WEST Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has urged Pershore parents to have their say on a major consultation which could change the educational system in the town.

Avonreach Academy Trust, which runs Pershore High School and Cherry Orchard First School in the town, is asking parents for views on proposals which will see pupils enter the high school at year seven and stay longer at the first schools operated by the trust – in effect converting them to primary schools.

This change will directly impact the three-tier educational system which currently operates in Pershore. T

This is the second time that Pershore High School has considered this proposal and public meetings were held last month to secure feedback from local parents.

The consultation runs until December 15 and Mrs Baldwin has urged as many people as possible to take part in the process to make sure everyone’s views are considered.

She commented: “I have been contacted by parents on both sides of this debate and there are clearly strong feelings on this proposed change.

“I have raised this matter with both the Department for Education and the Regional Schools Commissioner, who will make the final decision on this change.

“Right now, it is vital that Pershore people ensure they make their views known and deliver a comprehensive response to the consultation.”