New Ipswich school to be named after Sir Bobby Robson
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A brand new school for children with special needs is to be named after Ipswich Town legend Sir Bobby Robson.
The new special school, to be built on the old Holywells High site in Lindbergh Road, will be named 'Sir Bobby Robson School' following a consultation with community leaders and local parents.
It will be run by Unity Schools Partnership, previously known as Samuel Ward Academy Trust.
Unity Schools currently runs 22 academies across Suffolk, Essex and London, including Thomas Gainsborough School and Castle Manor Academy. It is the preferred sponsor for Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary from September.
The special school had already been announced before the council outlined its £45million plan in January to create hundreds of SEND places.
It will open in September 2020, with the recruitment for a new headteacher launched this week.
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Tim Coulson, chief executive of the Unity Schools Partnership, said the trust was "delighted and humbled" to name the school after the Ipswich Town legend.
"Sir Bobby's name resonates across Ipswich and across the world of football and charity and stands for facing triumph and adversity with the same passion and enthusiasm," he said.
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"Starting with our Ofsted 'outstanding' Churchill Academy in Haverhill, one of the priorities for our trust is to provide a hub of schools for youngsters with social, emotional and mental health needs - alongside our hub of secondary and primary schools.
"We now look forward to starting our recruitment campaign for the very first headteacher of the Sir Bobby Robson School."
Plans for the new school, which will cater for children aged between eight and 16, were approved earlier this year.
Sir Bobby's son, Mark Robson, said: "Ipswich will always have a special place in the hearts of our family and it's an honour and a privilege to have a new school named after Dad here.
"I'm sure Dad would be as pleased as we all are to have his name associated with such an important educational facility."
Sir Bobby managed Ipswich Town from 1969 to 1982, leading them to UEFA Cup and FA Cup victories before leaving to take over as the England boss.
He has been honoured with a stand in his name at Portman Road, and a statue of him stands pride of place outside the stadium.