Work officially began on a new multi-million pound project for Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard this week.
The entire school is being rebuilt under the Government’s priority school building programme and construction was officially started on Monday, with students invited to kick-start the building work.
The ambitious project will see many of the school’s buildings demolished and replaced with a three-floor 9,124 square metre teaching block.
It will allow the school to accommodate up to 1,400 pupils and is part of a £2.4billion programme to rebuild 261 schools in England deemed to be in the worst condition.
The project will provide modern, fit-for-purpose facilities – and was endorsed by headteacher Wayne Lloyd.
“We are delighted that work has now commenced on our new school building,” said Mr Lloyd, who has been in post for the last two-and-a-half years.
“We are very excited by the design of the building and believe it will provide an outstanding learning environment, not only for the current students of Thomas Gainsborough School, but also to provide for the needs of learners long into the future.”
Monday’s ceremony was attended by contractors, Babergh district councillor Peter Beer and representatives from the Education Funding Agency.
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, said: “I am delighted that construction has started at Thomas Gainsborough School as part of this Government’s priority school building programme.”
Contractors from Kier have now started on site, and expect to complete the rebuild by August 2015.