£1m expansion project to start at town school

St Tabitha's from Portsmouth High School. Florence Dempster (aged 11), Sophia Birchall (aged 11) Lily Glew (aged 10) Jessica Mansbridge (aged 11), Anusha Davies (aged 10). Picture: Sally Tiller.

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A GOSPORT school is going to be expanded thanks to investment by Hampshire County Council.

Leesland Church of England Junior School will be expanded to a three-form entry school at a cost of £1m.

It comes as pupil numbers across the town continue to rise.

Executive headteacher Claire Wilson said: ‘It’s due to the number of children living in Gosport. Parents are struggling to find a place for their children.’

Councillor Peter Edgar, who is in charge of education at the council, said: ‘We pride ourselves on investing in quality school buildings that are built to be sustainable and provide a good environment for learning.’

It is part of the council’s strategy to provide more than 11,000 new primary school places across the county by 2018.

In common with other parts of the county, there is growing demand in Gosport for school places due to rising birth rates, new housing developments and more families moving to Hampshire.

The £15.5m investment in education facilities, which has been agreed by Hampshire County Council, will also see a new school built in Winchester and refurbishment of a school in Aldershot.