New school opens in Little Plumstead, near Norwich

Norfolk's newest school opened today with children and staff welcoming its airy and light feel.

The new �5m Little Plumstead Primary School, off Hospital Road, replaces the former school building, built in 1864. It is set in five acres of grounds, and will be able to cater for 210 pupils, with 177 children starting today.

Built on the old Broadland hospital site behind Little Plumstead Church, the school will include seven classrooms, a library, hall and a brand new kitchen to serve staff and children with lunches.

Headteacher Sonia Innes said: 'This incredible building has the best facilities and the most up-to-date resources which will really enhance the life of the community.

'Every single room will have an impact on school life. Everywhere is really light and airy and welcoming.

'The forest area is wonderful, there's a pond and a huge playing field. We currently have to walk to a field we hire.

'The new school means we can develop the curriculum far more because of the outdoor environment.'

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Feilden and Mawson architect Gavin McFarlane said the design allowed plenty of light into the classrooms.

He added: 'The existing school site couldn't be extended. There is a lot of new housing in the Plumsteads and the new school will be able to serve and meet the needs of that community.' The Diocese of Norwich secured government funding for the project and Norfolk County Council invested an extra �3.4m.

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