Portsmouth school gets £1.9m to offer more places

Children at at Newtown C of E Primary School in Gosport dress up as their favourite nursery rhyme characters          (171220-10)

Children dress up as their favourite nursery rhyme characters

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NEARLY £2m will help a school increase the number of places it can offer by 105 children.

Arundel Court Primary School in Portsmouth, has been given £1.9m by Portsmouth City Council for its expansion.

The school, on Northam Street, will also benefit from Education Funding Agency money and works will be undertaken as part of the priority school building programme.

This will enable the school to add an extra reception class in response to the increasing primary school numbers across the city.

The money will also fund the replacement of three temporary classrooms with new, purpose-built classrooms.

Cabinet member for education at the council Councillor Neill Young approved the funding.

He said: ‘By re-allocating capital funding we can increase capacity at this popular primary school and create more, much need primary school places within the city.’