Barton Farm Gets the Green Light
The new £9 million Barton Farm Primary School has been granted planning approval this month, as well has having the project funding approved.
The new academy will have capacity for 450 pupils on the Andover Road in Winchester.
Both the Hampshire Chronicle and the Daily Echo have covered the story.
Success for Linden Education Centre, Amongst Others!
Funding worth £15.5 million was announced as part of an overall investment in Hampshire schools.
Projects include Barton Farm Primary, the expansion of Leesland C of E Junior School in Gosport and the remodelling of the Linden Education Centre in Aldershot.
Congratulations to the Linden Education Centre team who also received planning approval this month (left).
Wellington Primary Completes
A wonderful piece of feedback has been sent to the recently completed Wellington Community Primary School team from the head teacher, David England. David praises the design team, Children Services team and Property Mangement reflecting how intergrated the process has been.
"...driving in to the school, and seeing (the project) ...is a really proud feeling. The community... are thrilled with the look of the school ....thank you for all you have done .... The building and site is stunning."
All Saints Also Completes!
All Saints C of E Primary School has also completed this month.Nicky Osborne, head teacher, said:
"... (the) new classrooms are filled with children and they really like them! They love the brightness and the windows. Many thanks for making this possible for us."
Robyn Wedderburn, Deputy Chair of Governors, added:
"...the new build is wonderful and will provide our pupils with a stimulating environment in which to work, grow and develop. We thank you and your team for all the work that you have done to make this possible."
The 1FE expansion to the award winning Wellstead School has been completed this month.
The project has been challenging as it needed to achieve the finishes and specification of the original school but with the current budget constraints.
There have also been four different Head Teachers during the programme of the project!
Congratulations to the team for matching the extension so seamlessly with the original!
Promoting Careers in Construction
Children tried their hands at plumbing, bricklaying and architecture at a careers day at Alfred Sutton Primary School in Reading.
Some of the HCC Property Services team joined contractors to talk to pupils and give demonstrations.
The careers event was organised with parties involved in Reading Borough Council’s £61m primary school expansion programme covering 13 schools across the borough.
Portesbery Special School has completed this month.
The school provides new accommodation for the existing Portesbery School team
and pupils. The project also expands the school from 70 pupil places to 105.
The school move in November but from the site visits the pupil groups were all
blown away with the outside areas.
The outside area will be zoned but have free flow, enabling wheelchair access to
The School committee were particularly impressed with the ‘treehouse walkway’
and the new wheelchair roundabout.
Congratulations to the team.
Pilgrims Cross Completes
The expansion of Pilgrims Cross (CofE) VA Primary School from 1FE to 1.5FE is now complete.
The original school was completed in 2013 to provide school places for the new Picket Twenty Housing development on the south east of Andover.
The need for the extra pupils had been identified by Children Services' forecast of increasing pupil numbers in the area.
Congratulations to the team.
Reading Primaries Expand with Joy
Construction was completed at eight primary and junior schools in the summer holidays to accommodate the growing numbers of Reading pupils.
Sue Farrow, head teacher of Geoffrey Field Infant School, said:
“The children and staff are thrilled with the new building... We have five new classrooms plus there have been some internal changes. For example, we now have a much larger dining room which is really helpful.... The new layout is already making things much easier for both children and teachers.”
Thameside Primary's Famous Visitor
Sky Sports and former Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas was the guest of honour at the opening of the new extension at a Caversham primary school.
Thameside Primary was the first project to start in the Reading tranche. The £1.4m project added teaching and staff spaces in an extension to the school.
Landscape Group Writes the Book on School Landscape Design
A Fresh Approach to school landscape is the promise of a new book by HCC Landscape Group.
The book is a wonderful resource showing what an important learning tool
a school landscape is and how excellent design will benefit the whole school community.
The book will be formally launched in November but is already available to Hampshire schools through the Hampshire County Council shop.
Cllr Edgar Opens Locks Heath Infant School
The News reported on its education page, Cllr Edgar joined celebrations held to mark the opening of a new extension at Locks Heath Infant School, Fareham.
Cllr Edgar said he was thrilled to see how the County Council's multi-million investment programme for schools was making a difference and how it was testament to all those involved.
Ryders Primary on Its Way to Completion
The project to join Riders Infant & Junior School has now handed over its first two phase in Havant.
The project creates a new central main entrance between the two schools with a combined general office, library, staff room and studio space, providing a more public and a cohesive face to the Schools.
The first two phases were completed on time leading to final completion in December.