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Trust welcomes West Norfolk school merger plan backing




Trust leaders have welcomed the backing of regional education chiefs for their controversial plans to merge two West Norfolk primary schools.

Papers released last week revealed a final decision the proposed amalgamation of the schools in Wormegay and Runcton Holme will now be made by a Government minister.

But the Regional Schools Commissioner's headteachers' board said there was no alternative to the proposal, despite fierce local opposition.

Campaigners have been displaying this banner at the Wormegay CE Primary School as part of the fight against its proposed closure.
Campaigners have been displaying this banner at the Wormegay CE Primary School as part of the fight against its proposed closure.

And Adrian Ball, chief executive of the schools' sponsor, the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT), has welcomed their stance.

He said: “We are pleased to note that the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Headteacher Board agree with the proposal and we acknowledge that they have referred this decision to the minister.

“Our priority is to provide a sustainable model of high-quality education for all children within the three parishes and we feel that the referral to the minister shows that this matter is important for everyone involved.”

Officials from the commissioner's office said the Department for Education was now "considering" the proposal.

A spokesman added: "We will share the outcome with the trust shortly."



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