Starting school September 2018

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 he or she can start school in September 2018. From Monday 6 November 2017 until Monday 15 January 2018 you can apply online via Portsmouth City Council school admissions website ---> www.portsmouth.gov.uk/school admissions

 

Time Capsule

Time Travelling school children told future generations all about their lives in Somerstown when they buried a time capsule in the grounds of the landmark new Somerstown Central building.

 

Pupils from Ark Ayrton Primary Academy together with those of Cottage Grove Primary, wrote stories, drew pictures, researched history projects and made videos of their schools and recordings of their choirs, which they buried underneath a bench in the landscaped area outside the south entrance of the iconic building spanning Winston Churchill Avenue.

 

Anne Chapman, Ark Ayrton deputy head teacher, said: "The children enjoyed burying the time capsule and were intrigued by the idea that one day it would be found and the content would be looked at by future generations."

 

 

Nick Butler, project manager for contractors BAM, who hope to complete the building before the end of May, said: "It's been great to have the local kids so closely involved with the building of a really important facility for their area right from the beginning of the project.

 

"I was delighted to be able to help them to bury this time capsule which, as I explained to them, will hopefully not be seen until their children, or their children's children find it and are able to look at what their lives were like."

 

The iconic Somerstown Central structure will include brand new community, youth and health centres and an area housing office in a building spanning a dual carriageway.