Refurbishment work begins at school following ‘generous’ donation
A wide-ranging programme of renovations at a west Suffolk school have begun thanks to the “incredible generosity” of the founder of an international horse racing operation.
Educators have spoken of their excitement at creating a “wow factor” at Newmarket Academy following the continued support of Godolphin founder Sheikh Mohammed.
Work will see a redecoration of almost every classroom in the school, the replacement of the sound and lighting systems in the hall and dining room, an upgrade of the academy’s ICT resources and further improvements in SEND and engineering areas.
Furniture in the vast majority of classrooms will also be replaced over the coming year.
Nick Froy, headteacher at Newmarket Academy, said: “We are beyond grateful at His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for his continued and incredible generosity to improving the lives of our students.
“This work will see our wonderful existing building given a completely modern interior, which will create a wow factor for students and staff alike.
“This is an immense renovation project, one that will make a huge difference to our students by creating a more modern learning space and environment to inspire them to even greater heights.
“This is a fantastic example of the school and community working in partnership to transform lives.”
The news comes three months after it was announced that a gift from Sheikh Mohammed would fund a new library at the school.
While the renovation work will be carried out over the summer holidays, the library project is due to start in September with students benefiting from the new facility next year.
The Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project was formed two years ago, a programme that uses the assets and networks of the racing community to provide structured education across all year groups.
The five-year partnership also includes guidance on pathways to employment within racing and associated industries in Newmarket.