Foundations for major change at Bury St Edmunds school

Mark Westley Photography'New class room buildings at Abbots Green Primary School, Y4 pupils Charlotte Steele, Harry Plumbridge, Emily Wells and Charlie Byford with Heidi Franklin Headteacher and site manager Geoffrey Fordham. ANL-150302-074941009
Mark Westley Photography'New class room buildings at Abbots Green Primary School, Y4 pupils Charlotte Steele, Harry Plumbridge, Emily Wells and Charlie Byford with Heidi Franklin Headteacher and site manager Geoffrey Fordham. ANL-150302-074941009
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The foundations for major change are being laid at a Bury St Edmunds primary school in the move to two tier education.

Abbots Green Primary School is having temporary classrooms built to accommodate 86 children in Years 3 and 4.

It is ahead of an extension to the school’s Key Stage 2 block which will receive a second floor for 120 pupils in Years 5 and 6,

The school, in Airfield Road, is to take on the extra year groups as the majority of the town moves to two tier schooling in 2016 in the School Organisation Review (SOR).

Head Heidi Franklin said: “We will be moving in after half term and then they will start the building work on the existing block.

“The children are very much looking forward to moving into the temporaries.

“It’s quite an exciting adventure for them.

“I think we’re the first school where there’s stuff going on on site now.”

Contractors Cocksedge are due to lead an assembly to explain the building works to pupils and the school hopes to invite the designers in to explain the plans.

Mrs Franklin said: “Our school has always been growing so the building work doesn’t phase us at all.

“We’re quite used to having contractors on site and we just take it in our stride really. The SOR team and the contractors have been superb.”

She said that the children have been able to see the building work at play time.

“We had the cranes in to lift the temporary classroooms.

“One little girl, one of our youngest children, was talking to a member of staff, looked up and said ‘that crane is so high, it’s going into the clouds’ which I thought was lovely.”

Primary schools in Bury will take their first Year 5 pupils this September. Abbots Green will have 420 pupils when they have the extra year groups. In the move to two tier schooling in Bury, St Louis, Hardwick, Howard and St James Middle Schools are due to close.