School is first in West Suffolk to create 4D interactive classroom in £4.4m revamp

The Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lady Clare Euston with Graham Watson, director of the Seckford Foundation and Niki King, headteacher at Ixworth Free School ANL-160229-172141001
The Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lady Clare Euston with Graham Watson, director of the Seckford Foundation and Niki King, headteacher at Ixworth Free School ANL-160229-172141001
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A school is the first in the West Suffolk area to create a 4D interactive classroom to provide ‘immersive’ learning in a multi-million pound revamp.

Ixworth Free School invested £40,000 in the technology to create ‘real life’ sensory experiences such as walking in space or through a rainforest.

It is part of a two stage £4.4 million refurbishment programme which was unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk Lady Clare Euston.

The work started when the school, in Walsham Road, Ixworth, opened in September 2014 and the first stage includedrefurbished classrooms, gym, art studios and a new open plan learning zone.

The second phase saw the construction of a new front entrance, reception area, outdoor learning space and a 200 seat multi-purpose hall.

Niki King, headteacher at Ixworth Free School, said: “The new and refurbished facilities are an excellent addition to the school providing fresh, inspiring and motivating learning environments for all students to enjoy.

“Thank you to all involved in the refurbishment programme - we’re looking forward to using the new facilities this school year and for years to come.”

The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust set up the school on the former site of Ixworth Middle, which closed when the area moved to two tier education.

The revamp was needed to help accommodate growing student numbers. The school currently has 210 students and its 2015/16 capacity for year groups 7 to 10 is 480.

Lady Euston, who unveiled a commemorative plaque for the opening of the facilities, added: “I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the inspiring new facilities which the students of Ixworth Free School are now enjoying.” The opening also included a celebratory fireworks display.