LEOH Primary School.
In the run up to the LEOH Planning Committee meeting the size of the Primary School changed from 1 form entry to 2 form entry and back to 1 form entry.
Every new home generates (on average) a need for 0.3 primary school places so the 700 homes on Land East of Horndean would generate a need for 0.3×700 = 210 spaces. A one form entry school (one class of 30 pupils for each of the 7 years at the school) would alone fill a one form entry school.
The Horndean and Rowlands Castle District Councillors with Parish Councillors invited HCC to meet and discuss our local needs. We already know local schools are oversubscribed and wanted to ensure this new school could cater not only for the new homes, but also for the current demand and other new homes.
Following these meetings HCC have confirmed the following:
1 – A 1.5 form entry school will be built on LEOH with space to extend to a two form entry school secured to extend the school in the future to a two form entry school with a capacity for 420 students.
2 – The access road to the school and land will be handed over to HCC before any houses are sold so that the school can be in place right from the start.
3 – The land owners will also pay about £5 Million to fund the building of the schools as well as handing over the land for free.
4 – HCC are also working on plans now to extend primary schools in Havant as currently about 200 pupils travel to schools here. This will also help reduce local pressure.
Cllr Elaine Tickell, said: “As local councillors we wanted to make sure the new development could address the current over-subscribed schools and make sure that the new school was in place right at the start of the development.”
Cllr Guy Shepherd, said: “When the planning committee was advised by Hampshire County Council that a single form entry school for 210 pupils was required to mitigate the development we were concerned this would not address our current needs as well as the new development. Local Councillors and EHDC Officers have worked with Hampshire County Council to look at how we can make sure Horndean is properly provided for. We are delighted that HCC has been able to review this and with capacity for 315 to 420 students we know this vital infrastructure is secured.”