Put simply we won the argument and parents have voted with their feet with only 37 choosing your school.
And remember it was Mark Bee, local Tory Councillor for Beccles and the Leader of Suffolk County Council that first suggested parents “vote with their feet” not me or Jeremy Rowe.
Mark Bee and Peter Aldous are local politicians that understand their communities. The Government were foolish to ignore them and to be honest so were you.
Beccles County Cllr
Leader of Suffolk CC
Indeed in Waveney all four of the political parties - Conservative, Labour, UKIP and Green are opposed at least in the main. An amazing coalition.
Today there is an opportunity to end this whole sorry affair by listening to Mark Bee and Peter Aldous.
They have presented a solution that could allow everyone to move forward and begin to work for the people that really matter in all of this. Suffolk children.
Consolidating your schools at Saxmundham is a pragmatic solution. There is real parental demand there and I really feel that your engagement in Beccles has detracted from the Saxmundham School.
|Peter Aldous MP|
I am sure that if you were to adopt a more collaborative and less aggressive approach that local schools in Suffolk would work with you. You could find out about the North Suffolk Skills Centre, perhaps support and fund it rather than being involved in its demise. It could provide a very useful solution to the issue of the curriculum at your school complementing your academic subjects with a vocational choice.
I don’t doubt there are things we could all learn from Woodbridge and from you but it has become increasingly apparent when you say things like you are introducing competition into a system that hasn’t had it before that you don’t really have much knowledge about state education.
We have had competition for years, sometime fierce. Money follows the child and many parents - like me for example - take our choices seriously. We went to appeal to get our child into the school we wanted for him.
By working together we can all learn from each other and put our energies into making all of Suffolk’s schools as brilliant as they can be.
So you have a choice to make and speaking personally I would certainly work with you and any enlarged school in Saxmundham.
Please listen - not to me - but to Mark Bee and Peter Aldous!