The decision signifies the County Council’s continued commitment to ensuring there are enough school places in county schools, for Hampshire children, so they are able to attend a school that is near to where they live.
In agreeing this investment, Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education, said: “We have a good track record in planning to meet the growing demand for school places and our Property Services Team is renowned for designing high quality educational facilities that provide exceptional teaching and learning spaces.
“As a large local authority, with award-winning in-house designers and school building specialists, we have the expertise and capacity to deliver outstanding school facilities for Hampshire children.”
The total agreed funding, of £2,024,000, will be invested on expanding the school to be able to increase its capacity to accommodate up to 315 pupils (from the current 210 pupil number). This will mean that children moving in to new housing developments in the area will be able to go to their most local school.Designed to complement the existing school building, the proposed works will include:
- Building three new classrooms together with additional pupil and adult toilet facilities;
- Remodelling the space currently used as a Visual Impairment (VI) resource, to create a new classroom for reception year children, with the VI unit being relocated to an area near to the existing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Suite and adjacent to the sensory garden;
- Associated landscaping works.
It is anticipated that work will start on site, during summer 2018. With the exception of the school holiday period, the school will remain open with the works carried out and managed to prioritise pupil and staff safety.
Arrangements will include ensuring there are no deliveries or movement of contractor vehicles at the start or the end of the school day and locating the contractor’s fenced off compound on the existing staff car park. Safe access from the school to its playing field will be maintained at all times.