Stowmarket High School | Wates

Project overview

Delivered as part of a batch of schools within the Priority Schools Building Programme 2, Stowmarket is a £16.9m new-build, three-storey high school in Stowmarket, Suffolk. When complete, it will accommodate 1,125 pupils, including 150 Sixth Formers.

This project adopted Wates’ standardised Adapt model, which reduced time on site, improved quality and reduced defects. The project incorporated dining and kitchen facilities, a main hall, drama studio, activity hall and Special Educational Needs facilities. The new school, which is based on the footprint of the former 1950s building, also provides extensive sports facilities, which will be available for use by the local community.

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Stowmarket High School Inside
Stowmarket High School

As well as providing careers and mentoring opportunities for people in the community, the project has established close links with local schools. During the project, nine former pupils visited the site to hear about the project from the team and to share their memories of the old school. The visitors were some of the first pupils who joined the intake of 450 pupils when the original school was opened in 1956.

  • Customer: Education and Skills Funding Agency (now ESA)
  • £16.9m value
  • 1,125 pupils

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