Kids from America set to get school in Feltwell

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A school could be built in West Norfolk for youngsters from American service families, if planners give it the green light to go ahead.

The US Air Force has applied to West Norfolk Council to expand its elementary school at RAF Feltwell in a bid to cope with an influx of new families.

Under the proposal, a number of buildings could be demolished to make way for the two-storey school, which could cope with a maximum of 402 children.

The application follows news that the 352nd special operations unit at RAF Mildenhall will increase from 780 personnel to 1,170.

The school will cater for children aged from three to nine.

Proposals for Feltwell Elementary will include a learning studio, group room, one-to-one room, staff
 preparation area and a learning hub along with specialist art, music and performance centre.

A large open-plan commons area will double up as a dining room.

The design and access statement said: “Play areas, and other landscaped areas are also a large and essential part of the development, allowing children to use outdoors environments both as play and educational areas.”

The World War II airfield at RAF Feltwell once housed heavy bombers and after the war housed Thor missiles.

It has been under American control since 1966 and now mainly consists of a housing estate for USAF personnel stationed at the nearby bases at Lakenheath and Mildenhall and their families.




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