Four new classrooms officially opened at Locks Heath Junior School

Cllr Edgar enjoys a book in one of the newly refurbished classrooms at Locksheath Junior School with a handful of pupils.
Cllr Edgar enjoys a book in one of the newly refurbished classrooms at Locksheath Junior School with a handful of pupils.
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  • Council invests £2m into upgrading school’s facilities
  • Dignitaries mark occasion by cutting the ribbon
  • Pupils bury time capsule
  • Community buys 300 bricks
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A £2m EXTENSION which has seen four new classrooms built at a junior school has officially been opened.

Locks Heath Junior School, in Warsash Road, held an event to celebrate the completion of its extension.

Headteacher Kevin Parfoot said: ‘This project has been a real team effort and has replaced three very old temporary classrooms that were less than ideal as a space to learn.

‘We’ve had marvellous support from the school community and these new buildings will ensure our school is fit for purpose for many years to come.’

Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for education, cut the ribbon to formally open the facilities.

He was joined by Fareham mayor, Cllr Mike Ford, at the event.

Cllr Edgar said: ‘I was honoured to officially open the extension and see first-hand how the council’s multi-million investment programme is making a difference.

‘The high standard and thoughtful design of these new facilities are a testament to the hard work of the school community and council staff.

‘We want all children to have the best possible educational environment facilities in which to enjoy their learning.’

The £2m project, funded by Hampshire County Council, has created four new classrooms, a learning hub, a multi-use teaching space, new toilets and an external play area. Two existing classrooms and a resources space have also been refurbished.

Additionally, a time capsule was buried close to the Centenary Stone sculpture, put on the school grounds in 2007, to mark 100 years of the school. At that time, a capsule was buried but this was unearthed during the building works. A new time capsule was buried as part of the celebrations and created to commemorate the new era in the school’s history.

Prior to the event, former and current pupils and members of the community bought bricks with their names etched on, to celebrate their time at the school. More than 300 bricks have been permanently laid around the Centenary Stone.