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All smiles for Norwich's new primary school

Published on 07/09/16

Parents and pupils have experienced Norwich's new primary school for the first time - and it was smiles all round.

Around 50 Year 1 and Reception pupils began their school careers at Charles Darwin Primary in Norwich today, with nursery children joining tomorrow.

After a few anxious cuddles and waves from parents, pupils soon got on with getting to know their new classmates and new school.

They also got to meet the school's very own rabbits, Buttons and Fudge.

The school will grow year by year, gradually expanding through the Charles & Wensum House site on the city's Rose Lane.

One-way glass throughout the ground floor means pupils get a bright and open environment to learn and play in, while maintaining privacy from the outside world.

Principal Jo Brown said she was delighted with the reaction of pupils and parents.

"I've spoken to parents who were nervous about their child starting somewhere new and saying they were shy, but with the supportive environment here it has been a very friendly and happy start to the school and the children are all settling in brilliantly.

"The building is so bright and airy that it makes a fantastic school, and the location works so well for the growing population in Norwich and working parents who live nearby."

The school will be working with Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre to help bring the countryside to the city, as well as hosting its own play areas on site from the end of September with a substantial landscaping project planned for spring.

You can see more from the first day in Mustard TV's news coverage