School begins £5.75m expansion work to boost pupil capacity

The ariel view of Roydon Primary School. Picture: Google

The ariel view of Roydon Primary School. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

A primary school's £5.75m upgrade that will see its pupil capacity greatly increase has begun.

The plans for the expansion of Roydon Primary School. Picture: Morgan Sindall

The plans for the expansion of Roydon Primary School. Picture: Morgan Sindall - Credit: Archant

Work to improve Roydon Primary School, near Diss, will see the school undergo a large expansion, increasing its capacity from 250 to 420 students.

The build will create eight new classrooms, a main hall, food technology room, reception area, offices, toilets and storage space.

Teachers will also be given a new staff room as part of the expansion with sections of the school's main building and library, which dates back to 1886, being refurbished.

The project will also involve the removal of four old mobile classrooms, with completion set for 2019.

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Sarah Bradford, headteacher at Roydon Primary School, said: 'We are very much looking forward to the luxury of a food technology room but our greatest joy will be to wave goodbye to the four mobile classrooms that were installed as temporary structures more than 20 years ago. It will be marvellous to have everyone under one roof.

'Retaining much of our playing field was a key part of the planning process. Although we are losing some of the space, the new multi-use games area will be available all year round.'

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The project was approved by Norfolk County Council (NCC) and is being undertaken by construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall.

The scheme is part of a £169m investment by NCC to increase the number of school places in Norfolk by expanding or building new schools.

County councillor for Diss and Roydon, Keith Kiddie, said: 'Roydon Primary School is seen as a great school.

'This work will see an improvement to the facilities and even with the size of the work, the school is being able to keep a large playing field.

'It is taking a what is a great school and making it even better.'

The NCC programme has created more than 3,800 extra school places since 2013.

Saul Humphrey, managing director of Morgan Sindall's East region, said: 'We're looking forward to providing an outstanding learning and teaching environment that will help to meet growing demand for more school places in Roydon and Diss.'

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