Portsmouth City Council is investing nearly £14 million pounds in projects to expand and improve schools in the city.
This investment will help fund projects to create additional spaces at three secondary schools in the city to meet growing demand and improve provision for pupils with complex special educational needs and disabilities.
The council's Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Hannah Hockaday said: "There are some major schemes coming up in the city to help us meet the demand for school places and I'm looking forward to assessing plans as they come forward for approval. This year we have committed more than £10million to create additional spaces at schools. Plans are being developed to increase capacity at Charter Academy, Admiral Lord Nelson School and Trafalgar School that will total 900 additional spaces.
"We are also contributing £2m towards a £3.1m re-modelling of Redwood Park Academy and investing £400,000 in remodelling the Willows Centre for Children. This is part of our ongoing commitment to providing for pupils with more complex special education needs and disabilities, enabling them to attend school in the city rather than travelling to schools in other local authority areas. In addition to this, £1m has been allocated to undertake essential maintenance repairs across the city's schools. I'm delighted we are continuing our ongoing investment in education."
Councillor Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: "We are spending nearly £14m on schools this year. That will mean that since we have been the administration, this council will have spent over £50m on improving school buildings and securing new school places to improve education provision in the city."
In addition to the new funding, the following projects are already underway in the city with many due to be completed this year:
- Expansion schemes at Moorings Way Infant, Craneswater Junior and Northern Parade Infant and Junior schools will be completed by the autumn, creating 345 more school places.
- In the summer, a £3m project will begin in order to expand and refurbish Cliffdale Primary Academy for pupils with complex learning difficulties.
- A second phase of expansion at The Portsmouth Academy is underway, and the expansion of Springfield School is nearing completion.
- Work has started on the £3m refurbishment of the former Vanguard Centre in Cosham. Year 10 and 11 pupils from The Harbour School in Fratton are expected to move to the new site in the autumn.