Approval given for all-through school in Portsmouth

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PLANS to open Portsmouth’s first all-through school have been given the green light.

Mayfield School in North End will educate children from four to 16 from September next year.

It comes as the city council’s education chief councillor Rob Wood gave the go-ahead. The school will now accept children of primary and secondary age.

A new two-form reception year for 60 pupils from September 2014 will grow to a 420-place primary school over a seven-year period.

The new all-through school aims to offer early access to specialist staff in foreign languages, performing arts and sport, giving pupils a head start.

Headteacher David Jeapes said: ‘We’re excited about the increased opportunities that this project will bring to families in the north of the city.

‘We’re looking forward to building on the success of our pre-school, which was recently inspected by Ofsted and found to be outstanding.

‘We will aim to offer a higher level of consistency for pupils throughout their time at school and remove the need for them to change school between key stages, which can often bring a dip in performance.

‘Pupils will also be able to have greater opportunities to access all areas of the curriculum and work across the key stages and support each other.’

Cllr Wood said: ‘Portsmouth welcomes its first all-through school.

‘I’m excited that pupils from the age of four will soon be able to take advantage of all that Mayfield School and an all-through school has to offer.’

Bruce Marr, chair of governors, said: ‘We’ll be working very closely with officers from the city council to ensure that this project comes in on time and on budget.’

The first open day will take place on Wednesday, October 2 for entry into the new infant school.

Earlier this year, the council approved an investment of £1.8m to transform existing space at the school and develop provision for primary age pupils.

Subject to consultation, these improvements would be carried out in two phases and be completed by 2015.