Gosport school to receive £1m for expansion project

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A GOSPORT school is going to be expanded thanks to investment by Hampshire County Council.

Leesland Church of England Junior School will be expanded to a three form entry school at a cost of £1m.

The £15.5 million investment in education facilities which has been agreed by Hampshire County Council will also see a new school built in Winchester and a refurbishment at a school in Aldershot.

Councillor Peter Edgar, who is in charge of education at the council, said: ‘Pupil numbers at Hampshire’s schools continues to rise, and our investment in schools to provide the additional places is keeping pace, thanks to our strong track record in planning for the future.

‘We pride ourselves on investing in quality school buildings that are built to be sustainable and provide a good environment for learning.

‘Having a significant in-house team of designers means that we can provide excellent facilities using innovative thinking and the latest technological developments to make the most of the opportunity.’

It is part of the council’s strategy to provide more than 11,000 new primary school places across the county by 2018.

In common with other parts of the county, there is growing demand in Gosport for school places due to rising birth rates, new housing developments and more families moving to Hampshire.