‘New school building is contributing to success’

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building.
Headteacher Wayne Lloyd
Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard
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GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building. Headteacher Wayne Lloyd Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173715009

Thomas Gainsborough School’s headteacher says the move to its state-of-the-art new school building has helped to raise standards.

The school opened its new building last September and Wayne Lloyd believes the new surroundings have made a direct impact on inspiring students to even greater heights.

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building.
Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173910009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building. Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173910009

Fresh from a record-breaking set of GCSE results and an increase in the number of students staying on at sixth form, Mr Lloyd said he was delighted with how the last 12 months have gone.

He said: “It has been a very successful year with the building helping us to continue raising standards and expectations.

“We wanted young people to feel invested in and to approach their learning with a really positive mindset. By providing them with a fantastic facility, it has helped them feel valued.”

The £17 million, four-storey building opened last September and Mr Lloyd described last summer’s handover between old and new as “smooth”.

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building.
Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173922009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building. Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173922009

He explained: “A key part of that was the close communication between the people running the school and the architects and designers all working together to ensure we had a great school building for the long term.

“We worked very closely with Kier Construction and architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and we are delighted with how it looks and how it operates.

“The reaction has been positive from day one.

“The students were excited as soon as they saw the building last year and it still continues – we were still getting positive comments at our popular open evening earlier this month.

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building.
Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173935009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building. Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173935009

“Our sixth form provision has increased and the new building has played a big part in that.

“We have also been able to convert some of the old middle school just for sixth form education.”

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building.
Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-174001009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building. Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-174001009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building.
Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-174028009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building. Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-174028009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building.
Headteacher Wayne Lloyd
Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173650009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building. Headteacher Wayne Lloyd Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-173650009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building.
Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-174014009

GREAT CORNARD: Thomas Gainsborough Schools first anniversary in their new building. Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard Picture Mark Westley ANL-160927-174014009