A complete new school building for Stowmarket High School

We are delighted to confirm that the we were granted full Planning Permission by Mid Suffolk District Council, for our new school buildings for Stowmarket High School, following our public & stakeholder consultation which took place on 8th May,

This follows on from our successful in our bid to replace the majority of our school buildings under the Government's 'Priority Schools Building Programme' (PSBP2), and we have been working closely with the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the architects, contractors and design consultants to develop the plans for this exiting new development.


Project programming

Work started on site during the October half term 2018, with phase one due to complete around Easter 2020, when we hope to be able to move into the new building. The second phase is the demolition of the existing building, followed by the landscaping of this area, which should be completed around the summer holidays 2020.


Site layout

The works will involve constructing a three-story new school building on the current school field, which means that it's construction can take place with the minimum of disruption or risk to the students, teachers or visitors to the school. Once the construction phase is completed we will relocate the furniture, fittings and equipment into the new building, and then the mojority of the existing buildings will be demolished. Again, with a clear separation between the two elements, the demolition (and subsequent landscaping), can take place with the minimum possible disruption to the day-to-day operation of the school and to the local community.

The current sixth-form block is to be retained as this is a more recent building, and the main entrance routes for vehicles, buses and pedestrians/cyclists will remain the same as currently.  

design proposal dining

The double-aspect dining area, overlooking the school playing feilds

design proposal arial view

Arial view showing the new building and main pathways


If you would like to discuss any aspect of the new school or the plans, please do not hesitate to contact Ian Lipman, Project Manager - ianl@stowmarket.suffolk.sch.uk or 07715 961 422