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Work complete on expansion of village school

18 January 2021

A £3m extension to a Norfolk primary school is ready to begin welcoming students. Work to build a brand new eight classroom block for Key Stage One students at Hethersett CE VC Primary School finished today (18 January 2021).

The work was part of Norfolk County Council’s £20m investment in schools in the area.  In 2019, Hethersett VC Junior School was converted to a primary school, increasing the number of school places available there from 240 to 420.

The project to improve facilities at Hethersett CE VC Primary School also includes improvements to the existing accommodation, the provision of a new library, a new office and reception.  These latter works are expected to be completed in February as are remaining external works, such as the car park and new pedestrian access from Admirals Way.

Two other schools in the village have benefitted from £20m in County Council funding as part of plans to meet increasing demand for school places.  Hethersett Woodside Infant School was converted to a primary school and moved to a new £8m, 420 place building last summer.  Hethersett Academy unveiled a new £8m extension in September last year, complete with 17 new classrooms and a state-of-the-art theatre.

Cllr John Fisher, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council said: “The completion of work at Hethersett CE VC Primary School marks the final stage of our project to deliver modern new schools to children living in Hethersett.  I am delighted that, despite the pandemic, we have achieved our aim of creating hundreds of new school places.

“Our investment in new schools in the village demonstrates how we are delivering vital infrastructure to new and growing communities in Norfolk.  It is more than an investment in new buildings though, it’s an investment in the education and future of our children.”

Matthew Parslow-Williams, the headteacher of Hethersett CE VC Primary School, welcomed the completion of works: “The whole school community are extremely excited to receive the new, state of the art, eight class primary building.  We have been on a long journey over the past few years changing from a Junior School to Primary school but the wait has been worth it.

“Being a primary school gives us the chance to mould children in our ethos and values and also help them to develop from Reception through to Year Six.  We are already blessed with a very well-resourced school including a swimming pool, large woodland schools area and art room, the addition of eight classrooms has added to this, the children are very lucky!  The next chapter of the school's rich history is being written and I am pleased to be a part of it."

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