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General public invited to have their say on proposals to revamp Haverhill Community Sixth Form




A public meeting will shine a spotlight on a school’s plans to transform sixth form facilities in Haverhill.

The local community is being urged to give their views over the expansion and redevelopment of Haverhill Community Sixth Form, based at Samuel Ward Academy.

A two-week public consultation has now begun with a public meeting being held at the sixth form centre next Thursday from 6-7pm.

A computer aided design showing how the entrance to the new Haverhill Community Sixth Form would look. Submitted image
A computer aided design showing how the entrance to the new Haverhill Community Sixth Form would look. Submitted image

Andy Hunter, headteacher of Samuel Ward Academy, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project – not just for students and staff, but also the entire Haverhill community.

“We would welcome any feedback on the plans – whether through the consultation or by attending the open meeting.

“This is your chance to have your say and help us shape something that we can all be proud of and something that helps Haverhill grow towards an even brighter future.”

The plans, designed by Wincer Kievenaar Architects, include new buildings for a dedicated sixth form seminar and teaching rooms, a sixth form café and garden area and a sixth form study room.

There will also be a new engineering block, a new art block, a dance studio and a music room.

The inspiration for the new development is Ruffle’s Mill, which once stood in Wratting Road, a few hundred metres from the school, and achieved national fame for its design.

Mr Hunter added: “We are delighted to be working with many partners on this project which will benefit students from Samuel Ward Academy, Castle Manor Academy and the wider education community.

“We look forward to working closely with Haverhill Town Council, Suffolk County Council, West Suffolk Council, MENTA, The EpiCentre, the Chamber of Commerce, ONE Haverhill Partnership and many more.”

Visitors to the public meeting will be able to view the plans and talk to Mr Hunter, Daisy Hopkins, the sixth form head, and representatives from the design team.

Philip Branton, director of Wincer Kievenaar Architects, said: “While currently in the early design stages, this is an exciting project which we hope will inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and artists from Haverhill.”

To view the plans visit the Haverhill Community Sixth Form website via haverhillcommunitysixthform.co.uk

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