Ipswich: Green light for rebuilding of New Academy on site of former Chantry High School

An artist's impression of the Suffolk New Academy. An artist's impression of the Suffolk New Academy.

Paul Geater paul.geater@archant.co.uk
Thursday, April 10, 2014
1:13 PM

Members of the borough’s planning and development committee have given their unanimous backing to proposals to rebuild Suffolk New Academy.

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The former Chantry High School will be demolished over the next 18 months and replaced with a new building that will have room for up to 900 students. That should be completed by September next year.

The committee gave its enthusiastic backing to the proposal. Local Labour councillor Peter Gardiner said he remembered the existing building going up in the early 1950s.

He added: “This new building will be a great improvement on that. Students will have a much better place to learn in. My only advice to the academy is don’t use black and white images – it looks so much better in colour!”

Academy principal Andrew Fell addressed the committee, putting the case for the rebuilding.

He said: “The impact of the new buildings for Suffolk New Academy will be very significant, both in terms of education standards for our young people and raising aspirations for our community.”

He burst into applause as the committee gave it their unanimous backing.

After the meeting he said: “This is fantastic. Now we can go ahead with the work and get it all built. It will be quite a challenge to build the new school while we continue to operate from the site – but by September next year there will be a wonderful new facility for the community.”

Planners praised the design of the building by architects Fielden Clegg and Bradley which includes large open spaces as well as classrooms on three storeys.

However veteran Labour councillor Albert Grant was not impressed by the design of the building, although he supported it in the vote. He said: “I think it looks a bit like a barracks!”

9 comments

  • It was showing it's age when I went to school there in the 1970s so goodness only knows what it's like now. Well overdue for replacement. The new design is bland but it's what happens inside that is more important, so hopefully the new school will inspire a new generation to strive harder.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Please god build somewhere for waiting parents to park whilst waiting to collect their kids after school. I live just opposite the old school and it is an absolute nightmare just to drive past the school at closing time. Parents quite literally dump their cars in the road.

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Peter Gardiner's memory is obviously failing him. The school opened in September 1962 and it did not take a decade to build! I went there as a founder pupil, and played on the land throughout the 50's! Still I suppose that adding 10 years to the age means that politically its less sensitive!

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    Oft Meanders

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Can somebody please explain to me why Chantry and Nacton High Schools have got rebuilt, whilst the oldest High School in Ipswich I think in Westbourne which was started just before the War (that will be Second World War) and expanded in the 1950’s has not had anything done for it. Over 10yrs ago when we went to the first school meeting on moving up from junior school we were proudly told that the site would be flattened and rebuilt within 5yrs. Since then all the other High Schools in Ipswich seem to have jumped the queue whilst Westbourne has had nothing. As usual North West Ipswich gets ignored again and again and again. What are the plans to replace the most decrepit school buildings in Ipswich ?

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    The Ginge

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Just seen that my old high school is be demolished. Why? Where do the children go to school? I loved my old school got so many great memories. Still in a state of shock!!!

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    chris

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Sentinal Red I must agree with you. Must say though children and the parents who drive them to school are to lazy to walk. We always walked to and from school. This is what the world has turned into and partly why children are unfit and heavy!

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    chris

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Shame about the Headmaster though...

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    L9ghtjw003

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Can somebody please explain to me why Chantry and Nacton High Schools have got rebuilt, whilst the oldest High School in Ipswich I think in Westbourne which was started just before the War (that will be Second World War) and expanded in the 1950’s has not had anything done for it. Over 10yrs ago when we went to the first school meeting on moving up from junior school we were proudly told that the site would be flattened and rebuilt within 5yrs. Since then all the other High Schools in Ipswich seem to have jumped the queue whilst Westbourne has had nothing. As usual North West Ipswich gets ignored again and again and again. What are the plans to replace the most decrepit school buildings in Ipswich ?

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    The Ginge

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Those kids in the photo are really shifting! Can't wait to see them winning some medals.

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    Tamara Knight

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

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