Search

Children at Thetford primary school start the term in new building

New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016

Archant 2016

The first day of the new term was a special occasion for pupils at an expanding primary school.

New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016

For when pupils arrived at Drake Primary School in Thetford yesterday they were able to see inside their new school building for the first time.

Moving into the building marks the end of the second construction phase at the school in Fairfields, which is undergoing a £4.8m expansion to increase its pupil capacity.

Containing 10 new classrooms and a new hall, the building will accommodate all of the school’s 240 pupils while refurbishment works take place in the old adjoining building.

New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016

When the project – being managed by Morgan Sindall – reaches completion in June, the former infant school will have 14 classrooms to accommodate up to 420 pupils from Reception to Year Six.

Headteacher Mary Bartrop, a staff member at the school for 24 years, said watching the construction project was like watching the transformation of an old friend.

“We are very pleased with the new building. It is clean, crisp and smart and it is a good environment for children to learn in.

New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016

“It was quite emotional to say goodbye to the old building, but we are Drake Primary now – it is a new era.

“I still think the family atmosphere will remain, because the children will be staying on and growing with us.”

Mrs Bartrop added that pupils’ parents have been invited to an open day to explore the new building.

John Stedman, senior project manager at Morgan Sindall, said the new building had been finished a week ahead of schedule, allowing staff to move equipment and furniture into the new building over the school holiday.

He said: “For us the job has gone really well. There have been quite a few challenges but we have worked well together and there has been a good mutual spirit between Morgan Sindall and the school.”

Chris Hey, head of place planning at Norfolk County Council’s children’s services department, said: “With the growth of population in Thetford we need to create more pupil places, and enlarging this school allowed us to create an all-through primary school. There is a continuity of the education experience for the pupils and their families, which is a great benefit.”

Is something exciting happening at your child’s school? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Thetford and Brandon Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Thetford and Brandon Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Thetford and Brandon Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other news

08:35

People desperate for help from a Norfolk charity have had to be turned away because of a ‘perfect storm’ of funding cuts and a shortage of volunteers.

Yesterday, 18:00

Three friends are running marathons to raise money for a charity that provides support for renal patients in Norfolk.

Yesterday, 17:30

The East of England is set for bank holiday scorcher this weekend with temperatures predicted to soar up to 27 degrees.

Yesterday, 16:54

Strumpshaw Steam Rally fires up for its 25th anniversary, Dad’s Army invade North Norfolk Railway, there is two-wheel fun at Holkham and Sandingham, plus fireworks, country fairs, retro computer games and more for all the family.

Most Read

Yesterday, 13:59

Police are appealling for information after an arson attack on a car in Thetford.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:54

Strumpshaw Steam Rally fires up for its 25th anniversary, Dad’s Army invade North Norfolk Railway, there is two-wheel fun at Holkham and Sandingham, plus fireworks, country fairs, retro computer games and more for all the family.

Read more
Dad's Army
Yesterday, 08:47

Four horses which have been illegally left on a common, known for its rare plant species, should be rehomed by next week as the site prepares for the next stage of a conservation project.

Read more
Thetford Town Council
08:35

People desperate for help from a Norfolk charity have had to be turned away because of a ‘perfect storm’ of funding cuts and a shortage of volunteers.

Read more
Norwich
Yesterday, 18:00

Three friends are running marathons to raise money for a charity that provides support for renal patients in Norfolk.

Read more
Paris

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 12°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter