Finborough School banked on financial aid from HSBC for new community facilities

Children performing in Finborough School's nativity, which made use of its newly opened facilities.

Children performing in Finborough School's nativity, which made use of its newly opened facilities. - Credit: Archant

A school near Stowmarket has opened a new state-of-the-art sports hall, café and multi-purpose performance space following financing from HSBC.

Finborough School, which offers boarding for children aged between two and 18, designed and developed the new facilities.

To support them, HSBC worked closely with Finborough School providing a significant financial package to ensure funding was easily and readily available as the sports hall, café and performance space were built. The facilities were opened just in time to be used for the school’s annual nativity play.

Rhydian Davies, HSBC regional head of corporate banking for south and south east England, said: “Finborough School is renowned for providing an exceptional quality of education to its students, which they are ensuring they continue to do through these new facilities.

“It is brilliant to see the facilities up and running in time for the school’s Christmas activities.

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“We are proud to have been involved in supporting the ongoing education of the school’s students, as well as the wider community.”

The new sports facilities will be shared by nearby community groups and an additional medical unit, opening in the new year, will provide physiotherapy, strength and conditioning expertise to further compliment the enhanced sports offering.

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The café will also be run and staffed by the school’s A-level students, who will be provided with mentoring support to learn vital business skills on the job.

James Sinclair, principal of Finborough School, said: “It’s been a long standing ambition for us to provide a multi-purpose facility for our students that could be used for both extra-curricular activities, as well as providing opportunity for real business experience and mentoring at the café.

“So many people have been involved in this project and having HSBC’s support, in particular our relationship manager Steve Girling, has been invaluable.

“They really listened to what we wanted to achieve and understood our needs as a school.

“HSBC’s help has made our ambition a reality and it’s truly wonderful to make the most of the new space over the festive period.”

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