December 7 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Hopes for a £10m rebuild of a complex needs school in south Norfolk are starting to raise, after an exhibition of plans for the school was held.
Chapel Road School, in Attleborough, will move to nearby Old Buckenham under plans from Norfolk County Council.
The school was due to be rebuilt under the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, which ended up being scrapped.
Norfolk County Council has already committed £4m to rebuilding the school and last night exhibited plans for a site off Abbey Road in Old Buckenham, near to the village’s primary and high schools.
In July, the scheme gained momentum when the Department for Education agreed to contribute £3.8m to fund extra places at the school and the county council is proposing to commit a further £2.2m of capital funding.
At the exhibition, at Old Buckenham Primary, parents from all three schools and local residents were able to look at the plans.
Helen Evans, from Attleborough, has a child at both the primary and high school in Old Buckenham and said: “I think the major concern for everybody will be the traffic. It’s already hideous with the amount of children we have now and no lollipop lady any more.
“I haven’t got a problem with the new school at all. It’s going to be as big as this school with 110 children so, hopefully, there’s the potential to share some facilities.”
The new school would allow for much-needed new facilities for Chapel Road School, and to expand from its current 60-pupil limit to 110.
Beth Roe, also from Attleborough, has one child at Old Buckenham Primary and two at the high school. She said: “I think it’s a really good idea to move the school to Old Buckenham – especially as they can share facilities.
“Traffic is a major concern because the village can be totally gridlocked at school drop off and pick up times.”
The exhibition featured maps showing the potential solution to access problems, including the potential for an access road from the main Attleborough Road along the back of the primary school site.
Karin Heap, headteacher of Chapel Road School, added: “This is total desperation for us. Our current school is unsuitable.”