Councillors learn more about changes at Portsmouth school

VISIT Cllr Donna Jones
VISIT Cllr Donna Jones

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A PORTSMOUTH school welcomed local councillors to find out more about its expansion plans.

Mayfield School, in North End, is due to become an all-through school in September.

This will see education being provided for children from four right up to the age of 16.

Councillors Donna Jones and Neill Young paid a visit to the school after they were invited by headteacher David Jeapes.

Cllr Jones, Conservative leader at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Mayfield is a fantastic example of a school utilising every bit of space they have.

‘The concept of through schools with children from six months to 16-years-old attending the school is excellent.

‘With school places at a premium it’s key the Local Education Authority maximises the buildings it has.

‘The headmaster has a clear vision for the school and this is reflected in the most recent GCSE results.’

As reported in The News, the school will be cutting the number of secondary places to accommodate the new pupils.

From September 2015, the numbers of secondary places available will be reduced from 240 to 200.

The proposal will ensure there will be a maximum of 1,420 pupils at the school, as opposed to current projections of 1,620.

Mayfield School will be collecting public views on the issue up until Monday, February 17.