There is a need for an additional 1,500 secondary school places within Southampton to meet known demand into the 2020s. The requirement for additional places is in the central region of the city. Southampton City Council will expand provision at existing secondary schools to create 600 new places. The proposals set out in this public consultation aim to create 900 additional places by extending the age range at St Mark's C of E Primary School to form an all-through school.
The vision for St Mark's School is to create a first class all-through school for Southampton providing statutory mainstream education for children from 4 years of age through to 16. St Mark's C of E Primary School is assessed as a Good School by Ofsted. The school was inspected in 2017.
The vision and proposals build on the ethos and values of St Mark's School namely respect, individual responsibility, inclusion and liberty. The proposals for an all-through school on the St Mark's C of E Primary School site and Civil Service Playing Fields are in the very early stages of their development.
An all-through school in Southampton would improve and extend the nature of the secondary provision across the city increasing parental choice. The central location of the St Mark's C of E Primary School is in line with the demand for additional secondary places within the City.
The City Council is wholly committed to the development of the Civil Service Playing Fields site as a shared facility for the school and local community; the intention is to increase the value of the site as a community asset. Neither of the outline schemes presented in this consultation involve building on the Civil Service Playing Fields site. The effective engagement of everyone is crucial in ensuring this commitment is realised. The proposals include for on-site parking, a cycle route along Shirley Road, a new pedestrian crossing and pedestrian and vehicle access to the new all-through school.
The outline plans provide two options for the development of the St Mark's site:
The first option involves the complete demolition of the existing Primary School buildings on the St Mark's site and the construction of a new Primary Phase building in its place. A new 6FE secondary provision would be built on the site.
The second option would involve the refurbishment and extension of the existing Primary School building and the construction of a new 6FE secondary provision on the St Mark's site.
Both of the outline proposals include for a 24 place pre-school facility (in line with the existing provision on site). The proposals are at a very early stage in their development and feedback and engagement through the consultation period will inform the development of any plans.
The first public consultation period ran from Monday 19 November 2018 through to Friday 18 January 2019.
The outline proposals for the scheme are available below:
There is a supporting guide accompanying this public consultation.