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Minister may intervene if schools fail to gel

September 24, 2012 10:59 AM

Education Minister, David Laws has promised to intervene if a new school planned for Cambridge fails to work effectively alongside the successful Shirley Primary School.

Mr Laws, the newly-appointed Liberal Democrat Minister, gave his assurance on the matter to Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning, who represents East Chesterton.

Cllr Manning raised the issue with Mr Laws at the Lib Dem Autumn Conference in Brighton because he is worried about the new academy school, planned for the former Shirley Primary School site may have an unfair advantage.

"The Shirley School has a fantastic record of achievement for its parents and pupils, and I'm very concerned that, because a new school has to be an academy or free school, it will have an unfair advantage over the Shirley," said Cllr Manning.

"I want a new school to complement the Shirley's achievements and not work against it. I'm pleased Liberal Democrats in government recognise this and have given me their support to make sure the new addition is positive for our community."

Cllr Manning has also invited the minister to visit the Shirley Primary School in the new year to see the work being carried out there.