Norwich school’s £490,000 transformation hailed

Avenue Junior School head teacher Debbie Dismore. Picture: James Bass.

Avenue Junior School head teacher Debbie Dismore. Picture: James Bass. - Credit: Evening News © 2010

A school's £490,000 transformation, which its head teacher says has turned outdated areas into 'vibrant classrooms' is to be marked with a special event.

Avenue Junior School is holding an official opening on Tuesday, when invited guests will be able to see the school's new classrooms and improved facilities.

The project is one of dozens which Norfolk County Council has funded across the county to increase primary school places and means the Norwich school can increase from 90 pupils per year group to 120.

Debbie Dismore, head teacher, said: 'The investment from Norfolk County Council has enabled us to reinvigorate the school by transforming outdated middle school subject areas into vibrant classrooms and areas for today's children.

'We have also been able to create new break out spaces for meetings and individual and small group tuition, a kitchen area for cooking as well as providing wireless technology for the whole school.

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'Working with sympathetic architects we have been able to maximise the potential of the school, whilst also maintaining the features of our wonderful Victorian building.'

The project, which has been designed by NPS Ltd, has seen the inside of the school transformed to create extra classrooms and work areas. An outdoor classroom has been created and the ICT systems have been upgraded.

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James Joyce, chairman of the county council's children's services committee, said: 'We are investing £144m in new and improved school buildings over the next three years, to support vital maintenance and create extra school places in areas of growth.

'We want to ensure that children have the facilities that they need to support their education and that children don't have to be taught in cramped classrooms or in classes that are too big.

'Avenue Junior School is a great school and these improvements mean that more children in the local community will be able to benefit from the effective teaching and learning that the school offers.'

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