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£3m transformation of Norfolk school welcomed by pupils and parents

New school block opens at Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School. Pictures: David Bale

New school block opens at Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School. Pictures: David Bale

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A £3m project to transform a Norfolk school into an “environment suitable for learning” is finally complete after three years of hard work.

Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School. Pictures: David BaleSuffield Park Infant and Nursery School. Pictures: David Bale

The new block at Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School in Cromer was the last piece in the jigsaw and it opened today.

The building project has included alterations to the existing build and included a new library, six new classrooms, an extended hall and an improved outdoor area for reception children.

Planning started three years ago and building work commenced early last year.

The Norfolk County Council-funded scheme means the school has been able to say goodbye to its mobile classrooms, two of which were installed in 2013 to increase the number of pupil places available.

Headteacher Nichola Stewart said: “It’s tremendous to now be able to give children an environment suitable for their learning. It’s what they all deserve.”

The school has 163 children, aged from four to seven, and there are 80 children in ther nursery.

They will celebrate the completion of the scheme today with performances from the school choir as well as Morris, Maypole and street dancing. The school’s summer fete will be held this afternoon.

Children’s author Julia Jarman, famous for Class Two at the Zoo, among other books, cut the ribbon to open the library in April, and youngsters dressed up as book characters.

In March 2017 youngsters at the Mill Road school had donned hard hats and high visibility jackets to lead a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the work. The children also looked at the building plans and chose colours for the classrooms.

The scheme is part of the county council’s £144m capital investment programme, aimed at increasing school places across the county, improving the quality of school buildings and, where possible, creating more ‘all-through’ schools, combining primary and secondary education on one campus.

Praising the scheme, North Norfolk District councillor for Cromer Town Hilary Cox said: “This is an important step in Suffield Park school’s development and it is great news for the community.”

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