Extension work to start

THE building of a primary school’s £450,000 extension is due to start next month.

Long Melford Primary School in Cordell Road is looking to build two new classrooms to cater for an extra 40 children.

The work, which also includes the remodelling of two toilet blocks, an improved play area and internal refurbishments, will enable the school to accommodate Year 5 and 6 pupils staying on when the new academic year begins in September.

This will coincide with the county’s middle schools being abolished.

Headteacher Sandra Hoskins said: “We are expecting work to start at the beginning of March and have already had some archeological digs taking place to make sure everything can go ahead.

“We are excited about the extension and can’t wait for it to get started.”

A consultation into the 120-square metre development took place in the summer, with some nearby residents claiming the work would increase traffic problems due to poor access to the school. Others said extra car parking spaces were not being taken into account.

However, Mrs Hoskins said these concerns had been taken on board by planners.

“The views expressed during the consultation were taken into account and there will be more parking spaces available,” she said.

“Staff are very positive about the extension and are looking forward to working with Years 5 and 6.”

It is hoped the building work will be completed by early July.