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Section 10 Consultation REPORT

Thank you for showing an interest in our new school! Please find our Section 10 Consultation Report below:

What it’s all about

Grace Cook Primary School will be located at Fuller Way, Chilton Leys, on the Northfield View housing development. The school is being named after Stowmarket’s pioneering female astronomer, providing a strong link to the history and community of Stowmarket, as well as an inspirational role model for the pupils.

Our school will be a one-form entry primary school with 30 places in each year group. We will also have a Nursery with 60 places. In 2022 pupils will be accepted into the Nursery and Reception, as well as Years 1 and 2.

Why choose Orwell Multi Academy Trust?

At Orwell MAT, children are at the heart of everything we do, and we ensure that every decision we make is serving the children of the Trust equally.  Our mission is to create schools where learning is unstoppable and aspirations have no limit, enabling all children to flourish, no matter what their starting point or needs. Everyone in Orwell MAT takes collective responsibility for success across the Trust and we work together to bring about the best outcomes across all of our schools. We ensure that there is equality of experience and opportunity for all children, no matter which school they attend.

Our Section 10 Report

After a six-week public consultation about the opening of Grace Cook Primary School in Stowmarket next September, Orwell Multi-Academy Trust (OMAT) is delighted to have published its findings. Around a hundred people responded to the consultation, overwhelmingly supporting the plans for the new school on the Northfield View housing development at Chilton Leys. Almost 85% thought the school was needed.

Richard Dedicoat, Grace Cook’s Head Teacher said “I want to thank everyone who took part in the consultation. We have listened and where we can, we will respond. It is very important to me and the Trust that Grace Cook Primary School is part of the community it will serve”.

The main concern from respondents was about parking and traffic management. In response, OMAT is taking steps to minimise any congestion by implementing a 'walking bus' as well as encouraging walking and cycling. The Trust is also in advanced discussion with councillors and officers at Suffolk County Council to improve the footpaths which lead from Kipling Way to the school site, making walking a much more practical option for many families.

The focus now shifts to pupil recruitment with events planned for early January. For more information about how to apply for a place at Grace Cook Primary School please click the link Admissions