In reviewing the latest Children’s Services Capital Programme ahead of submission to Cabinet and the full County Council, the County Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services and Young People, Councillor Patricia Stallard, said: “I am pleased to approve the proposed Capital Programme, which includes a continued commitment to invest in new school places. We are committed to providing children in Hampshire with a good education and a rich and varied learning experience in a high quality environment.
“This ongoing investment will enable us to meet forecast demand for places as Hampshire’s population grows and more families move to the county. It is also important for us to continue to improve school facilities and buildings across the whole estate.”
The County Council’s Children’s Services Capital Programme includes a number of projects totalling a spend of £67 million, that will provide more than 4,000 new school places for Hampshire children. This money is part of an investment programme of £110 million over the next three years.
Since 2013, the County Council has created 13,693 new school places and plans to provide an additional 4,620 places by September 2024.
Among the new schools that will open this year (2021) are Austen Academy in Basingstoke - that will provide 125 places for special educational needs pupils aged four to 16 - and Deer Park Secondary School in Hedge End, which in its first year, will provide 120 new places and grow to 1,050 when at full capacity. At the same time, Cornerstone Church of England Primary School in Whiteley near Fareham will move to a new purpose-built school providing a total of 630 school places.
The Capital Programme also sets out plans to invest millions of pounds in the county’s existing schools over the next three years - including £2.5 million to remodel Icknield School in Andover and £12.9 million to develop new facilities and increase the capacity at Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College in Farnborough.
The County Council’s Capital Programme will be considered by members of the Authority’s Cabinet on 9 February, before a final decision on the County Council’s overall budget for 2021/22 is made by the full County Council on 25 February 2021.