New teaching jobs and classroom assistant jobs could be created in the south-east, after Hampshire County Council gave the green light for a new primary school to be built.
Portsmouth and Winchester Dioceses proposed establishing a one-form entry Church of England voluntary aided primary school in north Whiteley, where substantial housing development is set to take place over the next few years.
The county council this week approved these plans, which will see the school open in September at a temporary location before eventually moving to a permanent site and becoming a three-form entry school as the demand for places increases.
Councillor Roy Perry, Hampshire's executive lead member for children's services, remarked: "I completely understand parents' desire to have their children attend schools close to where they live so I look forward to considering these proposals, which will provide additional school places in Whiteley to meet the demand for places now and in the future."
At present there is only one three-form entry primary in Whiteley which is over-subscribed, with children denied places there having had to travel several miles to attend schools outside of the local catchment area.
Posted by Tim Colman