The increase in demand for secondary school places reflects a growth in primary school numbers, generated by a rise in births and from new families moving into new housing in the area which is following through to the secondary sector.
In agreeing the funding, Councillor Roz Chadd, Executive Member for Education and Skills at Hampshire County Council, said: “I am very pleased to approve this investment which will allow the school to extend its accommodation and continue to serve Fleet families. This financial support reinforces our firm commitment to provide a school place for every Hampshire child.”
The school’s extension will comprise a new, two storey teaching block with 13 general teaching rooms, two ICT rooms, a ceramics art studio, additional dining area, workspaces for teaching and office staff, as well as toilet facilities for students and staff.
In the existing school environment, two new science classrooms, a new library area, ICT room and music room will be created.
Along with the new building, to be constructed on the site of the former Hart Leisure Centre, there will be outdoor spaces created for students to take their breaks, including an outside dining area and amphitheatre. The existing staff car park will also be expanded.
The project comprises the construction of a new two storey teaching block, new external hard play and social areas, together with changes to some of the existing accommodation and the extension of the existing staff car park.
Work is expected to start during the summer term 2020, with the new building ready by Summer 2021, ready for occupation at the start of the autumn term. The school will remain fully operational throughout the planned works with contractors working closely with the school to minimise the impact on teaching and learning, as far as possible.