A socially distanced ground-breaking ceremony has marked the commencement of a new class-block which will provide 30 additional places for students with complex needs at John Grant School in Caister.

The project being carried out in conjunction with NPS Group will see six new classrooms created, as well as a shared teaching resource space and dedicated outdoor teaching areas. 

Headteacher, Pam Ashworth who turned the first sod with Judy Ellis, Business Manager, said: “We’re excited for the work to begin and to expand the school, enabling us to offer much needed additional places for children with complex needs to join our school community. The building contractors, Cocksedge, have been brilliant so far, communicating clearly with the school and local community.”

Darren Reeve, Cocksedge’s Commercial Manager, also commented: “we are delighted to have been selected by Norfolk County Council to deliver this exciting project and we are looking forward to working closely with John Grant school to ensure the work runs smoothly and we can provide some project-based learning opportunities for the students, even if that means virtually for the moment”.

The project is part of Norfolk County Council’s £120m investment in special educational needs, creating 500 extra specialist places across the county. As a result of this investment Cocksedge have also recently secured two additional projects to create Special Resource Bases at Hillcrest Primary School, Downham Market and Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School in Hellesdon.

Visualisations of the Special Resource Bases also under construction at Hillcrest Primary & Arden Grove Infant Schools, designed by NPS Group: