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Catch22’s bid to turn Ipswich former register office at St Peter House, in Grimwade Street, into a school approved





A charity’s bid to turn a former Ipswich register office into a school for children who struggle in mainstream education has been given the green light.

Catch22 submitted plans to turn turn St Peter House, in Grimwade Street, into a school for children aged five to 11 in April.

Classes would cater to pupils, such as those with anxiety, low self-esteem, Asperger’s Syndrome or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who struggle in mainstream education.

St Peter House will become a school. Picture: Google
St Peter House will become a school. Picture: Google

The proposals, which would cater for 22 pupils and 15 staff, were approved yesterday.

However, Suffolk County Council’s Highways team placed a condition stipulating the school should be used until details on vehicle access and cycle storage are provided as only two parking bays will be retained.

St Peter House has been vacant since 2022, when Ipswich Register Office moved to Endeavour House.

The plans were submitted as Catch22’s current lease was set to expire and it sought a new home.

The applicant said: “The vision for the Catch22 includes Suffolk Primary School pupils reflecting a passionate commitment to learning and celebrating the uniqueness of our children as individuals.

“The proposed change of use of St Peter House will enable the council to fulfil its aim of keeping apace with Ipswich’s rising population and the number of school-age children.”