: Have your say on the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Members of the public are reminded to have their say on plans to transform how education is delivered in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area before Friday 11 December.

On 3 November, Somerset County Council announced details of a public consultation on proposals to move from the current three-tier school system to a two-tier model of primary and secondary schools. This follows a decision to undertake a consultation made by the Council’s Cabinet on 21 October.

The consultation, running now until Friday 11 December, provides an opportunity for those who wish to have their say on the Council’s plans.

Consultation responses should be submitted by completing an online questionnaire available at www.somerset.gov.uk/schoolsconsultation

Anyone with specific questions requiring a response is encouraged to email crewkerneilminsterschools@somerset.gov.uk or send their views in writing to ‘Crewkerne & Ilminster Consultation, Somerset County Council, PP-B3E3, B3 East, County Hall, The Crescent, Taunton TA1 4DY.’

Councillor Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation at Somerset County Council, said: “We have put together these plans to ensure every child in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area can continue to receive the first class education they absolutely deserve. We want people to be involved in developing the proposals and are committed to listening to their views. I encourage everyone with an interest to take part, join our virtual events and have their say in our public consultation.”

Depending on the outcome of this listening exercise, it would be followed by publication of notices and a further four-week period when members of the public can respond.

Cabinet is expected to make a final decision on the way forward in 2021.

Due to the restrictions on public events due to coronavirus, a series of virtual Microsoft Teams Live events took place between 17 and 26 November with over 280 people attending.

The latest information, including full details of how you can have your say and a link to the online questionnaire, is available here: www.somerset.gov.uk/crewkerne-and-ilminster-strategic-school-review

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