Council poised to buy site for Attleborough Infant School to become an primary school

Attleborough Infant School. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Attleborough Infant School. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Plans to re-organise primary education in Attleborough are set to move forward after Norfolk County Council revealed it was poised to buy a site for a school to expand on.

The council has completed a consultation on creating two all-through primaries in Attleborough, with one in the north and one in the south, replacing the current system of one infant and one junior school.

A report to this week's Children's Services Committee said the reorganisation 'has the support of both schools and received no adverse comment in the consultation period'.

It would see the infant school move from its current site, next to the Attleborough Academy, giving the high school extra accommodation.

The council had been considering two possible locations - commercially-owned land on London Road, and land it owns on Hargham Road - and preferred the London Road option, even though it would be more costly because of the need to buy the land.

However, council officer Chris Hey said a recent decision by Breckland Council to earmark the Hargham Road site for housing had increased its value, equalising the differential between the two sites.

Councillor Mark Kiddle-Morris said: 'The site on Hargham Road was always going to be a problem with traffic, because the road in particular is a very narrow road. The one on London Road would be far more preferable.'

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The committee supported plans to buy the London Road site, which will now be considered by the council's Policy and Resources Committee on February 8.

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