A Banbury school for children with learning disabilities and special needs has received a welcome cash boost from a county councillor.
Frank Wise School in Hornbeam Close has been looking to rebuild its drama room and has just been given £5,000 by Ruscote councillor Mark Cherry to help with the work.
The cash is part of Mr Cherry’s Big Society allocation from Oxfordshire County Council.
Sean O’Sullivan, Frank Wise head teacher, said: “We were really touched that Mark selected the school as the focus of his donation as there are so many worthy causes. We are particularly interested in trying to use the new facilities to help us develop our links with the community.”
The drama room will cost about £20,000 to build and some of the cash has been raised through events held by students and parents. The school has also been given grants from Banbury Charities, Banbury Inner Wheel and the Headley Foundation.
Construction work is expected to begin before Christmas and includes modifications to the existing room to provide new lighting and projection screens. Vicky Woolfe, resources manager at Frank Wise, said: “We are all really excited about this and we are already looking at ways we can use the room to provide extra curricular activities to people outside the school.
“We hope this will create an immersive environment so the students can have both a quiet place and an all singing and all dancing place. We are really looking forward to seeing it take shape.”
Along with the drama room the school has also successfully raised £35,000 for a new junior playground. Work is expected to begin in the new year.
Mr Cherry said: “I am really happy to be able to give something back to the school.
“I don’t know many that deal with children with special needs so the money will go a long way to help them.” Under the Big Society Fund each Oxfordshire county councillor receives £10,000 to allocate to community-led projects.
Mr Cherry has not yet decided where the rest of the money will go.