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PUPILS at a Gosport school will enjoy new classrooms after a £490,000 cash boost from Hampshire County Council.

The council has approved plans for an extension at Grange Infant School.

It will see two new classrooms, a tutorial area, a cloakroom and toilets replacing temporary buildings on the Franklin Road site.

The work, which is funded from the council’s children’s services capital programme, is expected to begin in November this year.

The council hopes the work will be finished by next spring. The project is part of a £10m package of investment by the county council into education in Gosport this year. There have also been major refurbishments to Siskin Infant School.

Councillor Peter Edgar, a Gosport county and borough councillor, said: ‘This project is part of our wider investment into education facilities in Gosport.

‘It not only benefits pupils and staff but also the wider community, as our schools frequently serve as a focal point for a wide range of community activities outside of school hours.’

The county councillor in charge of children’s services, Cllr Roy Perry, said: ‘I am pleased to agree this project for Grange Infant School.

‘It will see much improved facilities for the school to replace temporary classroom accommodation which is in poor condition.’