Chantry Academy in Ipswich opens new SEND unit as part of expansion work
A new Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) unit has opened at a school in Ipswich.
Students and teachers came together at Chantry Academy, in Mallard Way, to open the new 'Peile Unit', named in memory of former CEO of Active Learning Trust Gary Peile.
The building consists of two new classrooms, and is already starting to make a difference to children's lives in the local community.
Alongside the opening of the new building, the event marked the topping out of further expansion work.
The new two-storey building will provide the school with additional classrooms and a new library. As part of the work, additional specialist learning space and extended dining facilities will be provided in the main school.
Craig D’Cunha, Acting CEO of The Active Learning Trust, said “We are delighted that the new unit is officially open. The design and facilities are fantastic and will provide significant benefits to our current and future students along with the wider Ipswich community.
“At Chantry Academy we want every child to be successful and believe there should be no barriers when it comes to learning.
"The new expansion work will undoubtedly help achieve this, and ensure our students can become active, confident, and responsible citizens within society.”
Rachel Hood, cabinet ember for education, SEND and skills at Suffolk County Council, added: “It is inspiring to see the completed unit and the progress being made on the expansion.
"It will make such a difference to young people at the school. We are committed to increasing the number of SEND placements in Suffolk and ensuring that we provide the very best education for all our children and young people.”
A date for the official opening of the two-storey expansion has been set for Autumn 2022.