Fareham school hopes to transform former gym

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

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A FAREHAM secondary school has put forward plans to build new classrooms and convert a gym into an examination hall.

Fareham Borough Council’s planning board will discuss plans for Cams Hill School to build six new classrooms.

The gym at the Portchester school will be made bigger and new offices will be built.

Headteacher David Wilmot said: ‘It will make a big difference.

‘In recent years we have built a wonderful new sports hall.

‘We had an old-style gym that was built in the 1950s which was designed for the Girls Grammar school. That clearly isn’t satisfactory for a large mixed secondary school.

‘We have got a brilliant PE curriculum here. Every child does two hours a week and we have lots of extra-curricular activities.

‘The old gym is now used primarily for examinations.’

The plans are dependent on government funding that the school has applied for.

‘If we get the funding we will build on and extend the gym because we have got adequate PE facilities now,’ added Mr Wilmot.

‘We will keep the gym for exams and assemblies. If we get the money it would be absolutely fantastic.’

The new offices will also include a new facility for Year 7 pupils to attend during break times.

‘We would bring together the head of Year 7 and other staff that support our Year 7 pupils,’ added Mr Wilmot. ‘It’s part of us wanting to continue to improve and do better.

‘We want to support children the best we can not just academically but emotionally.

‘If we have a Year 7 centre it’s somewhere that children can identify themselves with. Year 7 is special because these children have just come from primary school.’

Officers have recommended that councillors give permission. The plans will be discussed at a meeting at the civic offices tomorrow.

The school is currently waiting to find out if the application for funding has been successful.