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College plans backed by council

PUBLISHED: 12:17 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

Plans to create a £28m sixth-form college in Lowestoft have been backed by Suffolk County Council.

Members of the cabinet endorsed plans for the new centre at a meeting yesterday.

Plans to create a £28m sixth-form college in Lowestoft have been backed by Suffolk County Council.

Members of the cabinet endorsed plans for the new centre at a meeting yesterday.

The site, which would be next to Lowestoft College, would open its doors to 1,000 students and relieve the town's three high school sixth forms of their pupils.

Lowestoft Learning Trust Partners, which put forward the plans, will find out on December 2 if it will get the necessary funding from the Learning and Skills Council to build the college, which would open in September 2011.

A schools shake-up in Suffolk will lead to middle schools being abolished by 2013.

Schools in the Beccles and Bungay area have already begun to plan for changes to the system in their area, as a public consultation reaches its halfway mark.

Phil Whiffing, Suffolk County Council's lead officer for the School Organisation Review, said that so far the public meetings, held at schools across the area to gauge the views of parents and schools, had been well-attended.

He said: “The main area where we have been having debate has been about the various methods we are putting in place to support those children who will be in middle schools during transitional period, and it has been very interesting talking to parents about their concerns.”

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