Bury St Edmunds school is set to open new building within weeks

Mark Bailey, Richard Groom, Joy Stoddart, Kevin Tyrrell, Andy Prestoe, Andrew Rowe, Gordon Jones and Colin Noble at the official handover of Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds ANL-161116-111559001
Mark Bailey, Richard Groom, Joy Stoddart, Kevin Tyrrell, Andy Prestoe, Andrew Rowe, Gordon Jones and Colin Noble at the official handover of Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds ANL-161116-111559001

A Bury St Edmunds school is set to open its new state-of-the-art base two months earlier than anticipated.

Sybil Andrews Academy launched at the former St James Middle School site, in The Vinefields, in September after construction of its new building on Moreton Hall overran.

It was expected to be completed for students to move in in January. However, the building - the first phase of the development - will now open within weeks after it was officially handed over to Suffolk County Council.

Andy Prestoe, head at the school which is part of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, said: “We’ve enjoyed a great start to life as Sybil Andrews and we couldn’t have asked for any more support from staff, students and parents.

“We’ve been eagerly awaiting this official handover and are delighted it has now happened. We will now spend the next few weeks preparing the classrooms and getting ready for students to formally start at the new building. We thank everyone who has played their part in this new state-of-the-art school.”

Jon Ward, vice-chairman of the trust, praised the contractor teams from Barnes Construction and Concertus Design & Property Consultants.

He said phase two will provide ‘fantastic sporting facilities’ which are ‘well ahead of schedule’.

Cllr Gordon Jones, cabinet member for education, said: “This has been a highly complex project involving a number of partners and we are extremely pleased with the end result.”