As an ex-pupil, I had mixed feelings when reading the news of a proposed new building to replace Thomas Gainsborough School.
Certainly, it is an investment for the future and, as such, should be lauded. I have not visited the complex since attending a musical play at the Prospect Theatre in October 2008 so am no great expert on its current condition, but is it really in that bad a state?
The theatre’s groundworks were being constructed the year I left the school in 1979, so not all buildings are that old and dilapidated. Indeed, the venue and production was first-class and thoroughly enjoyable.
A proper hospital with a fully-equipped surgery unit might be placed higher up the ladder for the Sudbury area than an upgrade and slight enlargement of this school.
Much of Europe, the Middle East and Asia would swap facilities with the current set-up and the countries within still produce a first-class education. Teachers and philosophies make a school, not bricks and mortar.