PICTURE GALLERY: Gorleston school enters a brand new era

A MULTI-MILLION pound project has given hope and opportunity to a Gorleston school which was recently removed from special measures.

Teachers and pupils from Peterhouse Primary School greeted more than 100 guests during the grand opening of their �3.8m revamp.

Shelagh Hutson, chairman of Norfolk County Council, officially opened the building while pupils demonstrated their worldly knowledge with a special international day.

Classes took on the role of different countries and required guests to show Peterhouse passports which were stamped at check points during the tour.

The celebrations follow a wave of success at the school, which was removed from special measures and praised for raising the standards of their teaching and learning.

Martin Scott, headteacher at Peterhouse Primary School, said: “Our transformed building has already made a difference to pupils and supported a more creative approach to teaching and learning across the school.

“We now have bright new classrooms and the space and facilities to help our pupils thrive and I am sure this will support the school to go from strength to strength.

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“This event celebrated all we have achieved in recent months and we are looking forward to joining with those who have supported us to mark a new chapter for the school.”

The new building includes a nursery, a new school hall and resource area, an internet cafe open to the community, and modernised classrooms with improved access to technology, including laptops and interactive white boards.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for childrens’ services at Norfolk County Council, said: “Peterhouse is a rapidly improving school and its transformed building is already making a difference to pupils, who can benefit from the improved technology and bright new classrooms.”

Meanwhile, praise was also heaped on the school’s Year Six pupils at a separate event celebrating the completion of their final year. Here, the children wore special red graduation gowns to coincide with the official Peterhouse colour.

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