Help shape plans for the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Members of the public are again invited to have their say on plans to transform how education is delivered in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area.

Following a pre-publication consultation that took place between 12 November and 10 December, a decision was taken on 18 January to progress to another, more formal stage of consultation called a statutory consultation.

Somerset County Council has today started this period of statutory consultation offering a further opportunity for members of the public to have their say on proposals to move from the current three-tier school system to a two-tier model of primary and secondary schools in the area.

Consultation responses should be submitted before Wednesday 24 February at 5pm. People can make their views known in the following ways:

  1. Through the online questionnaire available at
  • In writing to us at ‘Crewkerne & Ilminster Consultation, Somerset County Council, County Hall, The Crescent, Taunton TA1 4DY’.

People can also submit a public question to the following meetings:

Councillor Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation at Somerset County Council, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the last period of consultation that ran for four weeks at the end of 2020. We were very grateful for the level of engagement and the passion that school staff, parents, carers and the wider local community all demonstrated for our excellent schools.

“We continue to want people to be involved in shaping the proposals and are committed to listening to their views. I once again encourage everyone with an interest to have their say and take part in this statutory consultation to shape the future of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area. We want to continue to work together to ensure that every child continues to receive the first-class education that they absolutely deserve.”

When this statutory consultation has concluded, the Council’s Cabinet is expected to make a final decision on what will happen to schools in the area on 17 March.

The latest information, including details of how you can have your say and a link to the online questionnaire, is available here:


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