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Construction for new school in Newark set to start in early 2019 at Fernwood Business Park

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The construction of a third secondary school for Newark is set to start in early 2019 at Fernwood Business Park.

As the main contractor, Derbyshire-based Bowmer and Kirkland will oversee construction of the £15m project which will deliver a new 11-18 secondary school building designed for 830 pupils.

Bowmer and Kirkland regional director, Steve Chambers said: “We look forward to working with everyone on this project to deliver a superb new facility in which the students can thrive and achieve their full potential.”

An artist's impression of the The Suthers School at Fernwood. (5631039)
An artist's impression of the The Suthers School at Fernwood. (5631039)

John Tomasevic, chief executive of the Nova Education Trust, which will run the school, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the DfE, Bowmer and Kirkland, CPMG Architects and all other parties involved in developing the plans for this fantastic new school.

“In particular I would like to recognise the untiring support (Newark MP) Robert Jenrick has offered to the project from its inception.

“What Suthers School offers the families of Newark is a greater choice in secondary school provision, providing an exciting new alternative that compliments the other secondary providers in the town.”

Mr Jenrick said: “I’m excited for the students and teachers that we are passing this important milestone for the Suthers School, with work set to commence shortly on the permanent buildings.

“Those involved in establishing the Suthers School had a vision of an outstanding school, offering the same values and standards that many Newark parents have chosen to send their children to Toot Hill in Bingham for, but located in Newark.

“The community can now see the school being built and have the added the confidence in its future that provides.”

With a focus on delivering an academic curriculum supported by a wider range of enrichment activities, the building has been designed to provide the best learning environment for Suthers School students.

The indoor curriculum spaces are complemented by two full-size football pitches and two multi-use games areas.

A landscaped courtyard within a sheltered quadrangle will provide areas for students in bad weather, and a kitchen garden will provide students with the opportunity to grow their own produce.

Bowmer and Kirkland said environmental considerations run heavily through the design of the site with eco-friendly water management systems and a green corridor planted with native species between the site and the A1.

British hedgerow species and meadow grasses will be planted to the north and east boundaries.

Finance for the new build has been provided by the Department for Education.

Bowmer and Kirkland has been an approved contractor on the department’s school’s framework for five years.

During that time, it has built more than £675m of educational projects across all sectors ­— primary, secondary, further, higher and private education.

The school is currently housed at a temporary site near Toot Hill School, which, along with the Newark Academy, is part of the same group.

Suthers School head Andrew Pettit, said: “This is a tremendously important moment in the school’s history.

“The Suthers School offers a uniquely character-centred education and this ­— together with the construction of our state-of-the-art facilities ­— means that the future really is looking bright for the young people of Newark.”

The school is named after the late county councillor Martin Suthers, a champion of education,

It will expand by a year seven group until it reaches full capacity with a sixth form of 230 students.

More information will be available in the coming weeks regarding the provision of temporary accommodation at the Suthers School.

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