A new 420 pupil primary school has opened in Great Yarmouth, having started construction in September 2019.

North Denes Primary is a new two-storey school on Jellicoe Road, consisting of 14 classrooms, a hall, a kitchen, a library and extensive sports fields and playgrounds.

The £7 million project was delivered by Morgan Sindall Construction, working closely with designer NPS, on the same site where the old 1930’s school building was.

The new school also features photovoltaic panels on the roof, with natural ventilation, a good EPC rating and is an environmentally friendly building, with landscaped and wildlife areas and a pond surrounding it.

Headteacher Debbie Whiting said “We are absolutely delighted with our new school, the children have been so excited. The building and its grounds provide everything we need in order for them to learn and really enjoy being in school, and I’m sure many generations of children will benefit from what it has to offer for years to come. The children and all our staff feel very proud and privileged.”

Cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr John Fisher said “These new facilities are just fantastic for the children, staff and wider community in North Yarmouth and shows our commitment to the education of children in the town.

The county council has worked hard to support this growing community by investing in this modern energy-efficient school, big enough so all the primary aged children in the area can go to the same school together. It’s really pleasing to see the finished building and see how happy all the children and staff are in their new environment.”

Area director for Morgan Sindall Construction’s Eastern Counties Alister Broadberry said “We’re really proud to have worked on this project, which is already providing a high-quality, engaging and sustainable educational environment for children in the North Yarmouth area.

Creating a site with nature and green building practises at its core means that not only is the new North Denes Primary a great place for children to learn, but it also ensures that the community’s future generations will benefit from an efficient, environmentally friendly school for many years to come.”

The children began to use the new school in October 2020, prior to the old building being demolished and transformed into a new green area, though the school was only formally opened on July 9.

The project was delivered as part of the county council’s £169 million investment programme to try and meet demand for school places across the county.

Image source- Morgan Sindall

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