Fryern Junior school to be rebuilt

Existing 1960s building will be replaced by a modern sustainable facility.

Headmistress Angela Morrow and Councillor Judith Grajewski pictured outside Fryern Junior School

Chandler’s Ford residents have been finding out about the proposed plans for the redevelopment of Fryern Junior School at an exhibition and drop-in event yesterday.

The existing school building – which include a 2 storey block – date back to the 1960s and while structurally sound it is one of only two timber-framed School buildings in Hampshire.

Hampshire County Council say the buildings have come to the end of their life and are scheduled for replacement so both schools will be redeveloped at a combined cost of £15.5 million.

The proposals at Fryern Hill will see the construction of a new school alongside the existing building which will remain in use during the construction period and then demolished after completion.

The adjoining infant school building on the Oakmount Road site will not be affected by the proposals but will share a combined reception area with the new building as opposed to the existing two separate receptions it has now. This arrangement will allow the two schools to share resources easier.

Angela Morrow, who is the Headteacher of both the Junior and Infant schools, told Eastleigh News that the plans would make the school more sustainable and cost effective in terms of heating and utilities and that would help cut the schools carbon emissions.

The Head also gave assurances that the proposed redevelopment wouldn’t affect everyday school life and that the construction period would be carefully managed so learning is not impacted.

HCC say they will fund the project as a priority using money received from the government’s Schools’ Condition Allocation grant and that the new school will not see an increase in the number of pupils when it is completed in 2021.

County Councillor Judith Grajewski, who represents Chandler’s Ford and is the County Council Lead for Health, said:

“The need to replace the timber-framed structure was identified in 2017, so I’m delighted the money is now being made available. Plans are at an early stage and I’ll be working to ensure close co-operation between the County Council and the school and also with the local community”.

Councillor Keith House who leads the Liberal Democrat group on Hampshire County Council told Eastleigh News the Lib Dems also welcomed the plans:

“Modern school buildings are incredibly expense and that’s even after the government has reduced the design standards to keep costs down.

“The Lib Dems at Hampshire support capital investment in new and rebuilt school buildings many of which should have been replaced years ago as they do not meet modern educational need and indeed are environmental disasters, especially those put up on the cheap in the 1960s and 1970s.”

The public consultation will run until July 26  – more information and a response form can be found at:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations/fryernjuniorschool