A warm welcome has been given to the Save Our Middle Schools campaign and petition launched by Dunstablian Danielle Hoy.
Danielle, 23, of Houghton Road, started the online petition to step up support for middle schools amid the controversial rapid changes in the town’s education system.
This week, Dez Tinch, a deputy head at Streetfield Middle School, said it was “very pleasing” that people care about education and in particular middle schools.
He spoke of parents who felt they had not been given all the information they needed when deciding on which school to choose in a changing system.
Mr Tinch said: “From what I understand, there are many parents who are outraged at the way they feel they have been treated.”
Regarding Streetfield, he said: “We are guided and informed by our parents, and the vast majority want us to remain a middle. While that remains true, so will we to the middle school ethos.”
He said various other middle schools felt the same way. “By working together, we may at last allow the silent majority to have their say,” he said.
Mr Tinch added: “I hope that parents will come and see what all the middles have to offer and make an informed decision.
“In the end, for every parent it comes down to: ‘Where will our child thrive and grow best?’.
“Do we want a ‘quick fix’ for a test or do we want a sustainable development into a confident young adult.
“If it is the latter, then a middle school is the school for your child.”
Changes have included various schools becoming academies, accountable to the Department for Education.
Meanwhile, other schools remain under the control of Central Beds Council.
The education system changes have also included pupil age ranges being extended at a number of schools. Last week, Danielle told of how she is a former middle school student and values the specialist teaching and the quality of the education they provide.
She said: “I want more support for our middle schools so they can run alongside the new system and give parents a choice of where they want to send their child.”
Last week, executive councillor Mark Versallion, of Central Beds Council, said: “All parents and carers who have children in lower schools have been given information about transfer to middle (schools) and we have been directing to the ‘School Admissions’ pages on our website where they can see the full range of options available.
“Anyone who wants to find out more or has any questions should get in touch with the council on 0300 300 8307 or go to our website.”
> Check out the campaign via www.facebook.com/groups/574049595959901.
See www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-dunstable-middle-schools/signatures to sign the online petition.