The Trust has been approved by the Department of Education as sponsor for both schools, which include:
- Deer Park School – a new seven form entry secondary school at Uplands Farm Estate, Hedge End, for up to 210 children for Year 7 (age 11+) from September 2020, growing to 1,050 pupils across five year groups.
- Boorley Park Primary School - a new two form entry primary school on Boorley Park, Botley, for up to 60 children for Year R (age 4+) from September 2019, growing to 420 pupils across seven year groups.
Councillor Peter Edgar, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education, said: “I would urge local people to attend this drop in session to find out more about these school proposals. As a County Council, we have a statutory duty and strong track record in planning additional school places for the future, keeping pace with continued rising demand throughout the county. In this area, we are committed to creating additional spaces in partnership with Wildern Academy Trust where they are most needed to meet local demand.”
The proposals for Deer Park School formed part of a wider public consultation in September/October to shape outline proposals for new homes, a secondary school and community facilities on the Uplands Farm Estate. The estate consists of two sites primarily owned by Hampshire County Council: west of Woodhouse Lane in Hedge End and north of Winchester Street in Botley. The County Council is responding directly to a request from Eastleigh Borough Council to bring forward these sites for development as part of the borough’s Local Plan review to meet local housing needs. The planning applications for the Uplands Farm Estate are due to be submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council by spring 2018.
The provision for Boorley Park Primary School formed part of the Boorley Park development which was granted outline planning permission in 2013.
The drop in session on proposals for both schools will take place from 4pm and 7pm on 18 December at Wildern School, Wildern Lane, Hedge End. The school plans will also be available to view online at http://consultations.hants.gov.uk from 18 December.
If you would like to comment on the new school proposals, please write to Strategic Planning Unit, Children’s Services Department, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UG or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2018.