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Plans for school expansion unveiled

The public have been given a first look at plans for the expansion of St Mark’s Church of England Primary School in Southampton.

At two public engagement events held at the school last week, proposed designs for an expanded ‘All-Through’ school offering both primary and secondary education on one site were on show.

The events and the unveiling of the proposed designs are the latest step in a process that would see the creation of 900 much-needed school places.

The school’s headteacher, Stephanie Bryant, members of Southampton City Council, and a team of technical consultants were on hand at both events to talk about the proposals.

The artist’s impressions show the new buildings that would house the secondary school as well as proposals for restoring the primary school building. A contemporary design has been used throughout but include design elements that reference the existing Victorian school buildings.

The proposed design will provide spaces for a pre-school nursery, a two-form entry primary school and a six form entry secondary school.

In addition a new sports building would be located centrally within the site serving all age groups. Although the design proposes separate wings for primary and secondary teaching spaces, these are linked to enable the whole school to operate as one.

Councillor Darren Paffey, Cabinet member for Aspiration, Children and Lifelong Learning, said: “We are really pleased to be able to share this exciting vision for St Mark’s and move closer to creating hundreds of much-needed school places.”

A formal planning application will be submitted later this year. If the application is approved, work is expected to start on site in the spring or summer of 2020 and finish in 2022.

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