A school for pupils with complex and moderate learning difficulties is planning a £3 million revamp of facilities to meet an increase in pupil numbers.
Priory School, in Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds, wants to build a new larger sports hall, hydrotherapy pool, two extra classrooms and extend its assembly hall.
In proposals submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council, the school seeks to infill inner courtyards to extend its dining hall and form a new boarders’ dining room.
It also wants to extend the front of the main entrance for a lobby outside the main school areas. The facilities are needed for the school’s increased population, which has risen from its original 80 to 130 with requirements to increase that to 150.
Head Lawrence Chapman said they have placed a funding bid with the Department for Education’s Academies Capital Maintenace Fund.
He said the hydrotherpay would serve pupil needs linking to physiotherapy and occupational therapy and could be let out for wider community use.
n Meanwhile, each week one pupil at the school is being awarded a £5 Sainsbury’s voucher to recognise their 100 per cent week-long attendance. The supermarket giant is sponsoring the initiative for the year.