A HAMPSHIRE school has been given the go-ahead to create two new schools.

The new secondary and primary school will form part of one of "one of the largest school building programmes in the UK."

As previously reported the schools will be built at sites earmarked for major housing developments in Hedge End and Botley.

Now head teacher Marie-Louise Litton has been given the go-ahead to build the schools as part of the Wildern Academy Trust.

She will work with Hampshire County Council and the Department for Education to develop the plans which include a new seven form entry secondary school on land at Woodlands Lane and a new two form entry primary school on Boorley Park, Botley

Ms Litton said: "Building on Wildern’s excellent reputation, commitment to the local community and track record of providing high quality education, we are excited about the opportunity to contribute further to the educational provision in the area.

"Moving forward we will become a Multi Academy Trust, which in simple terms is very similar to our current status and legal entity but will include two additional schools. Our commitment to our current learners and community remains the same; providing high quality teaching and learning for all."

HCC development officer Mark Saunders said: "The proposed new secondary school would allow the capacity for up to 210 places for Year 7 from September 2020, growing to 1050 pupils across five year groups.

"The proposed new primary school would allow the capacity for up to 60 places for Year R from September 2019, subsequently growing to 420 pupils across seven year groups."

As previously reported permission for 1,400 new homes and community sports facilities in Boorley Green, Botley was granted in 2013. In addition 650 new homes could be built at the site west of Woodhouse Lane in Hedge End, along with a local centre with buildings of up to 1,000 square metres, a public open space, including land for sports pitches and new access roads.