Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education, who visited the schools today (22 March) to see the extension, said: “This is a high quality new building, which will provide wonderful new spaces for pupils to learn and help meet the growing demand for school places in this part of Gosport.
“As a large local authority, with award-winning in-house designers and school building specialists, we have the expertise and capacity to deliver outstanding learning spaces for Hampshire children. Clearly the pupils are very excited about their new classrooms, and this just goes to show how well-designed, good quality facilities can help to motivate and inspire young people to learn.”
The schools have four new classrooms, two in the new extension and two from refurbishing rooms in the existing building, to provide 120 additional school places. New facilities also include a landscaped courtyard for outdoor learning; special educational needs room; toilets; additional storage and six additional staff parking spaces.
Executive Headteacher Claire Wilson said: “It is great to see our school growing to accommodate so many children from the local community. This is great news for the whole Leesland community and the new building will help Leesland C of E Federation provide the very best education for our pupils.”
Building work on the new extension was completed on Monday 20 March. Pupils are due to start learning in fully furnished classrooms by September 2017.
The extension at Leesland is part of the County Council’s commitment to deliver 18,275 new primary and secondary school places by 2020, with 7,360 places delivered to date (from 2013 to 2016).
A new shared path has also been installed across nearby Leesland Park at a cost of £39,000, funded by the County Council, and supported by Gosport Borough Council and Friends of Leesland Park, to improve opportunities for pupils to walk, cycle and scoot to the school.