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Dunstable middle schools closure consultation to begin

Falling numbers are being blamed for the proposed closure of three middle schools in Dunstable.

Central Bedfordshire Council is considering shutting Ashton, Brewer's Hill and Streetfield schools.

Some parents were opposed, but the council said increasing numbers were choosing alternative primary or secondary schools.

A consultation on the proposals will open on 28 February and the closures could begin by September 2015.

Some parents said they were happy with the three-tier system of lower, middle and upper schools and did not want to move to a two-tier system of primary and secondary schools.

Councillor Mark Versallion, executive member for schools, said: "As too few have applied for places then there is a genuine concern that these schools may not be viable.

"I have a duty to protect children's education and not allow schools to fail, either financially or academically.

"We know the decision to begin consultation may be unsettling for pupils, staff, parents and carers, but we will be doing all we can to ensure that people are kept informed of any developments as we move forward."

The consultation is due to last for six weeks and will include public meetings at the three schools.

The council's executive will consider the proposal again on 27 May.

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