Robert May’s School Expansion (March 2016)
Robert May’s School is pleased to be working in partnership with Hampshire County Council on the planning and provision of an additional single form of entry (30 students per year group) from September 2019. This means that by September 2023, Robert May’s School will have 1350 students on roll across years 7-11.
Hampshire County Council has a statutory responsibility to plan and secure sufficient school places in response to variations in birth rate and housing developments. Hampshire County Council outlined its Secondary School Strategy 2015 to 2025 in October 2015 which identified the forecast pressure on secondary school places across the county, including Odiham, Hook, Hartley Wintney and surrounding areas. Across Hampshire, an additional 11,000 primary school places will be required between 2013 and 2018 to meet demand from an anticipated 36,000 new homes and a rise in birth rate. Thereafter an expansion of the secondary schools capacity will be necessary with current forecasts indicating that over 60 further forms of secondary school places will be needed.
Hampshire County Council, Children’s Services and Property Services have been in early, high level discussions with the Head and governors at Robert May’s School in order to understand the implications for the school of a 1 form expansion (30 students per year group) from 2019. Further meetings are planned in the coming months in order to inform feasibility and identify the capital requirements so that a permanent building solution can be developed.
In addition to the accommodation requirements, Hampshire County Council officers will be conducting investigations into the impact that additional car movements will have on the surrounding road network. Although many students of the school make good use of the transport provided by Hampshire, there is a need to be sensitive to local infrastructure contexts.
Both Robert May’s School and Hampshire County Council are committed to consulting with all stakeholders at appropriate stages during the process and are therefore planning to hold a public consultation event in Spring 2016 when County Council officers from Children’s Services, Property Services, Economy, Transport and Environment and Safer Routes to Schools will be available to listen to all points of view. All stakeholders will be invited by letter or e-mail closer to the time.
You can read the full Secondary School Strategy from the Hampshire County Council website by entering – Hampshire Secondary School Strategy 2015-2025 into an internet search engine.
Please view the consultation latter and site plans below for more information.