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Children rejoice as new classrooms bring to an end building work disruption

PUBLISHED: 15:08 29 January 2018

Year Five pupils in Venus class at Northgate Primary School celebrate their new classroom in the school's new building. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Year Five pupils in Venus class at Northgate Primary School celebrate their new classroom in the school's new building. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2018

Children at a Great Yarmouth school are celebrating months of disruption coming to an end - with four brand new classrooms to show for it.

The new building at Northgate Primary School which has six classrooms, a library, a small drama hall, and changing rooms. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe new building at Northgate Primary School which has six classrooms, a library, a small drama hall, and changing rooms. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Work building on Northgate Primary School has been going on since October 2016, as part of the school expanding from an infant school to a primary.

Throughout this time, pupils have endured life in mobile classrooms and temporary homes, with constant building around the school.

The new building at Northgate Primary School which has six classrooms, a library, a small drama hall, and changing rooms. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe new building at Northgate Primary School which has six classrooms, a library, a small drama hall, and changing rooms. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

However, with work now complete, pupils in Year 4 and Year 5 have a building they can call their own.

The new section of the school, which cost more than £2m, also contains new changing rooms, a library space and a drama studio.

The new building at Northgate Primary School which has six classrooms, a library, a small drama hall, and changing rooms. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe new building at Northgate Primary School which has six classrooms, a library, a small drama hall, and changing rooms. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Lindsay Hanger, headteacher of the school, said: “Logistically, it was a bit of nightmare to be honest. The company did do a very good job of engaging the children - taking them on site visits and things like that - but it is a big relief to have it done.

“The Year 5 class in particular had quite a difficult experience - they began in a mobile then had to go into a Year 2 class and had such a tremendous need for a classroom of their own, so I’m glad we can now give that to them.”

The new building, left, near the old mobile classrooms the children were using at Northgate Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe new building, left, near the old mobile classrooms the children were using at Northgate Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

While it was hoped the building would be completed in time for the beginning of this school year, it is done comfortably in time for September, when the school will have classes from Reception to Year 6 for the first time.

Mrs Hanger added: “The feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive. We recently held an open evening where parents could look around and it was very popular, with everybody pleased with the prospects for their children it offers.

Year Four pupils in Mercury class at Northgate Primary School enjoying the new library in the school's new building. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYYear Four pupils in Mercury class at Northgate Primary School enjoying the new library in the school's new building. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“As a school we are bulging at the seams and have a waiting list for every year group, so the new building is very important for us.”

The school, previously known as Northgate Infant School, became a primary school as part of Norfolk County Council’s education shake up in the town. It was rated good in its last Ofsted inspection.

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