A FAREHAM retreat used by primary schools and youth groups will be spruced up thanks to a £1.3m grant.
Stubbington Study Centre will have brand new classrooms and bigger dormitories to accommodate 124 children and 13 teaching staff thanks to the extra cash approved by Cllr Ken Thornber, leader of Hampshire County Council.
The plans, due to be completed in early 2013, have given the 14-acre site with a conservation area, seven ponds, a playing field and wildlife hides a new lease of life.
Cllr Thornber said: ‘The remodel of the centre will enhance the learning environment for all of its students and increase its capacity for wider appeal.
‘For many youngsters it may well be their first time away from home and this project will provide them with new and improved facilities to help make their educational experience more enjoyable in the future.’
The centre is used for resident Key Stage 2 school groups on short breaks during term-time and self-catering youth and community groups during the school holidays and weekends.