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Ground-breaking event signals beginning of expansion at John Grant School

25 February 2021

A socially distanced ground-breaking ceremony has marked the commencement of building work which will provide 30 additional places for students with complex needs at John Grant School in Caister.

The project is part of Norfolk County Council’s £120m investment in special educational needs, creating 500 extra specialist places across the county. Carried out by Cocksedge Building Contractors, the work will see six new classrooms created, as well as a shared teaching resource space and further dedicated outdoor teaching areas.

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council, Cllr John Fisher said: “John Grant is a fantastic school which provides outstanding education for its children, as judged by Ofsted. I know many parents and carers of children with complex needs in east Norfolk will welcome the beginning of work on this expansion. The additional space will provide a much needed increase in capacity for the school, so that more children with complex needs can access the care needed.”

John Grant School teaches pupils with complex needs, including those with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder – from reception to 19 years.
Headteacher, Pam Ashworth, said: “We’re excited for the work to begin and to expand the school, enabling us to offer much needed additional places for children with complex needs to join our school community. The building contractors, Cocksedge, have been brilliant so far, communicating clearly with the school and local community.”

Darren Reeve, Cocksedge’s Commercial Manager, also commented: “we are delighted to have been selected by Norfolk County Council to deliver this exciting project and we are looking forward to working closely with John Grant school to ensure the work runs smoothly and we can provide some project-based learning opportunities for the students, even if that means virtually for the moment”.

Norfolk County Councillor for Caister, Penny Carpenter, added: “I welcome this development at the John Grant School and the added capacity it will create for children with complex needs to receive the support they need. I’m excited to see the impact this will have in our local community and for families with complex needs”
The new spaces are expected to be available in 2022.

Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained online via the Citizenspace website.

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