New classrooms and sport pitches at schools

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MORE than £1m will be spent on improving facilities at two schools.

Leaders at Hampshire County Council have given the green light to a huge cash injection at Rachel Madocks Special School in Cowplain and Portchester Community School.

Around £600,000 will be spent on building three more classrooms at Rachel Madocks, which caters for 70 pupils aged two to 19 with significant learning difficulties and complex medical needs.

Construction work is due to start in July and be completed by March next year.

Meanwhile, around £500,000 will be spent on new sports facilities at Portchester, including a new floodlit synthetic turf pitch and two tennis courts. The facilities will open in August.

The majority of the cash is from council coffers, but £98,000 has been awarded from Sport England.

Councillor Roy Perry, in charge of schools in the county, said: ‘We are committed to ensuring pupils have the best educational facilities possible.

‘These two projects will mean enhanced teaching and learning facilities for pupils and staff.’