Aldershot secondary school expansion to be considered by County Council

Alderwood Senior School in Aldershot could expand by 300 places in a £13.5million capital upgrade to be considered by Hampshire County Council this month

Mar 19 2024

west approach to proposed Alderwood school new builiding
The senior school, part of the all-through Alderwood Foundation, currently has 866 pupils on roll. The proposed expansion, which includes 12 new classrooms, would enable the roll to grow by an extra two classes in each year group, bringing the school’s total pupil capacity to 1,150 when complete.

Alderwood is a popular secondary school rated good by OFSTED. The plans have the support of the school, which faces increased demand for places due to housing developments in the area.

If approved, the proposed new two-storey building would include two dedicated classrooms for technology subjects, a textiles classroom, a graphics classroom, three new science classrooms, five general teaching classrooms as well as staff offices and meeting rooms. Additionally, the project would include the reroofing and refurbishment of the existing science block.

To accommodate the new building, the proposed project would see the demolition of the school’s existing single-storey specialist teaching block. A planning application will be submitted later this month, with a decision expected in May.

The project cost of £13.5million is included in the Children’s Services Capital Programme, which was approved by the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services on 19 January 2024. The majority of the funding comes from developer contributions.

The proposal will be considered by the Executive Member for Education on 26 March 2024. Papers for the meeting are available here: Alderwood Secondary School Aldershot-2024-03-26-EME Decision Day