Historic Southsea school building gets a revamp

NEW HOME Cottage Grove Primary School pupils, from left, Rahat Ahmed with Niyaz Rahman, Leah Ahmed, Libby Pewter, and Michelle Cummins. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133143-9552)
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MORE than 100 primary school places have been created in Southsea in a bid to preserve a historic Victorian building in the school.

It’s part of a £495,000 investment by Portsmouth City Council to repair and refurbish the building at Cottage Grove Primary School.

A new learning space including four new classrooms and two activity rooms has been created in the 200-year-old building known as Belmont Street, as well as an upgrade to the heating and water systems and new children’s toilets. It will be ready for pupils to use from next month.

Headteacher Polly Honeychurch said: ‘Our pupils have shown tremendous achievement this year, with our best SATS scores ever achieved.

‘This new learning space in this beautiful, historic building will undoubtedly encourage them to reach new heights.’

At the opening ceremony, pupils, teachers and governors were joined by council leader councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson and councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘The council is making substantial investments in our schools.

‘Buildings like Belmont Street at Cottage Grove provide pupils with an ideal environment to inspire creativity, collaboration and learning.’

The repairs and refurbishment are part of an ongoing investment of nearly £5m by the council to provide more than 1,000 extra primary places across the city.

Cllr Wood said: ‘Increasing the number of pupil places and the quality of buildings is a critical part of our plan to improve education in Portsmouth.’

The building has dedicated and refurbished space for the Portsmouth Downs Syndrome Association.