Celebrations as Clanfield school gets ready for future with new classrooms

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TWO brand new classrooms have been opened in Clanfield in preparation for hundreds of new homes which are being built in the area.

Petersgate Infant School welcomed parents, pupils, staff and governors to celebrate the opening of the new classrooms as part of a £601,000 expansion project.

(l-r) Headteacher Julie Tasker, with Ethan Hunt, Daisy Tee, Valerie Stubbs, Freya Hunt and Callum Sutton. Picture: Ruth Scammell

(l-r) Headteacher Julie Tasker, with Ethan Hunt, Daisy Tee, Valerie Stubbs, Freya Hunt and Callum Sutton. Picture: Ruth Scammell

Veteran of the school Valerie Stubbs, who has worked there and seen her children and grandchildren educated there, was on hand to cut the ribbon.

She also helped to cut the cake with children at the school.

Headteacher Julie Tasker said: ‘Clanfield is a growing community and we need to prepare for the time when we are going to need to take more children in the future.

‘It just means that currently our children can use the space while we haven’t got extra children in the building. We’ve got more outside space than they have had previously.

‘It just means that they can be free to move around and not be in a cramped space.

‘It’s fantastic. What the children are receiving in school at the moment is incredible. The teachers are amazing, the provision is exactly what these children need.

‘The parents and the children are really pleased with what we are offering and it just means that we can offer it to even more children and they can benefit as well.’

Building work began at the school in February.

The expansion also involved the construction of new spaces, the development of a new resource area and provision of a scooter parking facility and new play areas.

The funding was provided by Hampshire County Council.

Kevin Poulter is a parent governor at the school. His five-year-old son Nathan is in Year one.

Mr Poulter said: ‘I think the amount of space that’s in the school is considerably bigger.

‘It’s a lovely environment for the children to learn and for the teachers to be able to give practical lessons.

‘This is one of the reasons I joined the governing body – because the population is growing. The classrooms can only be of a benefit to the community.’

Jaime Sutton, 34, lives nearby and has a six-year-old daughter Ruby-Jean Bain, who is in Year two.

She said: ‘I think the classrooms are lovely. They are very spacious. It opens up the place quite a lot. It’s needed with the new housing.’

Over the next few years, the county council is providing 8,000 additional primary school places in areas of high demand with a planned investment of £165m.