The headteacher of a brand new school opened during the pandemic has praised the support of staff, students and parents.
The Sir Bobby Robson School in Ipswich opened this month for youngsters with social, emotional and mental health needs.
The school’s state-of-the-art new building in Lindbergh Road will not be open until November due to “understandable” delays in building work caused by Covid-19.
But this hasn’t stopped the first cohort of students attending the school, thanks to temporary classrooms at the nearby Murrayfield Centre.
Headteacher Adam Dabin said: “I am delighted with how the Sir Bobby Robson School has started.
“This is thanks to the hard work of our staff and students and the support we have received from parents and the wider local community.
“The need for further and enhanced SEND provision in the local area is well-documented and we are pleased to have opened the Sir Bobby Robson School to begin addressing this need.”
Mr Dabin praised the support of Suffolk County Council in quickly finding alternative classroom space to enable the school to open two weeks ago.
He added: “Our new school building in Lindbergh Road was hit by understandable delays brought about by the pandemic.
“But we are indebted to the project team at Concertus Design & Property Consultants and R G Carter who are working above and beyond to get us into the building as quickly as possible.
“We have taken staff around the new site and they are hugely excited to be working and learning in such a fantastic environment. We can’t wait to show students and families around the new building as soon as we can.
“I am very proud to be the school’s first headteacher. My vision is to create the best provision for our young people, from an academic, social and emotional perspective.”
The school, which is run by the Unity Schools Partnership, will offer 60 places for students, aged eight and 16 years old, with social, emotional and mental health needs.
The new school will include 15 classrooms, soft play and sensory areas, a new multi-purpose hall, staff and parent facilities as well as a kitchen and dining space.
It was decided to name it after the famous England and Ipswich football manager following a public consultation.