Extra classes set to open at new school in Whiteley

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PARENTAL demand for a new primary school in Whiteley has forced governors to open a combined class for children in Year 1 and Year 2.

The school has been named Cornerstone Church of England Primary School.

The new temporary school for 210 pupils is set to open off Lady Betty’s Drive in September.

It’s being opened because Whiteley Primary School has been oversubscribed for many years.

Every year around 50 children faced longer journeys to get to schools further away from their homes.

Andrew Saunders, chairman of governors at the school, said: ‘Although initially expecting to open just a Year R class in September, there has been considerable parental demand for places in Year 1 and 2.

‘We are now delighted to announce that we will be opening a combined Year 1/2 class alongside the Reception class.

‘While we have not sought to do this initially, out of sensitivity to other schools, it has always been clear that parents wanted to have the option of having their children educated within Whiteley.

‘The Hampshire admissions team can take applications, and parents will be informed whether they have been successful on June 10.’

The school is being prepared to open in September and Mr Saunders said he is pleased with the progress that has been made so far.

‘We are delighted that there are now visible signs of the preparation for the opening of the new primary school at the temporary site,’ he said.

‘There has already been a huge amount of work behind the scenes and we believe that the actual building is nearly ready, albeit rather flat-packed.’

Charlotte Weavers, currently headteacher of Sarisbury Infant School, has been appointed as executive headteacher.

The first two teachers have just been appointed and over the next few weeks the teaching assistants, office administrator, caretaker and lunchtime supervisors will be recruited.

Anyone interested in any of the positions is asked to call Charlotte at Sarisbury Infant School on 01489 573800.