Sketches for new £4.5-million primary school in Gayton, near King’s Lynn, unveiled

Gayton Primary School. Picture: Ian Burt

Gayton Primary School. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Brand new classrooms, a school hall and kitchen facilities are featured in the proposals for a new £4.5 million primary school to be built in west Norfolk.

Plans for new primary school near Gayton near King's Lynn. Early drawings were unveilled today.

Plans for new primary school near Gayton near King's Lynn. Early drawings were unveilled today. - Credit: Archant

With growing pressures on population growth and new developments being planned across the area, the facility is also being designed to accommodate more pupils.

Gayton Church of England Primary School, in Gayton, near King's Lynn, is set to move into the new-build in 2017 and early plans for the site have been unveiled.

The scheme aims to support the school, which converted from an infant to a primary school in 2011, and also accommodate future growth in the area.

Rachael Greenhalgh, headteacher, said: 'As staff we are very excited about the prospect of this new school build.

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'We have been waiting a long time to get to this stage, but looking at the plans and location it has certainly been worth the wait.

She added: 'We have a fantastic staff at Gayton and we are very pleased that the majority of our wonderful children will benefit from this new build.'

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Classes for older children are currently held in mobile classrooms.

But the new school will accommodate 180 pupils with the option of expanding to 210 places. The Gayton Goslings Playgroup will also relocate to the site.

Norfolk County Council is currently in talks with the landowners for the new school, which will be located on the corner of Back Street and Winch Road.

Planning applications should be submitted in the new year, with building set to start in the summer if approved.

James Joyce, Chairman of the Children's Services Committee, said: 'This is an exciting project for the Gayton community, bringing a new school to the village with modern facilities and space for pupils to play, learn and explore.'

Andy Mash, Director of Education at the Diocese of Norwich, added: 'The school will retain its Christian ethos in the new facilities and we look forward to continuing to support both staff and children through the build period and into the future.'

The proposals will remain on display until the end of the month. Contact the school at 01553 636267 to arrange a viewing.

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