Hampshire & Isle of Wight

The Westgate School's £7.8m expansion unveiled

A school in Hampshire is to be expanded under £7.8m plans approved by the council.

Proposals for The Westgate School in Winchester include 14 new classrooms, a library, music and drama room, and a new main hall.

Hampshire County Council, said a rise in the city's birth rate was a major factor in the plans.

The authority said it was investing £15m to create extra places for pupils in Winchester.

It said five other schools were also awaiting expansion.

'Good record'

Roy Perry, leader of the council, said: "It is a nationwide phenomenon that demand for primary school places is rising.

"In Winchester this is down to a rise in the birth rate, a change in the demography with more younger families, as well as additional housing already built in the city.

"We have a very good track record of accurate and high quality pupil forecasting, and the spaces at Westgate will be needed by September next year."

Work on transforming the school is due to begin in the summer, with 60 extra pupil places available from 2014.

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