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Executive Member for Education finds Cornerstones "impressive"

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

At the start of the new term, the new Cornerstones Primary School in Whiteley was among those at the top of the list to be visited by Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar.

Describing the school as "impressive" Councillor Edgar commented that the new school is "an excellent example of county departments - children's and property services - working together to provide a high quality education facility to time and on budget."

Prompted by Winchester City Council's plans to bring forward the north Whiteley development area for housing, the Portsmouth and Winchester Dioceses proposed establishing the one form entry Church of England Voluntary Aided primary school. Widespread community support was received and the County Council took the scheme forward with the new school opening its doors at the beginning of the new school year on 3 September.

Councillor Edgar said: "The quality of accommodation is excellent. The teaching spaces are all light and airy, most have outside access and provide an excellent learning and teaching environment. I was pleased to see how much the children and staff were clearly enjoying being at the new school."

"Our objective is to deliver quality education locally, that is to say, near to where children live and where parents want them to go to school. This school will help to meet the demand for school places in the area, ensuring there is sufficient provision for young families moving into the new homes being built over the next few years. The facilities at Cornerstones will enable its pupils to benefit from a high quality learning environment in which to learn and maximise their potential."

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