Morgan Sindall Construction has started work on the Hethersett Woodside Infant & Nursery school to deliver a new 420-place primary school
The £8m development will create a new 420-place primary school and standalone nursery for 56 children. The two-storey, two-form entry school, to be called Hethersett Woodside Primary and Nursery will also include a dedicated hard play area and play equipment for the students.
It is being delivered for Norfolk County Council as part of its £169m county-wide investment programme to increase the number of school places in growing communities. The programme has already created more than 4,800 extra school places since 2013, with more to come. The school has been designed by NPS Property Consultants Ltd.
Morgan Sindall Construction hosted a ground-breaking ceremony at the site to mark the start of construction. The company has also visited Year Three pupils at Woodside Infant School who are due to move into the school in 2020 to lead lessons on building safety as well as helping the children complete their own construction project.
John Stedman, framework manager at Morgan Sindall Construction in the East, said: “We are delighted to be starting work on this project, which will enrich the lives of local students and help to meet the growing need for more school places in Norfolk.
“We look forward to collaborating and working closely with the local community and the wider project team as we deliver the school and nursery.
“Morgan Sindall Construction has a wealth of experience in delivering outstanding educational facilities, and the school will provide local students with a first-class learning environment from which to begin their academic journey.”
Headteacher of Woodside Infant School, Angela Jermy said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for pupils, parents, staff and all our stakeholders and we are all looking forward to seeing this school take shape over the next few months.
“We are all confident that by working together we can extend our current outstanding practice to Key Stage 2 and ensure that our children get the best possible start for their future development.”
David Bills, Norfolk County Councillor for Hethersett added: “I’m delighted to see work starting on our new primary school. I’m sure the whole community will be proud to know that, when it’s complete, our children will be learning in some of the most modern school buildings in our county, which is exactly what they deserve.”
In addition to the new Hethersett school, Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to build the new two-form entry £7m primary school in Great Yarmouth on the current North Denes Primary School site. The project will create a modern 420-place school with sports fields and playgrounds and will be the first school to have been built in Great Yarmouth for decades.