September 23 2014 Latest news:
By DAVID BLACKMORE
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Transformation for Norfolk primary school that first opened in the 1870s
Children spoke of their “brilliant” new-look school during a celebration to mark its £2m transformation.
Pupils were moved to another school while four extra classrooms and a new hall were built at St Germans Primary School, near King’s Lynn.
Former High Sheriff of Norfolk Sir Jeremy Bagge lead Thursday night’s celebration as the new-look school was officially unveiled.
Alison Hughes, head teacher, said: “This is a very significant transformation for St. Germans and it is fabulous to finally have our own school hall to use for assemblies, PE and concerts.
“We now have the space and facilities to deliver the curriculum in bright classrooms with the latest ICT and we have a much more efficient building with a new biomass boiler, double glazing and the removal of our mobile classroom.”
Norfolk County Council secured government funding for the project. St Germans School had seen little work since its opening in the 1870s and it had no hall and limited space for its growing number of pupils.
The work was so significant that the school’s 89 pupils had to move to their partnership school, Magdalen Village, during the project.
Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, said: “This project will be of huge benefit to hundreds of children in St. Germans both now and in the future and is the second significant building project to have finished in the west of the county in recent months, with Middleton Primary celebrating its transformation just before Christmas.
“Although there is limited capital funding available this significant work shows that we will make every effort to secure what resources we can to benefit the education of Norfolk’s children and that we remain firmly committed to supporting the learning of children in the west of the county.”
During the celebrationns pupils Rhys Younge, Natasha Moore, Samuel Beeby and Alfir O’Connor, all aged 10, read their words on what the transformation means to them.
Rhys said: “I arrived at school and I felt really excited. Our new building is great, it is much bigger and better than our old school.
“My favourite part of the school is the massive hall which we can do pretty much anything in.”
Natasha told guests: “I like my old school, but love this new school.
“On my first day back at St Germans it was strange because I didn’t know where anything was.”
Alfie added: “I think what they have done is superb, because all the classrooms are big.
“The playground might be small, but it is still good. The sports hall is massive and it’s perfect for PE.”
The new building was designed by NPS Ltd and maintains many Victorian features. RG Carter carried out the building work.
Richard Rockcliffe, county councillor for Fincham, which includes Wiggenhall St. Germans, said: “This was a much needed transformation for the school, which now has modern classrooms and state of the art technology.
“It has also maintained many of its Victorian features, which I know are valued by the local community.
“I am sure the children of St. Germans will enjoy learning in their fantastic new classrooms and will benefit from the many opportunities their new building presents, across the curriculum.”