Hunstanton school gets a lockdown makeover
When all pupils finally get to head back to their classroom at Hunstanton's Smithdon High School they will be in for a pleasant surprise.
They will find that while they were away parts of the school buildings have been given a major makeover including the hub of learning, the school library.
Over the last year, around £1 million has been invested in purpose-built new classrooms, roofing and windows across the site, and a major refurbishment of the sports hall.
“We always look for positives in anything, even school closure,” said head teacher John Hirst. “With many fewer children in school, it has meant that some of the things we had planned for the summer we can get done now. This has meant anything from essential groundworks, through to the refurbishment of the library.”
The library redesign includes capacity for one-to-one learning, space for a full class, a quiet reading area, and the school’s fifth computer suite, with room for an entire class of students.
Amanda Wright, Smithdon's Head of English, is thrilled by the possibilities the new facilities offer.
"The library is the heart of the English department, we use it all the time and the computer suite will make life so much easier when we are using our Accelerated Reader programme," she said.
Head of School, Amanda Gibbins, said she could not wait to see it being put to use by students when they return.
Mr Hirst added that while immediate concerns of the pandemic era had been taken into account, the new look was designed for the challenges of the years to come.
“It’s very much future-proofed. What we are really trying to do is look beyond the pandemic and reconfigure and imagine spaces in different ways to enhance the students' experience and ensure that Smithdon is well equipped for the new demands and challenges it faces over the next few years. The changes we have made will support the highest quality learning for many years to come.”