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A SCHOOL is to get a new £300,000 student support centre.

Hampshire County Council has approved the plans for the building at Brookfield Community School in Sarisbury Green.

The centre will provide a dedicated facility for pupils facing challenges linked to educational attainment or behavioural issues.

The refurbished accommodation will include a reception area, two group teaching areas, practical working areas, interview rooms, an office, kitchenette, store and toilets.

Work is expected to begin in January 2012 and be completed in the spring term.

Councillor Roy Perry, in charge of children’s services for the county, said: ‘This centre will enable those children who may be experiencing difficulties with their learning to receive intensive support in an environment dedicated to improving their capacity to learn and develop their skills.’

Headteacher Ria Allan added: ‘There are more young people who would benefit from a specialist purpose-built facility.’