New Whiteley school is to be officially opened by bishop

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THE Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth will formally open the newest Church of England school in his diocese tomorrow.

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster will be at Cornerstone C of E Primary School, in Bader Way, Whiteley.

He will visit the classrooms to talk to the pupils and he will also take part in a special service.

Children from Cornerstone CofE Primary, and pupils from neighbouring schools Whiteley Primary School, Sarisbury CofE Infant School and St Anthony’s RC Primary School, will all sing.

Cornerstone CofE Primary School opened its doors to its first 34 pupils at the start of September, at the end of years of campaigning by Whiteley families to secure a new school.

The new building was built and furnished in five months, and staff and governors were recruited and places allocated in just eight months.

The school includes four classrooms, a hall big enough for 210 pupils, a library, staff room, offices and an outside play area.

It is designed to be a temporary building for the next four or five years until the new 3,000-home development to the north of Whiteley is built when it will then move to a location in that area.