Farewell for Worlingham Primary School

Staff,Pupils and Parents of Worlingham primary school attend a service on the school field to mark t

Staff,Pupils and Parents of Worlingham primary school attend a service on the school field to mark the end the school on the current site. The school is moving across to the former middle school site. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pupils, parents, grandparents and teachers gathered at Worlingham Primary School for a special farewell assembly as the school prepared for a move to larger premises.

The school has outgrown its present site since the merger of Worlingham Primary and Middle Schools after the introduction of a new two-tier system in Suffolk.

Children now stay on at the school until Year 6, and to prevent overcrowding, the school will move from their building on Rectory Lane to their new site in Garden Lane - the former Worlingham Middle School.

And, last Friday, to say goodbye to the school and look back on the year, they held a special school assembly in the sunshine.

Vicki O’Brien, headteacher, said: “We wanted to celebrate the end of term and mark the closure of the site.

“We’re looking forward to the new sports facilities and lovely playing field.”

At the assembly, children were presented with outstanding work certificates and the youngsters shared their favourite moments of 2013.

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The Rev Suzie Ellis led prayers and blessed the school and its site.

Julie Richardson. 63, has children that attended the school and came to watch her grandchildren Oscar, 9 and Hector, 7, in the assembly.

She said: “It’s a lovely friendly school and it’s sad to see it move but the facilities are much better at the new site.”

Elaine Day, a member of the Friends of Worlingham Primary School, said: “Everyone is really ready for the move, it has been a bit squashed.

“The teachers have tried to make it as smooth as possible so it hasn’t greatly affected the children.”

The new Garden Lane site has been refurbished to be adapted for smaller children.

Mrs Day added: “It’s been a while in the planning but all the children are taking it in their stride.

“There are more opportunities at the new site with better facilities and a larger field.”

With extra room at the new site, the school will feature an exhibition space and new IT suites.

Plans are in place to turn the Rectory Lane site into a community centre.

The school will reopen in Garden Lane on September 4.