£4.3 million agreed for improvements to St Francis Special School in Fareham

Over £4.39 million has been committed, by Hampshire County Council, to improve the facilities for children and young people with special educational needs attending St Francis Special School in Fareham

Jul 15 2019

Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “I am very pleased to approve this allocation of funding. I have no doubt that the proposed improvements will make a huge difference to the learning environment and in better meeting the needs of children and young people with severe and complex learning difficulties.  As a school that is accommodating children and young people from the age of 2 years through to 19, more space and upgraded facilities, both inside and out, have to be good news for them and the staff who work extensively to make sure that their pupils receive all the support and assistance they need to be able to learn to the best of their ability.”

St Francis Special School was built in 1977 for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. However, the needs of pupils have become increasingly complex over the years.  Classrooms need to be larger and additional , flexible teaching spaces are needed. 

Among the improvements planned are:
•           Four new larger size classrooms;
•           Refurbishment of five existing classrooms to become specialist learning spaces;
•           Refurbished staff room and toilet facilities;
•           An extension to the central shared area to include a small library;
•           A new hygiene room and toilet facilities in the building where those who are aged 16 years and over are taught. 

Additionally, outdoor spaces at the school will be upgraded with improved play areas and accessibility, including a sheltered ramp. 

Work is anticipated to start later this year, to be completed within approximately 12 months. During this time the school will continue to operate, with every effort made to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. Arrangements will be put in place to ensure pupils, staff and all other school visitors are safe on site and can continue with their usual school day.