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“Our school should reflect the society we live in.”

Those are the words of Maria Kemble, headteacher at St Edmunds Roman Catholic Primary in Bury St Edmunds, which, if proposals go ahead, will see the construction of a new special educational needs and disability unit that could house up to 30 pupils.

The plans for the new unit include three new classrooms, supporting group rooms and ‘social learning spaces’ and would cost around £1.4m.

Plans for the new unit Photo by Suffolk County Council
Plans for the new unit Photo by Suffolk County Council

Mrs Kemble, headteacher, said if the proposals, which are being run through Suffolk County Council, were to come to fruition, it would ensure more children with special educational needs from the area could enrol at the school.

“We believe that we have a responsibility to provide for the most vulnerable within our community,” she said.

“The SEND unit will allow us to do so in a purpose-built environment which will enable the children to access high quality teaching successfully.”

Maria Kemble, headteacher of St Edmunds Roman Catholic Primary Picture Mark Westley
Maria Kemble, headteacher of St Edmunds Roman Catholic Primary Picture Mark Westley

The school was chosen for the project because of its ‘inclusive ethos’ and how it meets a range of pupils needs.St Edmunds Catholic is a THRIVE school, meaning staff are trained how to tackle students emotional needs and they are also a UNICEF Gold Award Rights Respecting School, something Maria iterated the building of the new unit would embody.

Details of the planning application for the unit were published in a Public Notice last week.

These can be found each week in the classified section of the Bury Free Press. They can also be viewed at: www.suffolk.yourlocalnotices.com

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