New school for Waterlooville is starting to take shape

The new Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville which is currently being built
The new Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville which is currently being built

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THE new school in Waterlooville is beginning to take shape.

Work is well under way on building Berewood Primary School which will be at the centre of the new 3,000-home development to the west of the town.

The school is being sponsored by the University of Chichester Academy Trust and will be part of its Multi-Academy Trust – a group of around 40 academies being developed by the university in the region.

The academy is due to open in September.

It will have a phased intake to meet the needs of the Berewood development and the surrounding community and in time will provide 450 places for four to 11-year-olds.

Sue Patrick has been appointed by CAT as headteacher and a recruitment drive is under way to appoint additional staff for the school.

Mrs Patrick previously led Jessie Younghusband School in Chichester.

Dr Alan McMurdo, director of academies at CAT, said: ‘The academy has been designed to inspire a love of learning – it’s a 21st century school constructed with sustainably-sourced materials. It has generous landscaped grounds, play equipment and sports fields to give the children every opportunity to enjoy exercise and fresh air, and also outside spaces for peaceful activities and learning.

‘Inside we are creating different zones with distinct identities, linked to the historic Forest of Bere, the River Wallington which runs past the site, and the wider world the river leads to.

‘The bright, attractive accommodation includes 14 classrooms and four group rooms; the main assembly hall, which will also be used as dining hall, performance space and gymnasium; a music and drama studio; library and ICT learning resource centre; kitchen and food technology classroom; and staff room and offices.’

Applications for places for children can be made now.

There are 30 places available in reception and to meet the local need in Years 1 to 6.