Major school revamp could mean new building for 900 pupils

A major regeneration of one of Ipswich’s main schools could see a new building for up to 900 pupils created as part of a bid to raise educational standards.

The Department for Education has developed an application for a major revamp of the Ormiston Endeavour Academy site as part of the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme, designed to renovate the schools which are in the worst condition and in need of urgent repair.

If its plans are approved by Ipswich Borough Council next month, it would see a 5,472sq m new school building created with 30 new classrooms including science laboratories, an ICT room, four rooms for music, art and drama and five design and technology rooms.

There would also a multi-purpose hall, dining and kitchen facilities and an activity studio, as well as a multi-use games area (MUGA).

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application by architects Jestico + Whiles said the former Thurleston High School’s existing buildings “will be largely demolished”, although some – such as the sports hall – would be retained.

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