Portsmouth schools to benefit from Emirates Spinnaker deal

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SCHOOLS will be given a boost thanks to the £3.5m being awarded to Portsmouth by Emirates.

Portsmouth’s council leader Donna Jones has revealed a large proportion of the cash will be spent building classrooms at Craneswater Junior School, in Southsea, on improvements at Mayfield School, in North End, and put towards the rebuilding of King Richard School, in Paulsgrove.

Cllr Jones said the move will help to cover an £11m shortfall in the authority’s rebuilding schools programme.

The original Spinnaker design sparked huge controversy and a petition in opposition, launched by Pompey fan Alex Judd, attracted up to 10,000 signatures. The backlash prompted the council to consult people and request they submit their own ideas before a final version was drawn up.