School’s expansion plans to cater for growing numbers of pupils

Southtown Primary School Headteacher Elaine Glendinning next to the ongoing building work to the sch

Southtown Primary School Headteacher Elaine Glendinning next to the ongoing building work to the school.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Changes are being made to all classrooms at a growing school in a £1.7m project.

It comes as Southtown Primary School is set to welcome more pupils, following its conversion from an infant to a primary in September 2014.

The school currently has 184 pupils on its roll covering reception to year four, and an additional 60 pupils are expected to start over the next two school years.

Headteacher Elaine Glendinning said: 'With more pupils and older pupils, we needed to find the space to fit these bigger children in. There will be a host of new facilities including an ICT facility, a school library and a teaching area for food technology.

'The project team will also build two new classrooms, toilets and changing facilities to accommodate other children joining the school.

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'The work will be a gradual process with several phases but we are looking to get the work completed by next Easter in time for the following September when we will cover pupils up to year six.'

Construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall has been appointed to deliver the works

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The project will involve the construction of a 10-classroom extension which will allow the school to almost double its intake.

It will be completed in two phases. The first will see an extension to the existing school hall and develop the central courtyard into a mixed use learning area.

The second phase owill begin during the summer holidays and include the relocation of the staff room and expansion of several classrooms.

Temporary class spaces will be made available while the remodelling and extension work is being completed.

James Joyce, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Children's Services Committee said: 'This transition of Southtown from infant to primary school is ambitious and exciting for everyone involved. The new facilities will give both the younger and older children great opportunities to explore an even wider range of subjects.'

Gavin Napper, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: 'The project team will be operating in a live school environment and have ensured a number of measures are in place to guarantee minimal disruption to classes. The team will also be hosting several interaction classes and participating in school assemblies to make sure the children are aware of the works going on around the school as the brickwork starts to grow.'

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