Pupils get first glimpse at proposed new school in Old Buckenham as consultation on £11.8 million project begins

Caistor Yarborough Academy EMN-140606-150725001
Caistor Yarborough Academy EMN-140606-150725001

Children at a south Norfolk complex needs school have seen what their new £11.8 million building could look like after a consultation for the proposals began this week.

Artist’s impressions of the proposed new school, which would see pupils move from the Chapel Road school in Attleborough to a new facility in Old Buckenham, went on display on Monday.

It could accommodate 110 children, and would be built close to the primary school and adjacent to the high school. Norfolk County Council has committed £8 million to the project, while the Department of Education will contribute £3.8 million.

Designed by NPS Ltd, the school would include classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, hydrotherapy pool, library, ICT suite, football pitches and a multi-use games area.

Karin Heap, headteacher of Chapel Road School, said: “Everyone at school is delighted with the prospect of moving to a new, purpose built school, adjacent to the primary and secondary schools in Old Buckenham. We will have much more space and fabulous new resources.”

The consultation began on Monday and will run until Monday, June 14.

Drop-in events on the proposals have been scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 at Old Buckenham Primary School, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm, with a presentation at 6pm, and Wednesday, June 18 at Chapel Road School, Attleborough, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

The consultation document is available at www.citzenspace.com/norfolk/consultation/chapelroadschoolrelocation

A spokesperson added there will be further opportunity to comment on the plans if and when a planning application is submitted.