School looks at how to use £5m windfall

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MORE sports pitches, more classrooms and a new building to complement listed Georgian architecture are all ideas put to the public at a consultation evening.

Since Purbrook Park School’s trust sold some of its land for £5.35m last year, ideas have been put together on what the money could be spent on.

Headteacher of Purbrook Park School Paul Foxley with school bursar, Kerry Georges

Headteacher of Purbrook Park School Paul Foxley with school bursar, Kerry Georges

Yesterday was the Park Avenue school’s first opportunity to put some of its plans to the public.

Headteacher Paul Foxley said: ‘We are looking at developing the school and redeveloping parts and adding new buildings as well so the school becomes fit for purpose.

‘It will have state-of-the-art facilities for the next generation of young people in Purbrook.

‘We want to offer improved and enhanced sports facilities including new five-a-side football pitches and netball and tennis courts. Also a new enhanced football and rugby pitch. We also want new music and performing arts facilities and a new dance studio.’

The school undertook a tendering process, and chose a project manager and architect to put together some plans.

A feasibility study is now under way to find what could be done with the space the school has and the financial resources.

Kerry Georges, the school’s bursar, said there had been positive feedback, with many residents who live nearby dropping in.

‘It is about enhancing what we have got,’ she said.

‘What it will do is it will allow us to have faculties and keep all the different subjects together.

‘It is going to be a way of consolidating everything.’

She said there will be a minimal impact on those living nearby and the changes would benefit the next generation.

A planning application for the proposed sports facilities will be complete by the spring, with work expected to begin by the summer.

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