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Bishop opens Norwich school’s revolutionary new classrooms

A revolutionary new classroom block has been opened at St Augustine's Catholic Primary School, Costessey, near Norwich, due to increasing pupil numbers, and has been blessed by Bishop Alan Hopes.

The new classrooms were opened on Wednesday July 6 by Bishop Alan, in front of a watching school (pictured above). He blessed the new block – both inside and outside and cut the ribbon to the cheers of the children.

StAugustinesClassroomBlock600Headteacher Adrian La Chapelle, said: "The building work has been in response to the need to accommodate the extra numbers being accepted into Reception, and consists of a stand-alone block of three classrooms.

"The revolutionary design means the classrooms have been built two-thirds into the ground, with a "living' roof (in parts wild flowers and grassed areas) becoming part of the existing playing field.

"It is the final part of the building infrastructure upgrade at St Augustine's which has now been completed."

Bishop Alan personally thanked the builders (Gills of Honingham) and the architect (Hoopers of Ipswich), who attended the ceremony, for their eco-friendly design and commented on how well the building blended into the existing structure of the school.


Pictured top, Bishop Alan opens the new classroom block, which, above, has a revolutionary design.