Talks to be held on plans for use of closed school

Bids from charities and community groups looking to use the vacant Uplands Middle School site will be discussed on Tuesday.

The school closes on Friday, July 19, and Suffolk County Council has set an autumn deadline for proposals from organisations keen to use the buildings, which cost around £100,000 per year to maintain.

Ormiston Academies Trust, which runs neighbouring Ormiston Sudbury Academy, has expressed an interest in using the school’s playing fields and sharing them with Tudor Primary School.

The trust could also use two or three rooms, while Autism Anglia and Stour Valley Vineyard Church have also inquired about using part of the school.

Suffolk County Council is holding a support session at Uplands Middle School on Tuesday from 2pm, with officers on hand to help groups work on their proposals for community uses.

Peter Murray, chairman of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “We are keen to hear what interest there is in the building.

“The more people involved, the better chance we have of saving it for the community.”

Mr Murray said another use that could be investigated could be using some space as a place for primary schools to meet and share ideas.