Work finally starts on relocating Attleborough school to Old Buckenham

The turf cutting ceremony at Old BuckenhamPicture Maria McIndoe

The turf cutting ceremony at Old BuckenhamPicture Maria McIndoe - Credit: Archant

Celebrations have finally started at Chapel Road School after £13.9m work on relocating the Attleborough school to a larger and improved site commenced.

This afternoon saw a ceremony to mark the start of the construction work to build a new school in Old Buckenham to replace Chapel Road School.

The work is due to take a year and will see the school rebrand itself as Chapel Green School and more than double the number of pupils it currently has to 110.

The move is necessary as the school is said not to be fit for purpose and cramped for its 60 pupils, aged three to 19 and who are from within a 25 mile radius.

Today's turf cutting ceremony saw Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman carry out the honour after Chapel Road pupils were joined by pupils from Old Buckenham's primary and high schools to sing a specially written song.

Headteacher Karin Heap said it was a 'brilliant day' for the school.

It is being funded by Norfolk County Council's schools' capital programme and a £3.9m from the Department for Education. The contract has been given to Morgan Sindall.

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