All Saints Church of England Primary School, Winchester to receive permanent classrooms
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Pupils at a Winchester school are to have new permanent classrooms as part of plans unveiled by Hampshire County Council to cater for the school's ongoing growth in pupil numbers.
At his Decision Day (25 March), Executive Lead Member for Children's Services, Councillor Roy Perry instructed officers to progress a scheme at All Saints Church of England Primary School in St Catherine's Road, Winchester to replace the temporary classroom and provide the school with permanent accommodation for a one form entry school.
The plans form part of the County Council's £10million long term investment to provide hundreds of additional primary school places in the city from September 2014 to meet the pressures from rising birth rates, new housing developments and parental preference, as more and more young families move to Winchester.
Adding to the Children's Services existing overall £256million capital programme over the next three years, the enhanced facilities will see the temporary classroom removed, and two new permanent classrooms provided. There will also be a new internal link that connects the upper and lower parts of the school so that staff and pupils no longer have to go outside, as they do now. A new level main entrance will also be provided for the school, as well as improved staff facilities and in particular, a larger staffroom.
Commenting, Councillor Perry said: "The Capital Programme report on this agenda makes reference to the recent Government grant announcement. The report identifies £256million for investment in schools and other Children's Services establishments over the next three years. Such a considerable investment will offer many new and enhanced facilities for Hampshire children.
"In the Winchester city area, there has been a significant and rapid demand for primary places which mirrors the national trend, and one which we expect to continue. Much work is already underway to help address this in the years ahead, and I am pleased that we are in a position to move forward with plans to provide two permanent classrooms at All Saints Church of England Primary School, which will deliver an extra 70 places, and bring total pupil numbers up to 210. This represents a significant investment by the County Council so that children attending the school in future can enjoy enhanced facilities that support their learning and provide them with the best possible start in life."