Eastleigh school places boost

A green light has been given to expand Nightingale Primary School in Eastleigh, to deal with the shortage of school places in the town.

Mike_Thornton_MP_Eastleigh_Town_parents.jpgThe plans are set to increase the school's capacity to offer 60 places in Reception Year, bringing the overall total for the school up to 420 places.

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton, who has campaigned for solutions to the growing crisis in school places shortages, has welcomed the news.

The building works are set to create permanent facilities, not temporary classrooms, and will include an extension to the current school buildings. The work is set to be completed in time for September 2014, subject to planning approval being obtained and the building works being completed.

This follows news of a potential extension to the Crescent Primary School from a two form entry school to a three form entry school, with plans including a new sports hall, and associated kitchen. The proposal could see the school offer 630 places to children when complete, up from the current 420 places.

Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton said, "This is a great boost for local parents and children - it means children in Eastleigh will be more likely to get a place at their local school. Pressure on school places has been a growing problem over the past few years, and is set to continue. It’s vital we see more action on this across the borough.”

“I'm delighted that the County Council have finally listened to campaigners and parents, and taken action to begin to deal with the crisis. It's important that children are given the opportunity to go to a local school, and are not forced to travel miles every day."

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