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Community rallies to provide village school with new reception classroom

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 19, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

Worsted is a village in rural Norfolk with a Church of England primary school at its heart. So popular is the local school that it soon found itself pressed for space.  The reception class was forced to hold classes in the school hall, which then had to be cleared to make way for students at lunchtime and then reassembled afterwards.  Further classes were held in an outdoor gazebo that was never designed to be used as a classroom. 

Fundraising efforts

Keenly aware that the school desperately needed help, the villagers in Worsted banded together to raise the necessary funds. The annual Worsted Festival donated its proceeds to the school and coupled with the school’s own efforts, a substantial amount of money was raised. However, the funds were still insufficient to build a conventional building so the governors and headmistress went in search of alternative, cost-effective solutions. 

A 21st century solution

The solution was found in modular classrooms. Built to the Department of Education’s building standards by Green Modular, the contemporary modular buildings are economical, environmentally friendly and are designed to last at least 50 years with very little maintenance. The structure was set within the ground of the school, ensuring step free access. Internally, the classroom was fitted with the latest in technology including the installation of structural cabling to enable the installation of an interactive whiteboard and for security purposes, an intercom to the school’s office and a burglar alarm. It also includes an en suite toilet and a kitchenette.

The classroom interior

The new classroom was within Worsted Church of England Primary School’s budget and perhaps equally importantly, the structure could be built off site using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), aluminium windows and doors and Western red cedar cladding and installed at the school within a matter of days.

A beautiful new classroom

The new classroom was ready for the start of term. Those entering reception no longer have to pack away their things at lunchtime but can now spend their time learning. Local MP, Norman Lamb, cut the ribbon to officially open the building and stayed to chat with parents, teachers and students. 

Norman Lamb cuts the ribbon

Craig Riley, from Green Modular, comments: “We’re so pleased that this school has the much needed classroom it deserves. It was really heartwarming to see the community come together to support the school. We wish the students all the best in their new space.”

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