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Funding Agreement

Orwell Multi Academy Trust shares its excitement following the signing of the Funding Agreement for Grace Cook Primary School.

Orwell Multi Academy Trust (OMAT) has today announced the news that it has signed a Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education for Grace Cook Primary School and Nursery in Stowmarket. This clears the way for the school to open its doors for the first time in September.

The school is being built on land at Fuller Way on the Northfield View housing development in the Chilton Leys area of Stowmarket. Progress with the build – which is being overseen by Suffolk County Council - is on track for everything to be ready for the start of the new school year. Grace Cook Primary School and Nursery will welcome pupils starting in Reception, as well as Year 1 and 2. When full, the school will have 210 pupils. In addition, there will be a 60-place Nursery run by the Trust on the school site.

Chief Executive Officer of OMAT – Anna Hennell James – said “We have been working tirelessly towards this moment since receiving initial approval to run the new school at the end of 2020. There is still a way to go but we are confident everything will be in place for September to enable us to provide a first-rate primary education experience for the founder cohort of Grace Cook pupils and all those who follow in their footsteps. We still have room for more pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, as well as the Nursery, so please get in touch. We’d love to see you and your children.”

Headteacher of the school – Richard Dedicoat – said: "I'm delighted we've reached this important milestone on our journey to opening Grace Cook Primary School in September. I can't wait to welcome the first pupils into our brand-new school in just a few months."