Roydon Primary School's £5.75 million expansion project completed
An expansion project, years in the making, has been completed and now offers a modern and purpose-built learning environment for hundreds of primary school children.
The £5.75 million scheme at Roydon Primary School saw a multi-use all-weather games area for children of all ages open last year.
This month, the school moved into eight new classrooms and is making use of new changing rooms, a hall almost double the size of its predecessor, an open space for group work, a kitchen and a new office suite with a meeting room.
Headteacher Sarah Bradford said: “The staff and governors have worked hard to ensure that we continue to provide the best education for the children already at our school during what could have been a challenging and disruptive time.
“The children in our community deserve a contemporary learning environment in which we can provide an effective start to their school life and to their learning.”
The project, funded by Norfolk County Council, has now created extra school places for children in the growing communities of Diss and Roydon.
It will see pupil capacity increase from 250 to 420.
“We may be growing in size, but parents can rest assured that every one of our pupils will continue to be taught as an individual, and the Roydon family ethos will remain at the heart of all we do,” said Mrs Bradford.
The ambitious project involved removing four old mobile classrooms and demolishing the old kitchen and three existing classrooms.
Councillor Keith Kiddie said: "I am really delighted that the Roydon Primary School expansion project has finally been completed. Roydon Primary has always been a first rate school, with great teachers and a reputation to match.
"I am delighted that this, nearly £6 million, project will further enhance the ability of the school to do the very best for its young students. It is a great example of Norfolk County Council investing in the local infrastructure and, of course, in the future of our local children.
"I wish Roydon Primary School every success with their new facilities"
Children and staff are said to be delighted with their new school building and are still coming to terms with the new-found space and light of the school extension.
The school has been extended a number of times since it first opened in 1886.