Special bid by school

STOWUPLAND High School has bid for specialist school status and £450,000 worth of extra funding, as it seeks to become a centre of excellence for computing and mathematics.

STOWUPLAND High School has bid for specialist school status and £450,000 worth of extra funding, as it seeks to become a centre of excellence for computing and mathematics.

The school has submitted the bid to join one of 1,500 British schools currently with specialist status and gain the additional funding it attracts.

The school, at Stowupland near Stowmarket, will need to raise £50,000 to qualify for the extra cash and if successful the funds will be used for new teaching technology and facilities. Staff have already received pledges of support from local businesses.

The school, which is optimistic it will win the special status, has gained the support of MP David Ruffley who represents the community as part of his Bury St Edmunds Constituency.


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Mr Ruffley has written to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills Charles Clarke, registering his support for the bid.

A decision on which schools have been successful will be announced in the summer.

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