Development for Leigh Park school approved

Cllr Ken Thornber
Cllr Ken Thornber
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BUILDING design plans for the £20m redevelopment of a top school in Leigh Park have been given the go-ahead by Hampshire County Council.

Park Community School, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, can now look forward to a major redevelopment which will replace 70 per cent of the current buildings.

Despite Park Community losing out on the Building Schools for the Future funding for refurbishment in 2009 when the scheme was axed, the major rebuild is due to start this summer and expected to finish in autumn 2014.

Under new plans by the council, a three-storey teaching block, along with sports and community facilities will be provided for 900 secondary school pupils.

Other facilities will include those for the performing arts as well as new music rooms, a media suite and special education needs teaching areas.

There will also be refurbished science and technology classrooms. In addition, the design includes an outdoor play area, discovery centre library and dining hall with café.

Cllr Ken Thornber, leader of the council who approved the design this week, said: ‘The remodel of Park Community School will enhance the learning environment for all of its pupils. The project, which represents a significant investment by the county council, will provide youngsters with new and improved facilities to help make their education experience more enjoyable in the future.’