|MP visits Hempnall Primary School
Richard Bacon MP (second from
right) with, from right, Headteacher
Miriam Elston, Chair of Governors Rachel Hyde-Smith, pupils Marcus
Krumins and Eleanor Walpole,
School Governor Diane Freeman
and Ralph Masterson from
Norfolk County Council.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has visited Hempnall Primary School to see the overcrowding problems facing the school.
Mr Bacon said: “I was very impressed with the way Headteacher Miriam Elston uses every inch of available space, but it is obvious that the old Victorian building is seriously outdated and both pupils and staff need and deserve better facilities”.
The school has been trying to extend its premises for the past seven years but has had various setbacks including being part of the ill-fated Jarvis PFI schools project. Two years ago the school changed from a First School to a Primary School, which meant that increasing numbers of pupils must be accommodated on an already overcrowded site.
An additional mobile classroom and a mobile toilet block have been erected in the grounds so the school now has the same facilities as it had 20 years ago – the cramped Victorian building plus two mobile classrooms and outside toilets. At present the pupils have to walk to the village hall for PE.
At last the many obstacles are being overcome and the school is hoping that building work will begin in late summer, although a definite start date is still awaited.
Mr Bacon said: “The plans for the school are very exciting. As well as much-improved classrooms, the children will have a good-sized play area, a school garden, separate indoor toilets for boys and girls, as well as room for PE at the school. Staff will also benefit from more space.”
“I urge Norfolk County Council to keep up the momentum so Hempnall Primary School gets the facilities it deserves as soon as possible”.
During his visit to the school, Mr Bacon also fitted in a lively Question and Answer session with a group of pupils on the work of an MP and how Parliament works.
12 May 2008
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