West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has visited Ixworth Free School to see the progress of its £4.4 million refurbishment programme.
He last visited the Walsham Road school in November 2014, two months after it was opened by the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust, which has invested in the refurbishment to accommodate growing student numbers and provide more modern learning spaces.
Mr Hancock, who is also Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said he was pleased to see what changes the school had made in its first year.
The visit also gave the students the chance to learn more about his role as the school’s constuituency’s MP.
Students have newly refurbished classrooms and a gym, as well as a new open plan learning zone and art studios.
It is hopep the school will have a new front entrance and reception area, multi-purpose hall and a landscaped outdoor learning space by January.
Mr Hancock said: “It was wonderful to see the progress Ixworth Free School is making, the positivity of the students, the impressive improvements and the determination of the leadership to see pupils succeed.
“As local MP it is my job to support all the schools in West Suffolk to succeed, and it is hugely heartening to see the school blossoming”.
Niki King, headteacher, said: “It is an exciting time for the school as we near the end of our refurbishment programme and we are all looking forward to enjoying the completed new facilities in the New Year.”