New era for Portsmouth school and nursery as it is handed £1.2m boost

Primary school in Gosport celebrates one year since merger

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A SCHOOL has received a £1.2m boost as it prepares to join forces with a nursery.

Goldsmith Infant School in Southsea will become ‘federated’ with Brambles Nursery when the new term starts in September.

The cash boost from Portsmouth City Council will be used to increase the capacity of the school from 135 to 180 places.

And it will also be spent on a new building formally connecting the school with the nursery.

Conditions in both the nursery and the school will also be improved.

Headteacher Alison Spittles said: ‘The increase in capacity is good for the school.

‘We have been oversubscribed in recent years and this will allow more parents to send their children to their preferred school.’

Alison said the cash was a big boost for the school.

‘It’s fantastic,’ she said.

‘We have worked together on what we wanted our provision to be for the future.

‘We will be able to offer provision for families with children up to seven years old with all the different elements such as the children’s centre and childcare.

‘For the families, if they choose to come to us, then we are able to provide all of that in one place.

‘It will make a big difference.

‘There’s a huge value for families to have that one stop shop where they can come.

‘They will be familiar with the staff.

‘The staff will know the children for a much longer period of time. We are looking at being even better in the future.’

Alison said merging the school and nursery had received a positive reaction.

‘We consulted with parents and other schools in the area,’ she said.

‘The feedback that we received has been useful. The overriding response has been positive.’

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education at the city council, said: ‘This is a great opportunity in terms of making sure that the headteacher and the governors set the direction of the school.’