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Portsmouth’s schools boosted by £7m council pledge

 

SCHOOLS in Portsmouth are set for an overhaul thanks to a huge cash boost from Portsmouth City Council.

Councillors have approved nearly £7m of funding to improve, renovate and expand some of the city’s schools.

A total of £1.8m will go towards the authority’s school modernisation programme, which will see repairs and refurbishments made to a number of schools.

Some £4.96m will be ploughed into ensuring schools meet high demand of places in the future, as reported by The News.

The funding is part of the council’s new capital funding schemes.

Schools set for funding for improvements include The City of Portsmouth Boys’ School, which urgently needs to replace concrete panels, Highbury Primary School, and Court Lane Junior School.

Mayfield School is in line for an investment of £1.8m to bring school places to 420.

The expansion will use surplus classrooms and re configuration of existing space.

Council leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said these are ‘exciting times’ for the city’s school children.

He said: ‘It’s an investment on making sure schools are up to scratch so kids can learn successfully.

‘The key is investing in our children for the future to make sure they have the best chance in life to get a good education.

‘People need qualifications now to get jobs.’

CASH HIGHLIGHTS

· Mayfield School – expansion to bring school places to 420 – £1.826m.

· Meon Junior School – replacing a pitched roof and high level windows – £280,000.

· Court Lane Junior School – removal of water storage tanks and pipe work – £331,767.

· Somers Park Primary School – expansion for an additional 105 places across the school – £665,000.

· Improving access to special education needs provision across city – £100,000

 

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