Pupils and staff at Norton Community Primary School have been making good use of their new building, after work to expand the school was completed over the summer.
The premises at Brooklyn House in Norton, Langton Road, has successfully been transformed to form new provision for year 5 and year 6 pupils.
The £4m project has been funded by a combination of capital from North Yorkshire County Council and contributions from developers and marks an exciting development for both the school and wider community.
Year 6 pupils have been gaining an insight into the technology and mathematics involved in the architecture and construction industries through a workshop given at the school by Hobson and Porter and Align Property Partners who undertook the development.
The primary school pupils were given the task of measuring and drawing the school hall using equipment involved in the construction process in order to understand the benefit of technology and the use of mathematics.
The purpose built classrooms opened in September and now accommodate 160 pupils. Other facilities in the modern school include a reception, library, staff room and administration area, IT suite, kitchen and dining area and teaching kitchen and toilet block. To the outside there is a playground and a large sports field.
“Year 5 and 6 have settled exceptionally well into their new building” said Norton’s headteacher Liz Parker. “They are really enjoying the opportunities it gives them such as the food technology room, new play areas, classrooms and group rooms that are actually big enough to meet their needs.
“Both years groups have really matured and the school ethos has remained as caring and challenging as before. Staff members are coping very well with movement across both sites and parents report that the walking buses are working well.
Norton Primary would like to thank the local residents for being so caring and patient when they see groups of children waiting to cross the road.”
The expansion of the school to 3 form entry, with 630 places, is in response to the growing need for places in the local area.
“We believe these works will make a significant difference to school life” said County Councillor Janet Sanderson, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Children’s Services who visit the school during the workshop. “We want children to enjoy the highest standards in teaching and learning and these works will help Norton primary continue to be fit for purpose to deliver a 21st century school curriculum.”
Overall this year the county council will have allocated nearly £12m to improving school sites, not only to maintain the fabric of school buildings but also to invest in upgrading facilities such as science labs, design technology, art, music and drama spaces to support teaching and learning as well as improving school kitchens and other areas. The cash is also being invested in building and site improvements to support school mergers and make split-site campuses work better.