Free school ready for a new chapter
A SCHOOL that has risen out of the ashes of its predecessor is ready to open.
Staff at IES Breckland Free School, in Brandon, have been working around the clock to put their stamp on the building they inherited from the Breckland Middle School, which closed in July.
Sherry Zand, IES Breckland principal, said changes to the school’s interior had been hampered by a delayed handover, but that things were on track for the start of the new term on Monday.
“Work was supposed to begin on August 1 but didn’t start until the 21st and we’ve been working all hours to get everything sorted for the children.
“We have promised them a fresh start and a brand new exciting opportunity and that’s what we are going to deliver,” she said.
The school will launch with 212 Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils.
Its new look includes two social rooms for students, kitted out with a pool table and comfortable seating.
Classrooms have been revamped, with new carpeting, furniture, white boards and projectors.
Work continues on a number of areas, including the main hall and science block, but Ms Zand insisted that the school was ready for students to begin.
“It will be a building site for a little while, but we will definitely get there because of the commitment of the staff,” she said.
The school will be run by International English Schools (IES) which won a £21 million contract to open it after a campaign from local group, Sabres.
In Parliament, Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, praised the school, having supported it through a lengthy Free School application process for more than a year.
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