Education and Learning Infrastructure Plan

Find out about the planned responses to the need for new school places across Suffolk.

The Education and Learning Infrastructure Plan is currently being redrafted and will appear here soon.

The latest version will look at where there will be the need for more school places in Suffolk in the future. It also gives details of how the council plans to respond to these changes in the number of learners across the county.

Information about proposals for new schools in Suffolk

Information about open competitions seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors here.


 

Proposed new primary free school in Stowmarket, Suffolk

The local authority has been successful in our bid to the Department for Education to open a new primary free school in Suffolk and are now seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors.

The new 210 place primary free school in Stowmarket will provide places for young people aged 4 to 11 years. A 60 place pre-school will also be located on site and Sponsors will also be asked to consider offering places to 2 year olds.

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In the meantime, the Department for Education website outlines more about the process: Apply to open a special or alternative provision free school.

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact the Schools Infrastructure Team at schools@suffolk.gov.uk.

Deadline to submit application forms was Friday 7 August 2020. 


Proposed new special free school in Bungay, Suffolk

The local authority has been successful in our bid to the Department for Education to open a new special free school in Suffolk and are now seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors.

The new 80 place free school in Bungay will provide places for young people aged 9 to 16 years with complex communication and interaction needs.

The closing date for proposals has now passed.

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In the meantime, the Department for Education website outlines more about the process: Apply to open a special or alternative provision free school.

Information event for prospective providers

An information event for providers interested in applying for either of the two new special schools was held on Thursday 12 March 2020. Download the information shared at the event (PDF, 483KB)

The information event was held for prospective providers interested in applying for either of the two new special schools: 

  • Communication and Interaction School in Bungay
  • School for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs in Bury St Edmunds.

Update

We are still intending to go ahead with interviews for the new special schools in Suffolk in late April (27, 28 and 30). Clearly, circumstances now mean that interviews will need to be carried out using Skype rather then face to face. If your trust is invited to interview and finds itself unable to meet the interview date because of illness, we will ask you to let us know so that we can agree alternative arrangements. If you have any questions about this, please contact joy.stodart@suffolk.gov.uk

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact the Schools Infrastructure Team at schools@suffolk.gov.uk.

Deadline to submit application forms was Friday 3 April 2020


Proposed new special free school in Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

The local authority has been successful in our bid to the Department for Education to open a new special free school in Suffolk and are now seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors.

The new 80 place free school in Bury St Edmunds will provide places for young people aged 9 to 16 years with complex social, emotional and mental health needs.

The closing date for proposals has now passed.

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In the meantime, the Department for Education website outlines more about the process: Apply to open a special or alternative provision free school.

Information event for prospective providers

An information event for providers interested in applying for either of the two new special schools was held on Thursday 12 March 2020. Download the information shared at the event (PDF, 483KB)

The information event was held for prospective providers interested in applying for either of the two new special schools: 

  • Communication and Interaction School in Bungay
  • School for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs in Bury St Edmunds.

Update

We are still intending to go ahead with interviews for the new special schools in Suffolk in late April (27, 28 and 30). Clearly, circumstances now mean that interviews will need to be carried out using Skype rather then face to face. If your trust is invited to interview and finds itself unable to meet the interview date because of illness, we will ask you to let us know so that we can agree alternative arrangements. If you have any questions about this, please contact joy.stodart@suffolk.gov.uk

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact the Schools Infrastructure Team at schools@suffolk.gov.uk.

Deadline to submit application forms was Friday 3 April 2020 


Free school presumption competition - primary school in Lakenheath, Suffolk

The opening of the new free school in Lakenheath has been delayed from 2019 to 2021. This is due to a delay in determination of the housing planning applications, new school will serve the pupils arising from these developments.

The local authority was seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors to open a new 210-place primary free school in Lakenheath, to open in September 2019.

The closing date for proposals has now passed.

For all enquiries, please contact schools@suffolk.gov.uk.

Deadline for receipt of proposals was Friday 4 May 2018 at midday.


Proposed new special free school in Ipswich, Suffolk

The local authority was seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors to open a new 60-place SEMH/ASD free school in Ipswich.

The closing date for proposals has now passed.

For all enquiries, please contact schools@suffolk.gov.uk.


Proposed new primary school in Red Lodge, Suffolk

Under Section 6a of the Education & Inspections Act 2006 (the ‘free school presumption’) where a LA identifies the need to establish a new school they must, in the first instance, seek proposals to establish an academy. Suffolk County Council has identified the need to establish a new primary school in Red Lodge to open in September 2018.

The authority was seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors to open this new school. This school would be deemed a free school.

The closing date for proposals has now passed.

The authority is also planning to provide a new school at Lakenheath which is also in the Forest Heath area. This may be of interest to potential sponsors of Red Lodge.