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First details emerge on new Norwich school St Clement's Hill Primary Academy as planning bid is lodged

PUBLISHED: 13:40 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:02 01 June 2017

Valerie Moore, chief executive of the Right for Success Trust. Picture: Steve Adams

Valerie Moore, chief executive of the Right for Success Trust. Picture: Steve Adams

A new 420-place primary school in the north of Norwich has taken a step closer after a planning bid was lodged.

Sewell Park Academy. The new St Clement's Hill Primary Academy will be based on the academy's west site, which is currently used as playing fields. Picture: Simon FinlaySewell Park Academy. The new St Clement's Hill Primary Academy will be based on the academy's west site, which is currently used as playing fields. Picture: Simon Finlay

If approved, St Clement’s Hill Primary Academy would be built on Sewell Park Academy’s east site off Wall Road, which is currently used as playing fields for the academy.

It would be run by the Right for Success trust, which, headed up by chief executive Valerie Moore, hopes to open it in September 2018.

A planning application has now been submitted to Norwich City Council with more details on the school, which would have two classes in each new reception year, with a maximum of 30 pupils per class, and would grow to accommodate 420 pupils and 60 reception children by 2024.

The site will include 14 classrooms, hall or studio space, a reception, kitchen, food science room, staff rooms, toilets, as well as play areas and car parking.

An online planning document says the trust identified “a basic need for additional school spaces” within Sewell Park Academy’s catchment area.

It says the surrounding five feeder schools - Angel Road Junior, Catton Grove Primary, Magdalen Gates Primary, Mile Cross Primary and Mousehold Infant - were “all nearly full”.

“The current intake data for the five catchment schools shows considerable drift by pupils out of catchment to the northern suburbs of Norwich,” the document says. “This movement of pupils is not occurring for reasons of education outcomes, but simply for reasons of lack of primary places.”

Fourteen staff car parking spaces will be provided, including one disabled, though the trust says a focus will be encouraging staff and families to walk or bike into school.

The land was formerly used as playing fields for Blyth-Jex High School, which dates back to 1929 and now houses Sewell Park Academy.

Planning documents reveal that about 16 air raid shelters were present across the southern playing field during the Second World War, though what happened to them is not known.

The school’s website, currently under development, can be found here.

• Right for Success, which is based at Eaton hall Specialist Academy and which runs Sewell Park Academy, said they could not release architect illustrations of the school, but they are available to view by searching reference number 17/00806/F here.

• You can share your thoughts on the plans by following the same link.

• What do you think of the plans? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk or leave your comments below.

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