Two Felixstowe schools will be merging from September

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9:44 AM November 2, 2021



The merger of two primary schools in Felixstow, 350 metres, has been approved to begin next year.

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Starting in September 2022, SET Maidstone, an infant school for students ages three to seven, and SET Causton, an elementary school for ages seven to 11, will be a comprehensive primary school operated by the Seckford Education Trust (SET).

The merger was approved by the commissioner of regional schools, after a meeting in September.

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The SET Maidstone Special Education Needs module will be transferred to SET Causton.

School Principal Lucy Thompson said: “Now that the merger of SET Maidstone and SET Causton schools has been approved, maintaining a small school feel and ensuring that our dispatch unit does not change are our top priorities.

“Since both schools are already managed by one principal and are less than 350 meters away from each other, I am confident that the transition to one community will be smooth.”


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The proposed reduction in the number of students admission – from 75 to 45 – for the reception year was also approved. This was necessary due to the prevailing trend of declining student numbers in Felixstowe and the region.




Parents, caregivers and staff are encouraged to help name the new school
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An online survey of parents received nearly 100 responses with 53% of responses in favor of the proposed incorporation.

Parents at SET Maidstone felt that inclusion would provide more opportunities for students and remove the need for unnecessary relocation.

Some concerns were raised: Parents wondered how the compact school would deal with the increased traffic and how the “small school feel” would be maintained.

Parents, caregivers and other stakeholders are encouraged to participate in planned community events where building plans and the naming process will be revealed.

Ms Thompson said: “We want to hear from parents, caregivers and staff about how best to prepare for the newly incorporated school, and we encourage people to attend.

“There will also be an opportunity for the community to name the new school. Since so many different people are involved in our children’s lives, we really want to get them involved in deciding the name of the new school.”

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