Camberley's Portesbery School set to relocate
By mattcollison | Monday, February 04, 2013, 12:42
A SCHOOL for children and young people with severe learning difficulties is to be expanded, under county council plans.
Portesbery School will be rebuilt at the Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut and increase its intake by 35 places to 105, as part of the plans, set to be agreed this week.
Its present site in Portesbery Road has no sports field and inadequate play areas and its 1960s classrooms are too small and drafty.
County councillors are being asked to approve the plans in principle at a cabinet meeting to be held on Tuesday (February 5).
The school, for two to 19-year-olds, will reopen two miles away at the old Blackdown Primary School, which closed in 2005 and has remained vacant.
The old school buildings will be demolished to make way for a purpose built facility on the Princess Royal Barracks sit, which is planned to be turned into a 1,200 home housing development.
The expansion is part of a £10 million SCC investment which will provide 12,000 extra classroom places across the county.
Linda Kemeny, SCC cabinet member for Children and Learning, said: "An increase in demand for places means we have to act now to ensure those extra 12,000 children wanting to go to a Surrey school have a classroom to learn in."