However to still be so near the bottom of the table is not only disturbing , but ironic, in that two of the best performing secondary schools in the County are in Bury St. Edmunds, where there is still a three tier school system.
Conservatives in Suffolk have spent an undeclared amount – which must run into tens of millions of pounds – on reorganising from three to two tier schooling.
The independent report by Ofsted last year on Suffolk schools gave a damning verdict on the council’s performance of supporting county run schools and challenging academies, stating “The Local Authority arrangements for supporting school improvement are ineffective.”
At the very start of the schools reorganisation Liberal Democrat councillors warned that the benefits would be minimal – as poor school performance was related to deprivation not school structure. Year on year we challenged Conservative cuts to the funding for school improvement. They seemed hell-bent on continuing with this very costly process, whilst Suffolk plummeted down the national education league tables.
A whole generation of school children have now been through Suffolk schools that have failed to improve . Perhaps those in charge should pause now to reflect on where the time , money and expertise would have been better spent.