Delight as green light is given to schools’ revamp

HAPPY DAYS Infant school headteacher Rose Smith, back left, and junior school deputy head Fey Wood, right, celebrate with pupils from Siskin Junior and Infant Schools. Children, back row from left, Summer Jagdzinski, Alliyah Adaway-Hall, Chloe Beeton, Middle from left, Kayleigh Woods, Luc Burrows, Keane Divers, front from left, Kayleigh Woods, Luke Gange, Phobe Ayres and Brandon Broome

HAPPY DAYS Infant school headteacher Rose Smith, back left, and junior school deputy head Fey Wood, right, celebrate with pupils from Siskin Junior and Infant Schools. Children, back row from left, Summer Jagdzinski, Alliyah Adaway-Hall, Chloe Beeton, Middle from left, Kayleigh Woods, Luc Burrows, Keane Divers, front from left, Kayleigh Woods, Luke Gange, Phobe Ayres and Brandon Broome

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TWO schools in Gosport will be transformed after being awarded £2.5m.

Siskin infants and juniors in Rowner have been given the money by Hampshire County Council to revamp the buildings.

No plans have yet been drawn up, but it’s hoped to link the schools, which are located on the same site in Nimrod Drive.

Both will also become federated – meaning they will have the same governing body.

Rebecca Kingsland, executive headteacher of Siskin Junior School, said: ‘The news is fantastic and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

‘It will give us an excellent opportunity to become a centre of learning and excellence on that campus.

‘Both schools are federated which means although they will continue to be two distinct schools they have one governing body.

‘The two schools will work very closely together – as they always have done – but there will be a greater degree of collaboration.

‘This is just what the schools need in the middle of the Rowner Regeneration programme – the timing is perfect.’

Mrs Kingsland said the school is in consultation with the local authority and architects to look at how the money would be best spent.

She added: ‘We still don’t know whether it will be a refurbishment or a rebuild but I’m sure they will work their magic.’

Education boss, Cllr Roy Perry has also agreed £400,000 to pay for a new community centre in Portchester which will house the Keepsake Children’s Centre.

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