New junior school set to open

A REVOLUTIONARY new £3.6million school is all set to open for its first intake of pupils in September.An official topping out ceremony recently took place at St Joseph's College's new junior school, with work on the innovative building expected to be completed by next month.

A REVOLUTIONARY new £3.6million school is all set to open for its first intake of pupils in September.

An official topping out ceremony recently took place at St Joseph's College's new junior school, with work on the innovative building expected to be completed by next month.

Architects Wincer Kievenaar won the contract to design the building with a mandate of creating a school to inspire the youngsters, while firm RG Carter has built the structure.

The building is curved, light and eco-friendly, complementing its woodland surroundings.

The design reflects Suffolk heritage as well as drawing together period features from the school's listed buildings and distinctive chapel - a prototype for the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool.

Sian Grant, school principal, said: “It is every educator's dream to be able to provide a purpose built school for pupils with state-of-the-art technology and the latest educational equipment.

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“Learning and teaching inside the building will be an inspiration to all who enter.

“It's such an innovative design and it is much more spectacular than a normal school box building.

“The architects and builders are hoping it will win an award. There are no straight lines and lots of curves.

“There are lots of open spaces for youngsters, a cinema screen, bright and large classrooms each with its own toilet and art and creative area.

“The school will also have its own playground and sports pitches.

“I wanted a building that made children feel comfortable and wasn't just a factory for them.”

The school will cater for around 200 children aged between two and 11.

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