Community gets the chance to name new Waterlooville school

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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THERE are just two days left to help choose a name for a new school in the heart of a new estate.

The 450-pupil primary in Berewood, Waterlooville, is being built and is set to open in September 2014.

It will serve the thousands of families expected to move on to the new estate over the next 10 to 15 years.

The school is sponsored by Chichester Academy Trust, part of Chichester University.

The academy has launched a consultation to find a name for the school – which will be in place for November 1 when applications open for prospective parents.

Councillor Peter Edgar, who is in charge of education at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘It’s absolutely vital when there are these large developments that schools are built when they are proved to be necessary.

‘This is a good example of Hampshire working with another authority to deliver a quality school.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with and what names come forward.

‘This is a rare opportunity for the community to name a school. It’s an excellent idea.’

Dr Alan McMurdo is the director of academies for Chichester Academy Trust.

He said the school will be outstanding with a wide and rich curriculum.

He added: ‘The chance to create an excellent learning environment from ground level up doesn’t come along very often.

‘We can plan a flexible and engaging space that will enable really effective teaching and enhance curriculum opportunities.

‘The academy will eventually have two forms in each year group from reception upwards but we will initially expect children to arrive into all our year groups as the housing development takes shape.

‘Clearly we need to provide our first pupils with a reassuring and well-supported start to school life and we are very excited about recruiting a first-class set of staff to focus on our children’s needs.’

The academy buildings will be a traditional barn design of brick and timber boarding with pitched roofs finished with clay tiles. It will have 14 classrooms.

Some areas will be available outside school hours for use by the community.

Submit your name idea by midnight tomorrow at