Plans for a new sixth form centre at Frank Wise School in Banbury have been given a near £1 million boost.
A grant of £963,468 from the Government’s Demographic Capital Fund will finance the new building at the Hornbeam Close school to ease pressure on the site and to accommodate the growing number of post-16 pupils.
Sean O’Sullivan, headteacher, said: “This is a massive leap forward in the sense of independence for the pupils and will give them a phenomenal learning space that will be located as close to the school as they currently are.
“We found out just before we broke up before summer, so this will be news to both staff and parents. It’s tremendous news for everyone.”
The building will cater for three year groups of ten students and will have three classrooms, an independent living space, common room, dining room, kitchen and reception area. Work is expected to start early next year.
The school has provided education for post-16 pupils since 2008.
At the end of the building project two temporary classrooms that currently host post-16 pupils will be removed.
The school provides education for about 100 young people in Banbury aged between two and 19 with severe learning disabilities.
Mr O’Sullivan said: “This will enable a model of education which recognises the pupils’ existing skills and provides carefully structured ways of further enabling them to apply these skills in everyday contexts.
“The students are in temporary buildings right in the centre of one of the school fields, so everyone will be glad to see the back of buildings as they are a bit of an eyesore!”