Havant school gets to double its money with £10m boost

PLANS Park Community School has �20m to spend
PLANS Park Community School has �20m to spend
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PLANS to rebuild most of a rundown secondary school have been given a £10m boost.

Park Community School, in Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, now has £20m to replace the crumbling 1950s buildings after Hampshire County Council agreed a second cash injection.

Two-thirds of the school’s floor space will be rebuilt with the rest refurbished or refreshed.

Headteacher Chris Anders said: ‘It’s exciting.

‘We’ve been meeting regularly with the architects because we’re anxious to get a building that’s as flexible as possible – large, but can be made smaller.

‘It has to be a building which in 50 years’ time gives heads the opportunity to do what they need to, so that they’re not tied down to teaching in a certain way.’

Councillor Ken Thornber, leader of Hampshire County Council, said the school is the council’s highest priority for rebuilding.

He said: ‘This is an exciting project that will totally transform facilities at the school for generations to come and is key to ensuring the long-term viability of high-quality education in Havant. It represents a significant investment by the county council in children’s learning in the town, not only for the benefit of pupils and staff but also for the wider community.’

A planning application is expected to be submitted in the autumn.

If approved, work will begin next summer.