Cash boost for Emsworth Primary School

A PRIMARY school is set to expand by almost 50 per cent thanks to a massive cash boost to build an extension.

As part of the £907,000 work at Emsworth Primary School, a two-classroom extension will be constructed, increasing the number of primary school places to 315 – an increase in capacity of 105 places.

The investment will also see some existing class rooms transformed, a new library, landscaping work on an internal courtyard and a new playground for reception pupils.

“This will all help to make a new modern teaching environment for the current and new pupils,” said a county council spokesman.

Emsworth Primary School is one of two schools in Hampshire planning to provide additional primary school places for its community after Hampshire County Council agreed the investment.

Commenting on the decision to approve plans, leader of Hampshire County Council Roy Perry said: “Over the next few years, across the county, we are providing 8,000 additional primary school places in areas of high demand with a planned investment of £165m.

“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.

“The investment we are making to transform and expand existing schools and in building new schools will enable the demand for school places across Hampshire to be met.

“Pupils will benefit from high quality teaching environments in which to learn.”

Work to expand the school is expected to start in the coming months and be ready for the arrival of additional pupils in 2014.

The school will remain in use during the work.