Huge investment by council will create new school spaces

Graham Galbraith

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A CASH injection of almost £1.5m is set to create scores of much-needed school places in Emsworth and Clanfield.

Emsworth Primary School and Petersgate Infant School are set to expand thanks to the grant from Hampshire County Council.

An extra 105 places will be created at Emsworth, with £907,000 being spent on creating extra rooms.

Some existing class rooms will be transformed, a new library will be created and there will be landscaping work carried out on an internal courtyard, together with construction of a new playground for reception pupils.

The £601,000 expansion at Petersgate, creating 30 more places, will involve the construction of new spaces, the development of a new resource area and provision of a scooter parking facility and new play areas.

Councillor Roy Perry, leader of the county council, said: ‘Over the next few years, across the county, we are providing 8,000 additional primary school places in areas of high demand with a planned investment of £165m. Our objective is to deliver quality education locally, that is to say, near to where children live and where parents want them to go to school.

‘The investment we are making to transform and expand existing schools and in building new schools will enable the demand for school places across Hampshire to be met.’

The work will start in the coming months and be ready for the 2014 intake.