EDUCATION bosses handed over the keys of a new £8m school today.
Hampshire County Council’s Peter Edgar performed the honour at Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville.
The school will provide 420 new school places as part of the council’s plan to create 8,000 new primary school places at a cost of £149m over three years.
Cllr Edgar handed over the keys to headteacher Sue Patrick and Prof Clive Behagg, chairman of the University of Chichester Academy.
Cllr Edgar said: ‘The county council has always made it clear, that despite massive reforms nationally and many local authorities stepping back from education, it would grow its services to education.
‘This event clearly demonstrates the success of this policy.
‘It demonstrates the successful partnership working with the government and other quality partners to continue to give a high standard of education across the county.’
The school was designed by a county council architect and built by Balfour Beatty.
It is the first new-build school built by the county council to open as an academy.
Cllr Edgar said the county can embrace change.