Pulham Primary School celebrate permission to build new reception class

Pulham Primary School are having a new extension built. Pictured is the area the new classroom will

Pulham Primary School are having a new extension built. Pictured is the area the new classroom will be built. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A south Norfolk primary school has been granted planning permission to build a new reception class area.

A new classroom, cloakroom, toilet and outside play area will be built at Pulham Primary School, near Diss.

The school currently has 132 pupils. Fifteen are reception age, but headteacher Simone Goddard said they now hope to accommodate 20 for the new school year. She added: 'The current provision is not suitable for the number of children. We decided it was the best way forward to build a new reception area.'

Work should start soon and it is hoped the new reception class in September will be able to use the facilities. Mrs Goddard said: 'We've been waiting for a while so we're very excited. It will give the pupils more space. And it will give them a good start to their education journey.

'The outside area will be a lovely space for them. It will have a new canopy so they can play outside in all weathers.'

The primary school is part of the Sancroft Church Schools Trust, a collaboration between Archbishop Sancroft High School and Harleston Primary, Alburgh with Denton Primary and Brockdish Primary.

The trust was officially launched last month and aims to enrich the experiences of pupils. Mrs Goddard said about the formation of the trust: 'We can share sporting events and hope to share staff with expertise across the schools. It will also make the transition from year six to year seven easier.'

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