Council backs plans for temporary primary school

Council backs plans for temporary primary school

Council backs plans for temporary primary school

First published in Fareham

COUNTY council education chiefs have backed plans to build a new £2.2m temporary primary school to tackle the shortage of places for pupils in Whiteley.

County councillor Roy Perry, Hampshire’s executive lead member for children’s services, yesterday approved proposals for a 210-space school on a site owned by the county council next to Lady Betty’s Drive and Leafy Lane.

Children will be taught in temporary classrooms, but will have a playground and a field.

In the longer term, the school will transfer to new permanent buildings in North Whiteley as part of a major new development.

The school will be run by the Church of England’s Winchester and Portsmouth Dioceses with building costs met by the county council.

Admission will not be faith-based.

Parents have long campaigned for extra places to cope with ever-increasing pupil numbers.

The existing three-form entry primary in Whiteley is over-subscribed and children denied places have had to travel miles out of the catchment area to schools south of the M27.

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