Green light for Suthers secondary school in Newark

Plans for a new secondary school in Newark have been approved.

Newark and Sherwood District Council has approved designs for the Suthers school, Nova Education Trust’s three-storey education establishment – a 77,715 sq ft building set to hold 600 secondary students and 230 sixth form pupils – to be built on Fernwood Business Park.

The school, named after the late county councillor Martin Suthers, a champion of education, currently operates out of temporary buildings at Toot Hill School, Bingham and will offer sports facilities for community use, staff pastoral offices, a distinct student support suite and a combined library and sixth form.

Martin Ford, associate group leader for CPMG Architects, says: “We’re really proud to be working on another project with main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland, to develop a new school and sixth form centre with state-of-the-art facilities.

“Similar to our other successfully designed schools, we will be using Bowmer and Kirkland’s ‘Configure Standard Design’ framework, which will deliver an exemplary teaching environment fully aligned with the Education Skills Funding Agency’s aspirations.

Bowmer & Kirkland Regional Director, Steve Chambers, says: “We have worked in the education sector for many years, but it is always very satisfying to build a new school which will offer improved facilities and help raise aspirations for a great many young people.”

The new development is due to start on site this week and is set to be completed by 29 July 2019.