Construction work in progress at the new school and nursery in Stowmarket

12:00 p.m. December 29, 2021

The achievements of Suffolk astronomer Alice Grace Cook will be marked by the opening of a new primary school for 210 pupils in Stowmarket next year.

Construction work on the state-of-the-art Grace Cook Primary School and a nursery that will accommodate 60 preschoolers is now well underway.

The name of the school was chosen to connect with the history and community of Stowmarket, as well as to provide an inspiring role model for the city’s students.

Alice Grace Cook, who died in 1958, bore her middle name and was born in Stowmarket in 1877. She was best known in her field for her meteor research in the early 20th century.

While many people may not have heard of her, Miss Cook was one of the very first female members of the Royal Astronomical Society.

In 1950, eight years before her death, she became a founding member of the Ipswich and District Astronomical Society.

RG Carter – Closing Ceremony at Grace Cook School in Stowmarket Suffolk. Pictured tightening the bolt up front Anna Hennell James – CEO Orwell Multi Academy Trust with LR Neil Eaton and Rachel Hood – Suffolk County Council, Cllr Keith Welham and Cllr Penny Otton
– Credit: RG Carter

The new elementary and kindergarten is scheduled to open in September 2022 in the Northfield View subdivision in the city’s Chilton neighborhood.

James Wilson, Principal and CEO of RG Carter, which is building the school, said: “We are delighted to be working on this project and happy to celebrate such a key moment in the development of this brilliant community building.

“The Grace Cook Primary School and Nursery will be a fantastic facility for the people of Stowmarket and will support the town’s growing population for many years to come. “

A coronation ceremony has now taken place at the school where local councilors Concertus developers and RG Carter celebrated the building reaching its climax.

Charles Coulson, Associate Director of Concertus Designers and Project Managers, said: “The new Grace Cook Elementary and Kindergarten will provide a modern and responsive learning environment for children in the area, while helping to alleviate the pressure on local schools due to housing expansion in the area.

“Our design is focused on representing the school environment in the color choices and fabric of the building and on creating a central community center that will be both unique and aesthetically pleasing. “

Dora W. Clawson