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Diggers move onto site of new Norfolk primary as building work begins

PUBLISHED: 16:29 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:30 08 January 2018

Work begins at St Clements Hill Primary Academy. Picture: Kier Construction

Work begins at St Clements Hill Primary Academy. Picture: Kier Construction

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Diggers have moved onto the site of Norfolk’s next new primary school, as building work begins.

Work begins at St Clements Hill Primary Academy. Picture: Kier ConstructionWork begins at St Clements Hill Primary Academy. Picture: Kier Construction

Construction work has started on St Clements Hill Primary Academy, which is due to open on Sewell Park Academy’s east site, off Wall Road in Norwich, in September.

The 420-place school will be run by the Right for Success Trust, which is based at Eaton Hall Specialist Academy in Norwich, and was granted planning permission by Norwich City Council in October.

And, with nine months until it is due to take its first pupils, foundation works are now in place.

Dennis Cotton, operations director for Kier Construction Eastern, which is managing the build, said: “We are very pleased with our progress on the new St Clements Hill Primary Academy. The foundation works for the new building are now complete and we are moving on to the next stage which is the above ground works, including the assembly of the structural steel frame and commencement of the external façade works, such as brickwork.

Sewell Park Academy, Norwich.(sign not updated).
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYSewell Park Academy, Norwich.(sign not updated). PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

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“We are looking forward to delivering this new academy that will bring many benefits to the local community.”

When built, the school will include a two-storey teaching block, a main hall and single-storey area next to an existing sports pavilion.

In a newsletter to parents, the firm said work over the coming weeks included refurbishing the pavilion building and excavating and installing below-ground services, such as drainage.

St Clements is set to become the county’s eighth free school - a type of academy which is free to attend but not under local authority control.

The Right for Success said they were “thrilled” Kier was taking on the project, and said it would be a school “conceived, designed and custom-built to meet the needs” of people in the area.

“Our focus is on developing an aspirational culture that will ensure our pupils are given opportunities that broaden their horizons and raise their own expectations of what they can achieve at school and beyond,” they said.

The trust has previously said there is need for primary spaces in Sewell Park’s catchment area, with its surrounding feeder schools all nearing capacity.

For more information on the school, click here.

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