School invitation to learn about £17m redesign

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LEIGH Park residents are invited to attend a school that is on the cusp of a major £17m rebuild for everyone in the community to enjoy.

Park Community School is inviting people to munch on mince pies and meet the team of architects who will be redesigning their school with funding from Hampshire County Council.

Building works, which are due to begin next summer and be completed by September 2014, will replace about 70 per cent of the school.

This includes significant refurbishment and upgrade of the science and technology block, as well as the sports facilities.

Many unique features, which will be open to the public as well as pupils, include a large lecture theatre and performing arts complex and a ‘learning pod’ – a space as large as six classrooms designed to allow different styles of teaching simultaneously.

The landscape design will include outside learning and play zones and an ‘enterprise wall’ made up of units that can be used by budding entrepreneurs to sell and store their products or services.

Deb Morris, deputy head, said: ‘We are thrilled. This investment will make a huge difference to our pupils and our community, enabling us to really grow as a centre of excellence and innovation.

‘It would therefore be lovely to see local residents to share our exciting plans with them.’

To visit the school on December 6 at any time between 3pm and 7pm, call (023) 9248 9800 or email