Capacity at city schools is raised to meet demand

Portsmouth schools are preparing to tackle increasing demand for places
Portsmouth schools are preparing to tackle increasing demand for places

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SCHOOLS in the city are preparing to expand to meet increasing demand for places.

Three schools will raise the number of places as part of a multi-million-pound investment by Portsmouth City Council.

Northern Parade Infants in Hilsea will increase its capacity from 270 to 360 places and Northern Parade Juniors, also in Hilsea, will increase from 360 to 480 places. Craneswater Juniors will increase from 360 to 480 places.

Developments will include more classrooms, shared resources and improvements to external facilities will be shared with staff, parents, pupils and residents to give them the opportunity to have an input.

Sue Wilson, executive headteacher at Northern Parade Schools, said: ‘This is a very exciting time for Northern Parade Infant and Junior schools.

‘We have been over subscribed in Year R and Year 3 for a number of years and have had waiting lists of parents wanting their children to attend our schools.

‘We are thrilled that the budget allocated to Northern Parade will allow us to have a state-of-the-art building which will house music, drama, IT and library resources.

‘This is nothing more than the children deserve.’

Councillor Neill Young, cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘These school places show our commitment to ensure that our city can meet the growing needs of our youngsters.

‘We want to give every child a good place to learn and develop to ensure that they can fulfil their full potential.

‘We’re looking forward to sharing the plans and starting on the development of these schools.’

The council is spending £1.5m on Craneswater Junior School and £2.9m on Northern Parade Infant and Junior Schools.

An extra £500,000 is also being spent on moving the Parade Community Pre-school to an expanded home behind the Children’s Centre on Doyle Avenue.

The project is all part of the council’s programme to secure additional and permanent primary school places to meet demand for places.

The increase in numbers will be staggered from this September over the next three years for the infant school and four years for the junior schools.