St Martha’s Primary school expansion to double intake
Work to extend St Martha’s Primary School in Kings Lynn has now started on site.
The expansion will double the schools intake, and will incorporate 8 new classrooms, a new school hall, staff room, rooms for teaching smaller groups, a hard sports pitch surfaced play areas and ‘multi use games area’ and new car park. The project will also improve the library and extend the kitchen which is part of the existing school hall.
The new hall will form a central point of activity, allowing the school to enhance its specialism in sport. A new courtyard area will connect the existing and new buildings for new outdoor events linked to the main hall.
Morgan Sindall plc has been appointed as contractor to carry out the £2.7 million expansion. Gavin Napper, Morgan Sindall area director, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to this important scheme, which will expand and upgrade St Martha’s Primary School and provide school users with a great teaching and learning environment. Morgan Sindall is well versed in delivering education projects of this nature and we look forward to delivering a great project for the school.”
The school will continue to cater for children aged 4 to 11. With the additional facilities provided it will also be able to serve the wider local community by opening up the use of the main hall and grounds for sporting activities.
Aidan McGovern, headteacher at St Martha’s Primary School said: “This is a very exciting development for the school and will allow us to welcome more pupils and cater to the growing demand driven by the rising number of families in the local area. Our pupils are already enjoying seeing their new class spaces begin to take shape and the staff are eagerly awaiting the brand new assembly hall and much needed extension to our kitchen facilities.”
Project Architect Daniel Pedley was delighted to see work start, saying “The extension will respond to Norfolk County Council’s identified need for more primary school places in the North East of the Kings Lynn region, together with the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia’s need for more Catholic places. We have worked closely with the Diocese and the school to develop a scheme that not only fulfils the immediate needs for growth in pupil numbers, but will also allow the school to continue to deliver outstanding levels of teaching.