Work starts on new £12.3 million primary school in Whiteley, near Fareham

Work to build the relocated Cornerstone Church of England (Aided) Primary School in Whiteley has started (11 May 2020). In responding to the forecast need for more school places arising from housing development in the area, Hampshire County Council has contracted Midas to construct the new school building, representing an investment of £12.3m

May 13 2020

The original start date of 20 April 2020 was postponed due to the Covid-19 response. Now, following the Government’s direction that work on construction sites can continue if public health advice to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus is adhered to, the County Council has agreed with Midas that the build can begin.

Commenting, Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills said: “I am very pleased to hear that work is starting to provide the relocated school. There is ongoing and extensive housing development in Whiteley and with that, more families are moving into the area so, it is important that we ensure that the children in those families can go to school near to where they live. By following the national guidance to maintain social distancing on-site, responsible measures can be put in place to allow construction to take place.

“The future for education in Hampshire continues to be positive. The quality of education in this county never ceases to impress me. Consistently, results at all ages are above the national average and well over 90% of Hampshire schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. Before lockdown, when I visited schools around the county, I could clearly see why.  Pupils are as enthusiastic about learning as teachers are about teaching. It is also good to hear schools’ appreciation of the support that they get from the County Council’s many services.

“I have been equally struck by Hampshire’s school environments. The standard and quality of the buildings internally and externally and the outdoor sports and other outdoor learning spaces are second to none and recognition should go to our award-winning Property Services Team for the role they play in that.”

Providing 630 places for children, from the age of 4 (entering in Reception Year – Year R) through to age 11 (Year 6), the school is set to be completed by Summer 2021, ready for opening at the start of the academic year in September 2021. 

Site operating hours will be from 8:00am until 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, and 8:00am until 1:00pm on Saturdays. Midas will do all it can to minimise any disruption and disturbance to local residents.