School ‘on course’ after disruption

A NEW school will open on time despite disruptions caused by renovation work, according to its principal.

IES Breckland is due to open on September 10 as it takes over the now closed Breckland Middle School building.

The new owners, International English Schools (IES), were given the keys to the school on Wednesday.

But with renovation due to take place over the summer, the school’s contractors have told IES that a series of events planned for the summer will have to be scrapped because of health and safety restrictions.

Sherry Zand, principal, said the school was facing ‘new challenges every day’ but would hit their opening date.

“In the next five weeks we are having a total refurbishment and there will be some further work in September.

“The contractors say they can do it in time so we will still be opening on September 10,” she said.

Despite the delays, Ms Zand said the school was making progress.

“All our staff are in place, bar one minibus driver, and we are carrying out training so that everyone is ready by September.

“It’s basically like moving house, but a much, much bigger task,” she said.

A more positive piece of news came when IES’ Swedish arm donated two minibuses to the school.

Ms Zand said one of the minibuses may be used for a paid school transport service.

The school is also close to reaching its desired capacity of around 75 per cent, she said.

“We are still getting interest and applications but it’s getting very close to the number we are looking for.

“Being at that number gives us a bit more breathing space when it comes to classroom sizes as the school settles in,” she said.

The school opens its doors to 11 to 14-year-olds initially, going up to 16-year-olds in two years time.