Work on £13.8m school relocation from Attleborough to Old Buckenham due to start in July

Attleborough, Norfolk. Chapel Road School in Attleborough ENGANL00120131016162316

Attleborough, Norfolk. Chapel Road School in Attleborough ENGANL00120131016162316

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Work on a £13.8m relocation of a school for pupils with complex needs from Attleborough to Old Buckenham is due to take place this summer.

Chapel Road School in Attleborough will relocate to a new state-of-the-art facility in Old Buckenham, expanding to allow for 110 pupils, up from its current roll of 60.

Our pupils and staff will soon be able to learn and work in a school that is purposefully designed and where compromises on learning, due to restrictions in the accommodation, will be issues of the past

Karin Heap

The relocation will see the school take on a new name, Chapel Green School, but will continue to be for pupils with complex needs aged 3-19.

Work is due to start this month, with Chapel Road set to transfer in September 2017, and increase pupil numbers from January 2018.

Headteacher of Chapel Road School Karin Heap said: “We are delighted that construction of the building is finally starting.

“Our pupils and staff will soon be able to learn and work in a school that is purposefully designed and where compromises on learning, due to restrictions in the accommodation, will be issues of the past.

“We are very grateful, as we have been waiting for this for a very long time.”

Roger Smith, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services committee, added: “These facilities will be fantastic.

“Many pupils will also have less distance to travel to school, which will make a big difference.

“Chapel Green School will be a vibrant and modern place for youngsters to be educated in Norfolk.”

The project forms part of Norfolk County Council’s £137m schools capital programme, which is aimed at increasing school places in areas of growth.