New Whiteley primary school could open in 2013

New primary school could open in 2013

New primary school could open in 2013

First published in Education Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

A NEW £4.5m primary school could be set up in a Hampshire community as early as next year, it was revealed.

Parents in Whiteley have long campaigned for extra school places to cope with ever increasing pupil numbers in the area.

Now civic chiefs say there is a “very real possibility” of setting up a 210-place temporary school, with the aim of making the facility permanent in the future.

Proposed sites for the Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School include land off Rookery Avenue and land at Lady Betty’s Drive.

Attempts were made to set up schools in 2007 and 2011, but neither of the plans came to fruition.

Fareham Borough Council ’s executive leader, Sean Woodward, said the other option now would be to leave the system as it was and continue to provide extra primary age places elsewhere within the western wards.

But he added: “The issue of insufficient primary school places in Whiteley has been serious for a number of years.

“We now have the very real prospect of being able to open a new school in temporary accommodation next September but to achieve this it is critical that the residents of Whiteley pull together to give it their strong support.”

Talks are already under way with Hampshire County Council ’s executive member for education Roy Perry, as well as county estates manager Patricia Stallard.

It is hoped the chosen site would provide enough land for a “wellequipped school” complete with outdoor space and car parking.

The school would then move into permanent accommodation once a planned new development is completed north of Whiteley.

A public meeting will be held on September 25 from 7.30pm at Whiteley Primary School.

Parents also have a chance to examine the proposals at a drop-in session in Whiteley Community Centre on October 5 from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Consultation will run until October 23 before Portsmouth Diocese decides whether to publish a public notice.

A recommendation will then by made to Cllr Perry, who will either approve or reject the scheme in January next year.

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3:34pm Thu 13 Sep 12

G0Rf says...

They built a new school at the dowds farm park development in hedge end (Wellstead School) but with only 30 kids per year?

A friend of mine lives opposite the school, but cant get the kids in there (neither can her neighbours) because or poor planning.
Apparently all the kids from the new housing estate have to go to surrouding schools while kids from off of the new estate come in to this school because their older brothers and sisters went their when it first opened and is now full up.
They built a new school at the dowds farm park development in hedge end (Wellstead School) but with only 30 kids per year? A friend of mine lives opposite the school, but cant get the kids in there (neither can her neighbours) because or poor planning. Apparently all the kids from the new housing estate have to go to surrouding schools while kids from off of the new estate come in to this school because their older brothers and sisters went their when it first opened and is now full up. G0Rf
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5:57pm Thu 13 Sep 12

wilson castaway says...

Everywhere in the south has the same problem, the schools need funding to build more classrooms and expand to fit the growing population.
Everywhere in the south has the same problem, the schools need funding to build more classrooms and expand to fit the growing population. wilson castaway
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7:32pm Thu 13 Sep 12

Huffter says...

G0Rf wrote:
They built a new school at the dowds farm park development in hedge end (Wellstead School) but with only 30 kids per year? A friend of mine lives opposite the school, but cant get the kids in there (neither can her neighbours) because or poor planning. Apparently all the kids from the new housing estate have to go to surrouding schools while kids from off of the new estate come in to this school because their older brothers and sisters went their when it first opened and is now full up.
Any chance of that in English?
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: They built a new school at the dowds farm park development in hedge end (Wellstead School) but with only 30 kids per year? A friend of mine lives opposite the school, but cant get the kids in there (neither can her neighbours) because or poor planning. Apparently all the kids from the new housing estate have to go to surrouding schools while kids from off of the new estate come in to this school because their older brothers and sisters went their when it first opened and is now full up.[/p][/quote]Any chance of that in English? Huffter
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