Funding boost for Haverhill academy

Howard Lay pictured with Samuel Ward Academy after Ofsted rated the school outstanding in every category in 2012.
Howard Lay pictured with Samuel Ward Academy after Ofsted rated the school outstanding in every category in 2012.

Samuel Ward Academy is to undergo a programme of building improvements after learning it will benefit from a multi-billion pound Government funding scheme.

The Samuel Ward Trust is one of 277 schools nationally will receive money from the £6 billion Priority Schools Building Programme.

The Trust made a bid on behalf of Samuel Ward Academy to improve the standard of school buildings so that pupils learn in state of the art classrooms and teachers have access to the best facilities.

The new approach will ensure that school buildings will be rebuilt faster than those built under the previous initiative - Building Schools for the Future - and Samuel Ward is hopeful that the works will be completed within a year from their start date.

The next step will be a scoping exercise commencing in April onwards to assess the detailed work required, together with any specific site issues, and to review the best method and timescale for delivery.

Howard Lay, chief executive officer of the Samuel Ward Multi-Academy Trust said: “We are delighted with this news, Samuel Ward Academy is one of the highest performing schools in the Eastern Region and its success needs to be sustained through a high quality environment.

“The Academy is attracting increasing numbers of pupils, not only from Suffolk but also from Essex and Cambridgeshire in both the lower school and sixth form and as a result accommodation needs to improve.

“Although we recognise that it is quality teaching that is at the heart of excellent learning and outcomes, we also know that the environment does help.

“This has been demonstrated in the recently opened new Churchill School and the soon to open new build at Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury, both providing outstanding learning environments.

“The Trust is committed to investing in all our schools and is appreciative of the support the DfE are providing. We believe that our learners and teachers deserve the best.”