Kesgrave: Work to create new classrooms at school is progressing well and could be ready for pupils by March

Kesgrave High School headteacher Nigel Burgoyne

Kesgrave High School headteacher Nigel Burgoyne

The learning experience of pupils at a school in Kesgrave will be enhanced by the addition of new modern classrooms, staff said today.

Part of the humanities block at Kesgrave High School was demolished over the summer holidays and workmen are now on the site to construct an extension which will include eight classrooms and two rooms for teachers.

Headteacher Nigel Burgoyne said the steelwork has been put in place and work to put on the roof is now under way.

He is hopeful the block will be ready for pupils and staff by March.

He added: “It is brilliant.

“The old buildings were built in the 1930s and were not really fit for purpose so it is great to be moving into the high-spec facilities in the near future.

“The new ones will be big and spacious so we have got much better flexibility and we can get some additional technology so it will enable us to do the exciting learning in a better space.”

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The school initially applied for funding for the project from the Education Funding Agency in May 2012, but the application was unsuccessful.

Staff then enlisted the help of Ipswich-based design and property consultant, Concertus, which helped the school secure £1,993,000 in April.

Matthew Self, director at Concertus, said: “It was all about understanding the maximum levels of funding and adapting the proposal from Kesgrave, to ensure it met with the monetary constraints, while still fitting in with the master plan of the school’s future development.”

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