Rising above challenges to build Hampshire pupils’ futures

Hampshire County Council has successfully created an additional 915 school places for the new academic year by building two new primary schools - at Kings Barton in Winchester, and Stoneham Park in Eastleigh - and extending Colden Common Primary in Winchester and Kings Copse Primary in Hedge End

Nov 20 2020

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Human Resources and Performance, Councillor Stephen Reid, said: “Through the dedication and innovation of our award-winning Property Services team and the fantastic work on site by our contractors, we are proud to have completed all our school builds and extensions for the 2020/21 academic year on time, as promised. We remain committed to providing high quality school spaces and classrooms for Hampshire pupils to learn and flourish and this year has been no exception – despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic such as the temporary construction stoppages during the lockdown in the Spring, supply chain disruptions and the adjustments required to ensure COVID-safe working procedures on sites.”

Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “This work is part of one of the largest school building programmes in the UK. We are determined that families in Hampshire have access to a good local school, that offers a rich and varied learning experience. We have always planned well ahead to make sure this is possible. Schools are an essential element in the infrastructure for the new communities that new housing and a growing population brings. I’m pleased to say we’re still ahead of the game - meeting the increasing demand through careful planning.”

Barton Farm Academy in Winchester and Stoneham Park Academy in Eastleigh - both operated by The University of Winchester Academy Trust - will fulfil demand from nearby housing developments and welcomed their first pupils in September.

Professor Joy Carter CBE, DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester and Chair of the University of Winchester Academy Trust, said: “It is incredibly exciting to see both schools now welcoming their first pupils. This is the start of a wonderful journey to provide outstanding education for children, in academies where they can learn and flourish. Both schools will also benefit from the University of Winchester’s first-class track record in teacher education, our links with business and community organisations, and our passionate commitment to sustainability and social justice. In addition, our innovatively-designed school buildings feature state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning environments, meeting the very highest standards for sustainability."

Barton Farm Primary Academy

Barton Farm Primary Academy has been built to meet demand from the new Kings Barton development - a new 420 place school for pupils aged from 4 to 11 years.

Inspired by the farming and agricultural heritage of the local area, the school’s 14 classrooms have been designed to be ‘barn-like’ and are clustered around the central courtyard. Additional facilities include a large main hall and adjacent performance hall, a flexible library space that can also be used to host events, office space, a medical room, a practical classroom for teaching design, technology and cooking, and areas for one-to-one meetings.

Outdoors, extensive grounds and playing fields provide ample space for formal and informal play.

The building has been designed to be as sustainable as possible and includes solar panels and an underground rain-harvesting tank.

Construction began in May 2019, representing a capital investment of approximately £10.4M.

Stoneham Park Primary Academy

Built to provide 315 new school places for children aged 4-11 from the 1,100-home North Stoneham Park development, the two-storey, Stoneham Park Primary Academy has been designed with a compact footprint to maximise the available woodland and parkland space for outdoor play and learning.

The academy comprises 11 classrooms with nearby areas for smaller groups to meet and work, a large main hall and adjacent performance hall, kitchen, flexible library space, practical classroom, office space and a medical room. Designed with sustainability and lower energy use in mind, the compact building also makes use of solar panels to generate its own electricity.

Construction began in September 2019, representing a capital investment of approximately £6.7M.

Colden Common Primary School expansion

Representing a capital investment of approximately £1.8M, the single-storey extension to Colden Park Primary School has provided an additional 105 school places. The extension comprises three new classrooms and new toilets, as well as alterations and improvements to the school kitchen to support catering for the increased number of pupils.

An outdoor teaching space and additional car, cycle and scooter parking were also provided.

Building of the new extension began in the autumn of 2019.

Kings Copse Primary School expansion

The expansion to Kings Copse Primary School represents a capital investment of approximately £2M and has created space for an additional 105 school places. The single-story building extension provides three new classrooms and new toilets, while additional internal refurbishment and remodelling provided space for a new reception classroom.

Outdoors, additional parking spaces and scooter storage were added, and the play area was relocated and increased.

Building of the new extension began in autumn 2019.