School improves facilities and remembers Ruth

ANOTHER school year is well under way and pupils at one high school are enjoying an improved learning environment.

Stowmarket High School has received £18,000 from Suffolk County Council to revamp its building and improve access for those with disabilities and medical problems.

The school will be doubling the size of its medical room and revamping two sets of entrance doors to improve accessibility.

Some work to improve the site was completed during the summer holidays and the school now boasts a new dance studio with mirrored wall. Two stairwells have also had a make-over and graffiti was removed.

A memorial recreational garden has also been created outside the school, in memory of teacher, Ruth Barber. The 31-year-old head of drama died in March, from a cardiac arrest.

Students and staff gave up their time to create a seating area and flower beds as a memorial.

Headteacher Keith Penn said: The sad loss of a much-loved teacher of drama, Ruth Barber, hit the whole community hard earlier in the year.

“They [the students] have helped to produce a lasting and fitting memorial to Ruth which is seen by all members of the school and used on a daily basis.”

The school is now looking forward to redecorating the dining room, gym, changing rooms and school hall.

Claire Ferguson, assistant headteacher, said: “Our classrooms have always been vibrant learning areas thanks to the efforts of our staff putting together displays. Disappointingly our corridors and many non-teaching areas have sometimes let us down.

“We are excited about the plans we have in place to improve our whole school environment, both inside and out. The school looks much more inviting this year and we have already noticed the positive impact on both staff and students.”

n Stowmarket High School is holding an open evening on October 13, from 6pm to 8pm, and an open day on October 14, from 9am to 3.30pm.