Dickleburgh school proposes extension to help maintain educational standards
Dickleburgh Primary School says expanded facilities for its pupils will help keep up its educational standards, after submitting an application for an extension to South Norfolk Council.
The Harvey Lane school, which celebrated after its recent high placement in the national Key Stage 2 league tables, is seeking planning permission for single-storey extensions, and confirmed this would allow it to move to one year group per class.
Headteacher James Richards told the Diss Express there was nothing wrong with mixed age classes but he felt a single-form entry model was ‘the best way forward’.
“We know that to maintain the standards we have, we need to organise ourselves to have seven classes with seven distinct year groups,” he said.
“We need to give ourselves the space. There are 170 children in premises designed for 100. It’s very tight.”
Mr Richards also said the extension, if approved, would enable the hiring of staff with new specialities, in order to help ‘deliver a more exciting curriculum’.
He added these plans were not currently intended to increase pupil intake.