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Bishop opens £2.2m new primary school
A BISHOP has formally opened a long-hopedfor primary school.
Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth the Rt Rev Christopher Foster took part in a special service on a visit to celebrate the opening of Cornerstone CofE Primary School, in Whiteley.
The school is the result of years of work by parents who campaigned to secure it.
During his visit the bishop toured classrooms and did a special service during which he explained the school’s name, which relates to the concept of Jesus being the cornerstone of people’s faith.
Pupils sang alongside children from neighbouring Whiteley Primary School, Sarisbury CofE Infant School and St Anthony’s RC Primary School.
The bishop concluded the service with a blessing for all those connected with the school.
County council planning chiefs backed the £2.2m temporary facility, in Leafy Lane, which provides places for 210 children, back in March.
The school, which was built and furnished in five months and opened last month, is for four, five and six-year-olds and currently has 34 pupils.
It features four classrooms, a hall, library, staff room, offices and an outside play area.
The site had previously been earmarked for housing, but council officers told how there was an “urgent and immediate”
need for the school because many children were being driven out of the area to go to school.
It will be in place for the four or five years, after which it will transfer to new permanent buildings in North Whiteley as part of a major new housing development.
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