Stowupland sixth form centre construction reaches completion
Work on a new sixth form centre at Stowupland High School, with just under £3million worth of funding, has been completed this month.
Construction began last Spring, after councillors approved the school’s bid for £2,446,575 in District Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), collected from developers when they build new properties in the district to help infrastructure to keep pace with growth.
Suffolk County Council also provided £533,000 in funding and has collaborated with the John Milton Academy Trust, Mid Suffolk District Council, and design and property consultants Concertus on the new state-of-the-art sixth form centre.
Cllr Keith Welham, ward member for Stowupland, said: “I welcome the completion of the new school building and look forward to discussing with the county council and the school how we can achieve community benefits for residents in the Stowupland area.
"The walking and cycling routes which are part of this project, when they are completed, will also be a benefit and, hopefully, will lead to a reduction in car use and congestion around the school.”
Now the work on the building has finished at the Church Road site, the existing sixth form will now relocate from the main school building into the new space.
This will create 140 additional school places in total, consisting of 15 new sixth form places (from 185 to 200) and a further 125 high school places (from 925 to 1,050).
When not in use by the school, the new building will be made available for the wider community, with a community user agreement enabling a vast range of clubs and organisations to benefit from the ultra-modern facilities.
The site also includes a new parking area for seven coaches and a 57-space car park and a dedicated pupil drop-off area will be implemented to help reduce traffic congestion elsewhere in the village at peak times.
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “It’s great news that work on this exciting project has completed in time for pupils returning to school in early March.
"The new building is a fantastic asset for Stowupland, and I’m confident that the wider community will benefit from use of this state-of-the art facility for many years to come."
In addition to Stowupland High School securing funding last year, Bramford and Claydon Primary Schools were also successful in their District CIL bids of £645,593 and £499,421 for expansion works to facilitate extra school places.