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Work under way on £5.75m expansion plan to double size of primary school

PUBLISHED: 08:32 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:33 19 April 2018

Headteacher at Roydon School, Sarah Bradford, celebrates with pupils, after their Ofsted success.

Headteacher at Roydon School, Sarah Bradford, celebrates with pupils, after their Ofsted success.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2015

A £5.75m plan to double the size of a primary school near Diss has been given the go ahead - and building work is already under way.

Proposed elevations of Roydon Primary School, with its eight-classroom extension. Picture: NPS/Norfolk County CouncilProposed elevations of Roydon Primary School, with its eight-classroom extension. Picture: NPS/Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council has approved a significant expansion for Roydon Primary School, which will nearly double its capacity to 420.

Submitted by the county council’s children’s services team last year, the plans also include a main hall, kitchen, offices, toilets and storage.

It will also see refurbishments to the existing building and an expansion of its car park, allowing space for up to 50 vehicles.

Sarah Bradford, headteacher, said: “The whole school is incredibly excited about this great step forward in our vision to create one of the most modern learning spaces 
in the county for our children.

“When it’s completed, we’ll be able to provide many more school places for local children in our growing neighbourhood, and it will be a fantastic asset for our community.”

The expansion was targeted as a response to increasing demand on the school, due to the growing community in its catchment area.

The school currently caters for 252 pupils, however, once the project is complete it would allow for an intake of 420.

The expansion will replace four 20-year-old mobile classrooms and update the main school building which dates back to 1886.

It will see the old kitchen replaced and three classrooms making way for eight new ones.

In its original application, Norfolk children’s services said: “Diss experiences significant pressure on school places due to housing developments, but the proximity of much of the housing is closer to, or as close to, Roydon as it is to Diss.

“We are looking at longer term solutions with South Norfolk Council to allocate a new school site for Diss in the next Local Plan if further housing allocations are made.”

The statement added Roydon Primary was identified for expansion because a feasibility report had found the nearby Diss Junior School unsuitable for expansion.

The development is to be completed in four phases, with the first phase updating the car park.

Completion is scheduled for mid 2019.

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