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New school in Bury St Edmunds being set up by Unity Schools Partnership asking members of the community for name




A new special school which is to be opened next year in Bury St Edmunds needs a name, and is asking members of the community for their suggestions.

Unity Schools Partnership will be opening the new school in Airfield Road next September, close to Abbots Green Academy and Sybil Andrews Academy, also part of the trust.

The school will be for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs, starting with 40 students in its first year and then growing to 80 in year two.

The new school will be for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.
The new school will be for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Prior to a headteacher and other staff being appointed, Unity is calling on the community to come forward with suitable names for the new school.

Initial discussions with community leaders have suggested naming the school after Sir Peter Hall, who was born in Bury St Edmunds and founded the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Another option mentioned is to give the school a name associated with the American military links in the area.

Dr Tim Coulson, chief executive of Unity Schools Partnership.
Dr Tim Coulson, chief executive of Unity Schools Partnership.

Tim Coulson, chief executive of Unity Schools Partnership, said: “All our schools play an integral role in their respective communities and this new school will be no different.

“Therefore, we want to give the local community a chance to tell us their suggestions about what the name of our new school should be.

“We ran a similar informal consultation prior to opening a special school in September 2020 - now known as the Sir Bobby Robson School.”

Anyone who would like to suggest a name can do so by messaging the school’s new Facebook page ‘Unity Bury St Edmunds Special School’, or by emailing projects@unitysp.co.uk.

The Sir Bobby Robson School in Ipswich. Picture: Gooderham PR.
The Sir Bobby Robson School in Ipswich. Picture: Gooderham PR.

The deadline for any suggestions is Friday, April 23.

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