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First pictures of new Stowmarket High School

PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 July 2020 | UPDATED: 15:57 04 July 2020

Dave Lee-Allan, the headteacher of Stowmarket High School.  Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Dave Lee-Allan, the headteacher of Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

These are the first pictures of the new £17million Stowmarket High School which has just opened its doors.

The atrium and video screen at the new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThe atrium and video screen at the new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

It replaces the old 1950s complex, which is to be demolished apart from one small block, and will accommodate up to 1,125 students.

The complex has been built under the Department of Education’s Priority Schools’ Building Programme.

Designed by Jestico and Whiles and built by Wates Construction, the building is a modern ‘super block’ design, allowing a good amount of natural light into classroom spaces and minimising circulation.

A studio at the new £17m Stowmarket High School.  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDA studio at the new £17m Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The show piece is a three-storey atrium at the centre of the school, with glass-sided balustrading, a central staircase and finished with a large multi-screen video display supplied by the school.

There are 42 classrooms including design technology, food, photography, music and traditional core subjects such as science and maths.

The space also boasts a main hall, new dining facilities, an activity studio, a learning resource centre and a drama studio. Headteacher Dave Lee-Allan said the new school was an important investment for the rapidly expanding town of Stowmarket.

Stowmarket High School headteacher Dave Lee-Allan outside the new campus. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDStowmarket High School headteacher Dave Lee-Allan outside the new campus. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

He said: “We have worked hard over the past five years to ensure that the new school communicates a message of calm, mature and modern learning for a community that has been starved of investment.

“I think the final product looks great and will help us achieve our ambitions. I am very proud every time I introduce a student to their new school.”

However the new complex does not include investment in exterior facilities and Mr Lee-Allan said he was keen to speak to parties interested in helping the school develop them.

The new Stowmarket High School.  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThe new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

“With Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre being upgraded, the town growing rapidly, the new school building and the potential of significant demand for places at the school outstripping available places, it is so important to maximise the potential of this beautiful, large site,” he said.

“We need better playground facilities, improved service infrastructure, better sports facilities and then we can proudly boast that we are the health, wellbeing and educational campus to make Stowmarket the envy of Suffolk. I will work with every partner I can bring round the table to achieve what this town deserves.”

The school has been on the site in Onehouse Road since the early 1950s when it was the former Stowmarket Grammar School.

The new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThe new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

It became a modern comprehensive in 1971 and today is a mixed secondary school and sixth form with 728 students from school years 7 to 13.

The school wanted to give former pupils a chance to say farewell to the old site but an open day planned for May was dashed by the coronavirus lockdown crisis.

The dining room at the new Stowmarket High School.  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThe dining room at the new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Stowmarket High School has a new state of the art campus. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDStowmarket High School has a new state of the art campus. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThe new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

An IT suite at the new Stowmarket High School.  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDAn IT suite at the new Stowmarket High School. Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND


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