Boxer opens new primary school near Norwich

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primar

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primary School, Three Mile Lane, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood. - Credit: Archant

Children and parents got a glimpse of a new primary school at the start of the new term.

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primar

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primary School, Three Mile Lane, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood. - Credit: Archant

Costessey Primary School, on Three Mile Lane, was officially opened by Norfolk boxer Jon Thaxton on Wednesday, September 4.

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primar

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primary School, Three Mile Lane, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood. - Credit: Archant

It has been built on the site of the former Costessey Junior School which has been extended to take in more than 600 children aged four to 11.

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primar

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primary School, Three Mile Lane, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood. - Credit: Archant

The junior school and Costessey Infant School, on nearby Beaumont Road, merged to create the new primary school, which cost £3.95m.

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primar

Jon Thaxton, former English professional lightweight boxer, at the grand opening of Costessey Primary School, Three Mile Lane, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood. - Credit: Archant

To celebrate the opening of the new school, pupils and their families enjoyed a community fun day.

Katie Lawson, principal of Costessey primary, said: "The day was a great success. We are thrilled by how many families came along. Everyone who came had positive comments to make about the school."


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Costessey primary includes a new two-storey extension, funded by Norfolk County Council, which features seven classrooms, three rooms for small group work, a new staff room and toilets.

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