Dorset

School build starts on Prince Charles's Poundbury estate

Poundbury building site where school will be built
Image caption Poundbury was started in 1994 as part of Prince Charles's vision for urban living and will now get its first school

Work has started on a new primary school on Prince Charles's Poundbury estate in Dorset.

Damers First School is an existing school in Dorchester but is being relocated to the estate to cater for an extra 150 pupils.

It will be the first school in Poundbury, a so-called "model town" that was started in the 1990s.

The new school, which will cost about £10m, is expected to be finished in December 2016.

Pupils and staff will move to their new premises in the spring of 2017.

Its capacity will rise from 450 to 600 pupils to accommodate what Dorset County Council calls a "significant rise" in its school-age population.

Trevor Jones, county councillor for Dorchester, said: "It's all taken a long time but I'm delighted that we're nearly there."

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