Pupils and headteachers have taken part in a ground-breaking event to celebrate the start of construction at Thurston CEVC (Church of England Voluntary Controlled) Primary Academy. Suffolk County Council is relocating the existing school to a larger site to accommodate the expansion of the school, increasing the number of permanent placements from 210 pupils to 420 pupils. There will also be a new standalone 30 place Pre School, operated by Thurston Pre School in addition to their existing facility in the village.
Barnes Construction has been awarded the contract to build the scheme and will be working alongside Concertus Design and Property Consultants Ltd, who will be providing multidisciplinary services including Project Management on behalf of the client, Suffolk County Council.
Mark Bailey, Director at Barnes Construction said “We are thrilled, once again, to be working with Suffolk County Council and Concertus on another new school to meet the needs of the local communities in mid-Suffolk. We are looking forward to using the work we are doing on site as an opportunity to involve and educate young people about how exciting construction can be.”
This expansion was driven by the anticipated housing developments in the area and will guarantee the continuity of school provision within the village as well as reduce further congestion in the area. The new school will be located on Norton Road, adjacent to the Linden Homes development and opposite the Hopkins housing development.
Kathy Lambert and John Bayes, Co-Headteachers at Thurston CEVC Primary Academy said “We are delighted that the new school project has reached this milestone. It has been extremely exciting to work closely with the infrastructure team, Suffolk County Council and Concertus Design and Property Consultants, who have been fantastic at guiding us step by step in order to reach this point on the Thurston C of E Primary Academy relocation and expansion. We look forward to working with Barnes as they start to build our new school. We have a huge amount of support from staff, parents, pupils and governors and are looking forward to moving into our new school.”