Government funding for new junior school in Poole
A NEW junior school will be built in Poole to help meet a growing need for school places.
The Department for Education will provide £3.8 million to the Borough of Poole to build a school with 360 places on the Fourways site along Constitution Hill in Parkstone.
The school will be used by pupils aged seven to 11 - while an additional £1.4 million has also been received to fund the expansion of Oakdale Junior School.
Councillor Janet Walton, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, Borough of Poole said: "It is great news that we have received this funding for the new school.
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"Along with an additional £1.4 million funding for the linked expansion of Oakdale Junior School, it will help provide places for the expanding pupil numbers in this area."
The National Audit Office reported in March there is a national shortage of around 256,000 school places - with Poole identified as an area of high need.
The expansion of Oakdale Junior School is due to be completed in April 2014 after work started on the site in May 2013.