Head backs bid to relocate school

A headteacher today claimed major proposals to relocate his school to a new site were “vital” for the future of students.

IPSWICH: A headteacher today claimed major proposals to relocate his school to a new site were “vital” for the future of students.

Ian Bloom, head of Holywells High in Lindbergh Road, is supporting plans to move to a new building near Gainsborough Sports Centre.

If the measures are agreed, the school could be in its new home by 2014.

Mr Bloom said: “It is vital for the future of our young people that this facility is available quickly.

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“It is important that the community will have the chance to see and shape the plans for this vital resource.”

The multi-million pound project would be funded by the government's Building Schools for the Future scheme.

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Holywells is due to become an academy in September next year but building work would not start until 2013.

The high school, which caters for around 840 students aged 11 to 16, will be left on its current site if the scheme goes ahead before relocating in five years.

Parents, residents and students will get a glimpse of the ambitious plans at an exhibition next month.

Celia Davies, chairman of the Holywells' governing body, said plans for an entirely new facility had been well received.

“Holywells is tucked right away,” she said.

“We are very positive about a move to another site to become a hub of learning in the local area.

“A new building would be absolutely fantastic because part of the complex at the moment is an old primary school.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council could not confirm what use would be made of the current site if the move went ahead, however, given its residential location, it seems probable it would be sold for housing.

Did you go to Holywells High? What do you think of the scheme? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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