WORK is under way on a new multimillion-pound school in Hampshire.

Foundations have been laid for the new primary school for Boorley Park, near Botley, and work continues towards building the framework.

Designed and implemented by Hampshire County Council’s Property Services, the new £6.47 million free school will meet the demand for new school places, generated by families moving in to up to 1,400 new homes being built at Boorley Park.

Once built, the school will form part of the Wildern Academy Trust.

Wildern Academy School’s executive headteacher, Marie Lou Litton, said: “The progress made to date in laying the foundations and beginning to build the new school is impressive and we look forward to seeing this continue, through the necessary construction phases, until we have a school that is complete and ready for its first intake of reception children next autumn.”

The two-form entry school will have the capacity to offer 60 places in reception. This will mean that when the school is full from year R to year six (age 10/11), Boorley Park will be educating a total of 420 pupils.

In addition to 14 classrooms, the school will include: main hall and adjacent music drama studio; group working rooms; specialist practical space for food technology, and a school kitchen. External facilities comprise a grassed playing field, hard play court, as well as a nature and wildlife area.

It is planned to be completed by summer 2019, ready for the new academic year next September. The trust will be running a workshop on December 12, at Wildern School, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm where prospective parents will be able to meet the new headteacher and executive headteacher.