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Students at Sybil Andrews Academy have begun benefitting from a newly opened teaching block.

The Bury St Edmunds secondary school has officially opened its third education block which will be primarily used by music and drama students as well as enhancing existing provision for SEND students.

Trenica King, headteacher, said she was delighted with the new facility which has opened as the school increases its capacity to around 700 students.

She said: “It is wonderful to have this amazing new space to inspire our music and drama students.

“We are able to offer eight practice rooms, two new classrooms and a wonderful new drama studio as well as increase and further enhance our SEND provision.

“The students love their new space while the social skills they learn in music and drama, confidence-building and creative skills for example, are then transferred into other subjects.”

The new education block was again overseen by Concertus Design and Property Consultants who have managed the building of the school since it opened three years ago.

Charles Coulson, associate at Concertus, said: “We wanted it to be consistent with the other two buildings while also having some subtle differences.

“We have worked with the school to create this university-style setting and it is great to see the building fully opened and being used so enthusiastically by students and staff.”

A fourth teaching block is to start shortly to further enhance the teaching of design technology and food technology.