Councillor Stephen Reid, Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resources and Performance, commented: “Creating a combined total of 420 new school places, these three expansions are part of our countywide programme to provide 17,500 new places at Hampshire schools by 2021, with a planned investment of around £140 million.
“Staying ahead of the game is vital when it comes to ensure there are sufficient places at good quality schools for a rising population of families all over Hampshire. Thanks to our strong track record in planning for the future, our provision of school places is keeping pace with continued rising demand in Hampshire.
“Investing in quality school buildings that are built to be sustainable and provide a motivational environment for learning is something that the County Council is proud of. Having a significant in-house team of designers, who specialise in school buildings, results in excellent teaching spaces.
“This expertise, and our years of experience, means we are able to provide top quality, functional facilities that are also aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. In addition, our size and capacity as a local authority allows us to deliver effective economies of scale, and ensure that taxpayers receive the best possible value for money.”
Romsey Primary School and Nursery expansion
To accommodate pupils moving in to the area as a result of new housing developments in Romsey, an additional 210 places will be provided as a result of a £2.85 million County Council investment, allowing the school to accept up to 480 pupils (including nursery provision).
The expansion will provide seven new classrooms, toilet facilities, additional rooms for small group working and a learning resources area. The hall has also been extended.
North Baddesley Infant and Junior School expansions
Expanding the Infant and Junior schools will provide a further 90 Infant and 120 Junior places to ensure there are enough places for children in catchment, as well as those moving in to the planned new housing in the area. The £3.79 million expansions will allow the schools to accommodate up to 270 and 360 pupils respectively.
The Infant School now has a new three classroom block, toilet facilities, group work room, and a new kitchen to prepare and serve school meals. Additionally, the main entrance has been relocated to face Botley Road to improve the school’s security and children’s safety; and the boundary fencing has been replaced and improved with additional, updated security to include double lock gates and an intercom.
A two storey extension to the Junior School comprises four new classrooms, storage and toilet facilities. The works also included changes to the school access paths to improve safety and security, new covered cycle and scooter provision for both sites, and additional parking.
Jason Anderson, Headteacher at Romsey Primary and Nursery School, commented: "The children, staff and governors are really excited about the next chapter for our school. Since joining as Headteacher in 2013, we have been on an incredible journey to establish ourselves as a popular, high performing school. The expansion will allow us to provide an inspirational education for even more children! The new classrooms are state of the art, and the architects have helped us to maximise our stunning grounds even further."
“The building work has enabled more children and families to benefit from our thriving community school”, said Carla Lashmar, Headteacher at North Baddesley Infant School.
Commenting on the expansion at North Baddesley Junior School, Neil Hardy, Headteacher, said: “The project has ensured that several key areas have been improved – site security, encouragement for the children to cycle and scooter with a new bike shed and scooter pod, as well as parking for increased numbers of staff.
“Our extension ties in seamlessly with the existing junior school building. After another successful Ofsted inspection in February endorsing the school as a good provider with outstanding features, the increased capacity will help to strengthen the feeling of a primary campus alongside our colleagues at the Infant school.”