Joint effort as new centre opens at Sudbury Upper School
Pupils are learning new skills which may lead to successful careers in a range of occupations, thanks to a new £500,000 building.
Sudbury Upper School's new centre takes students from Sudbury and Great Cornard schools for a range of construction skills including carpentry.
This term students from Great Cornard joined students at Sudbury Upper for construction and health and social care studies, while Sudbury Upper School students are travelling to Great Cornard for engineering lessons.
The number of vocational courses on offer, currently taught by lecturers from West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, will increase over the next few years with half the 14 courses being taught at each of the two schools.
Lecturer Michael Feather, who teaches carpentry, said: "It's going very well. The students love the course and they have got on with it straight away.
"It's a very pleasant building to work in. Being so close to the school we are still in a teaching environment, which works very well.
"Quite a few of the students have family members in construction, so they have an incentive to get on with it."
Sudbury Upper School deputy head, Ian Pearson, said: "This construction course is just one of three joint vocational courses at Sudbury and Great Cornard Upper Schools, which have proved incredibly popular with students this year.
"Students have really enjoyed a different way of working and will use the qualifications, skills and experience to support applications for further education college, post 16 or get good jobs as apprentices in local companies."
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