Vanguard Centre to become new home for Harbour School

The Vanguard Centre in Sundrudge Road, Cosham
The Vanguard Centre in Sundrudge Road, Cosham

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  • School which was flooded in storm to get a new home
  • Vanguard Centre in Cosham to become Harbour School site
  • School caters for children with behavioural, emotional and social development needs
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A SCHOOL for youngsters with behavioural difficulties is moving to a new building.

The Vanguard Centre in Sundridge Close, Cosham, will be the home for students of Harbour School in Fratton as part of a £2.5m project.

The school in Penhale Road has suffered problems over the years and in January last year it flooded after a storm and students were sent home halfway through the day.

There were also problems with the electrics and damp.

Administration staff and some students based at the Milton site will also move there.

Portsmouth City Council said the centre will be used as a school from 2017 and it will cater for up to 110 pupils.

Councillor Neill Young, cabinet member for children and education at the city council, said: ‘That site will be developed to take the Fratton provision.

‘It will take some of the administration service that is in the Milton site as well. It will be a lot better.

‘The Fratton site is poor to say the least.

‘The work is now under way. It needs quite a lot of work because these are quite challenging children.

‘This is for children who can’t, for whatever reason, go into mainstream school.’

The existing Cosham Harbour School site will remain open.

And Cllr Young said it was vital that the school was moved. ‘I was absolutely appalled at the state of that building,’ he said.

‘It’s disgusting. We recognised very quickly that we needed to take swift action.

‘We have a challenge because of the behaviour of some of the youngsters. This site is quite excessive.

‘It’s in the right part of the city, but there is a lot of work that needs to be done.’

The Milton site is due to be closed after landowner NHS Property Services Limited decided to put the land up for sale.

Harbour School, which also has bases in Tipner and Stamshaw, educates children who have behavioural, emotional, and social development 
needs.