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Hickling's building project

PUBLISHED: 17:28 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:57 03 July 2010

Hickling First School

Hickling First School

PARENTS, pupils and staff gathered at Hickling First School on Friday to celebrate the opening of a £500,000 building project.

The Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Rev David Atkinson, marked the completion of the scheme at the 34-pupil Church of England school, watched by past pupils and invited guests including MP Norman Lamb.

PARENTS, pupils and staff gathered at Hickling First School on Friday to celebrate the opening of a £500,000 building project.

The Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Rev David Atkinson, marked the completion of the scheme at the 34-pupil Church of England school, watched by past pupils and invited guests including MP Norman Lamb.

The building work, which was started last Easter, has given the school a two-classroom extension linked to the existing Victorian building by a covered walkway. The old school, built in 1862, has been completely refurbished and remodelled to provide a new entrance, resources room, a larger hall, new staff room and a library for the first time.

Peter Wallis, who has been head for two years, said: “The teachers know all the pupils and their families quite intimately and that makes it comfortable and easy for the youngsters.”

Others attending the assembly included Janet Prime, a former caretaker of 18 years, George Mitchell, who had been a pupil in the 1930s, and previous headteacher, Ann Brown.

Greeting the Bishop was seven-year-old George Mayhew, who designed the school's new boat logo that was launched on the day.

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