Work has begun to build six new state-of-the-art classrooms at Dashwood Banbury Academy after the school was awarded a £7,000 government grant.
The new classrooms will allow the Merton Street school to double its annual intake from 30 to 60 pupils, providing much-needed places for Banbury children.
Head teacher Rachel Gallyot said the school only secured the cash for the project on the basis of its success – it was graded good with outstanding features by government inspectors in 2011.
Ms Gallyot praised the teaching staff for the hard work that allowed the school to secure the funds.
She said: “There’s a need in the town for more school places so this will help to meet that need. I think this will give us a lot more opportunities as we build a bigger school.”
She continued: “For the older children there will be a progression for them into the new buildings which will help to give them a sense that they are growing up into the new buildings.
“It’s a really good opportunity for us and it also means we can get some more excellent teaching staff to add to the fantastic staff that we’ve already got as we expand our already successful school.”
The pupil-led school council is also getting involved in the new build with children deciding on a new location for a piece of play equipment which needs to be moved to make way for the new classrooms.
Ms Gallyott said: “The pupils have made the decision themselves so they’ve really been able to get involved and feel part of the project.”
It is expected the new classrooms will be completed in January or February ready for the 2014 school intake. More information can be found at www.aatdashwood.org.