Extra places on the way for Havant schools

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EXTRA places will be provided at two Havant schools as part of a £2.5m project.

Hampshire County Council has given the green light for Riders Infant School and Riders Junior School to expand.

The infant school will have an extra 90 places whilst the juniors will have an additional 120 places.

The project is in response to an increased demand for places with the infant school already being oversubscribed. The two schools have federated.

Lisa Dunning is executive headteacher. She said: ‘It’s going to really help the transition between one school and the other. We are on the same site but there’s a space between us.

‘We are a federation and we are going to feel like it.

‘We will have a whole office space and a shared library which will be fantastic for joint working.’

And Ms Dunning said it’s vital that more school places are available.

‘It will be brilliant. We have started that process already but having extra classes with fewer children. Now we can start the process of getting up to full capacity.’

Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘The Riders schools need a better quality shared entrance area and they generally want to upgrade.

‘Hampshire County Council is investing more in its schools than ever before.

‘It’s part of our basic needs programme to find 8,000 extra primary school places.

‘It will be a tremendous benefit.

‘There is no requirement to rebuild schools of this age but we can upgrade the whole facility by investment and it can make the school a much more attractive place for the young people to be educated.’

The project will also see a new joint entrance to the new schools with a combined general office, shared library, staff room and music and drama space.

There will also be an additional infants class space and a number of the classrooms will be refurbished.

The work will begin in the spring and is due to be completed during autumn next year.