Plans for new library at Cobholm Primary Academy

Cobholm Primary Academy, Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass

Cobholm Primary Academy, Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A school is looking to broaden the horizons of its pupils, with the addition of a new library to its premises.

Cobholm Primary Academy has lodged a planning application to Great Yarmouth Borough Council to add a new building to its site on Mill Road, to serve as a dedicated library.

If approved, the plans will see a timber-clad building erected, costing £75,000, as part of a £230,000 improvement project at the Inspiration Trust school.

When completed, the library will have space for up to 30 children, to allow for whole-class reading sessions, as well as providing a space for individual reading during break times.

It follows additions of a new playground for the school's nursery, refurbishments which have included repainting classrooms and corridors, new lights and flooring, and a new visitor reception, which have all been added since the school became an academy in December 2014.


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Principal Kimberly Morton said: 'We want to give children in Cobholm the best possible education, and while so much of that comes from our teachers and working with pupils and their families, having bright and modern surroundings to learn in really makes a difference too.'

She added: 'It is fantastic to be able to keep improving the school. Our new early years playground has been really well used by our nursery children and we can now offer more places to local children.

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'It is hoped the new library, if approved, will prove a valuable asset to the school as a whole.'

Miss Morton said: 'Getting the foundations of reading, writing, and mathematics right is absolutely crucial and we are delighted that we will soon have a new library for our children.

'We really want to encourage a love of reading and the new library building will give us a special space to enjoy books, both in our whole class work and for the sheer pleasure of it.'

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