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Sir Henry Bellingham - Visits Snettisham Primary School

On Friday 2nd December 2016, Sir Henry Bellingham officially opened the new classroom building and trim trail at Snettisham Primary School.

Snettisham Primary School opened its new two classroom block on 2 December 2016 at 1100 hrs. Sir Henry Bellingham was the official guest in attendance and formally opened the block and the trim trail. During the opening children from Snettisham Primary School escorted Sir Henry Bellingham around the school and performed the schools anthem before he officially opened the sites and unveiling a commemorative plaque.

The school was first opened in 1875, as Snettisham Board School, a mixed school, admitting infants and children mainly up to the age of thirteen years. In 1956, all pupils over eleven years were transferred to Secondary Education elsewhere and the school became Snettisham County Junior and Infant School, taking children between five and eleven years. The Education system in the area was again re-organised in 1980 and the school became Snettisham First School taking pupils from four plus to eight years. Twentyfour years later the system was re-organised once more and the school re-opened in September 2004 as Snettisham Primary School.

The next step in the school’s history took place in June 2014 when the school became an academy within the West Norfolk Academy Trust.

In Nov 2015 West Norfolk Academies Trust made the decision to demolish the aging classrooms situated to the rear of the main school and replace them with a two/three class base modern modular building. The building is designed to be a flexible space offering opportunities for all age groups and is a demonstration of the Trusts commitment to the students, parents, staff and wider community.

The ground to the rear of the new block was also in need of attention and a grant from the Big Lottery Fund was applied for to install an out door play area, in the form of a trim trail. This  is a valued asset to the school and put the finishing touches to the refurbishment project. The trim trail will enhance the lives of all the children that attend the primary school today and in the future. Sir Henry Bellingham also opened this on the schools behalf.


“We are very proud of the achievement at Snettisham primary School. Having been in special measures it is now a strong and thriving Primary School. This is a significant investment in the future of the School and we look forward to many young people and families joining this thriving village community.”

Mr Andrew Johnson – West Norfolk Academies Trust Executive Headteacher.

“This is a really important day for Snettisham Village and a historic day for Snettisham Primary School, to see a project of this scale, £250,000 come to fruition. I would like to congratulate all those that made it happen and it has secured the future of the school for the next generation.”

Sir Henry Bellingham – MP for West Norfolk

“It is a very exciting new era at Snettisham Primary School. This will give the school impetus to develop and sustain available education for the community of Snettisham.”

Mrs Nicky Darley – Snettisham Primary School Headteacher.

The Big Lottery Fund does some fantasitc work up and down the country and:

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. 

To view this story in the local press please click on the links below:

 Eastern Daily Press
Lynn News

Additinal photos of the event can also be found here.

A video diary was also put together by Mr K Lewington, Trust Facilities Manager and can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


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