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A look inside Suthers School: Dream delivered by new Fernwood campus




The opening of a secondary school’s new site is a dream come true for the students, according to head Mr Andy Pettit.

The Suthers School, which has operated from temporary accommodation on Toot Hill School’s site in Bingham since opening in 2017, will move to its permanent home from September, and Mr Pettit said it is a move that would massively benefit the students’ learning.

Suthers School, Fernwood, Newark. Head Teacher Andy Pettit. (38086006)
Suthers School, Fernwood, Newark. Head Teacher Andy Pettit. (38086006)

“We always knew we would be moving into our new home and although there have been a number of hiccups along the way, to be here now is a huge landmark,” he said.

“It is difficult to put into words the difference it will make for our student, given the challenges they have faced in temporary accommodation, especially those who joined in September 2017 on the basis of a promise.

Suthers School, Fernwood, Newark. L-R Head of PE Jack Sykes-Wood with Ollie Bailey 13, Marcus Cooling 14 and Mya Richards 14. (38085889)
Suthers School, Fernwood, Newark. L-R Head of PE Jack Sykes-Wood with Ollie Bailey 13, Marcus Cooling 14 and Mya Richards 14. (38085889)

“The building itself represents an important investment in education in Newark and an investment in the future of our young people, and also shows the dream they had becoming a reality.

“However small scale it may seem, it is actually massive for the students.”

The school will take on a new group of year seven students, as well as its current year seven, eight and nine year groups, who will be moving up an academic year in September.

The school is made up of three floors, with 15 learning rooms per floor, each able to hold 30 students — with flexibility to move up to 32 students.

The school was designed to feel spacious, even at its 800 capacity.

Reaction from students to follow tomorrow...


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