Haverhill primary school to double in size

EXCITED: Headteacher David Maguire and deputy head Martha Hughes with pupils Sam Fowle, Jack Adams, Tilly Marsh and Jorja Cox
EXCITED: Headteacher David Maguire and deputy head Martha Hughes with pupils Sam Fowle, Jack Adams, Tilly Marsh and Jorja Cox
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A Haverhill primary school is set to double in size thanks to a £1.6 million investment by the county council.

Coupals Primary Academy, in Chalkstone Way, has been given the go-ahead for a new block of eight classrooms – a move which will eventually increase the capacity of the school to 420 pupils.

Headteacher David Maguire said the exciting project would help correct an imbalance of school places in the area and improve opportunities for pupils.

He said: “There has been an imbalance of school places on our side of town, compared to the amount of development that has taken place, so it is great that we will be able to help families in the town by offering more places. The project will allow us to create exciting environments and opportunities for pupils of all ages.

“There will be huge benefits, with the new extension creating a number of new classrooms as well as room to expand our existing library so we will have more space for group work.”

Mr Maguire added: “We are also planning a studio space to offer more activities such as dance, drama and music.

“The school has been on the up since we joined the Samuel Ward Academy Trust and this is further exciting news for us all.”

The investment has been agreed as part of Suffolk County Council’s capital programme and will see an increase in classrooms for Key Stage Two pupils.

Currently, Coupals Primary has 243 pupils but that could eventually increase to 420 once the extension is completed by September next year. Mr Maguire said: “The recruitment process will be gradual as we estimate that it will be five years until the school is full.

“We will also recruit carefully and properly to ensure we get the best staff.”

The work will also include an extension to the on-site Stepping Stones Under-5s centre, which provides day care and early years education for pre-school children and which will be gaining an additional classroom.

Owner Elaine McManus said: “Our plans are to have separate pre-school and baby and toddler areas.

“We are currently all in the one classroom with no office space, so it is not ideal.

“It is wonderful that we will be getting more space for our children.”

It is hoped children from Stepping Stones will be able to enjoy their new facilities in September.