Ashwicken Primary School has moved a step closer to a £2.5 million transformation.
Norfolk County Council has submitted plans for a new building for the 122-pupil school, which changed from an 80-pupil infant school during a reorganisation of education in the area in 2011.
The existing building with no communal space is considered unsuitable for a primary school and would be too difficult to alter. It will be demolished and the new building sited in the same footprint.
The new building will include a central atrium for assemblies and performances, a new library, classrooms and a staff area.
The school’s eco-classroom block, which is only five years old, will be retained.
Headteacher Sue Collison said: “This new building is absolutely essential for our pupils, who need more space and improved facilities if they are to achieve their potential.
“We have embraced our move to primary school status and the older children are a fantastic addition to the school. A modern building would really help to boost teaching and learning.”
The communal space would help to bring all of the pupils together, further supporting the sense of community within the school.
If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start next spring and finish in time for the 2015 school year.
County councillor Toby Coke said: “The transformed school will support many generations of children in the local community, who will benefit from the latest technology and equipment. This is a much-needed transformation which will ensure pupils have the space and facilities essential to their learning.”
The council’s cabinet member for education and schools, Mick Castle said: “When schools were reorganised in the area in 2011, there was a commitment to invest in Ashwicken. The school needs this new building to ensure that it can provide the best possible education for all of its pupils. This scheme will see the complete transformation of Ashwicken Primary School, supporting its increased pupil numbers and its status as an all-through primary school.”
The council would be investing £32 million in school building projects over the next two years.