Changes to Crewkerne and Ilminster schools to go ahead

Plans for major changes to protect the future delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area will continue to progress following a High Court ruling.

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.

The number of children coming into schools in Crewkerne and Ilminster has been reducing for many years, putting the quality of education being delivered at risk and causing large budget overspends.

Councillor Clare Paul, Cabinet Member for Education at Somerset County Council, said: “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. We know the changes are emotive but I hope we can now work together to make the transition as smooth as possible for the children, their families, carers and school staff. We are committed to ensuring that every child continues to receive the excellent education that they absolutely deserve.”

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