New classrooms are foundation for future

A primary school in Banbury has officially opened new classrooms.

Dashwood Banbury Academy in Merton Street currently has about 250 pupils but six new rooms will allow the school to increase pupil numbers by 180 when the next academic year starts in September.

Dashwood Banbury Academy opened their new classrooms last Thursday.

Dashwood Banbury Academy opened their new classrooms last Thursday.

An opening ceremony was held last Thursday with staff, pupils and parents of the school.

Rachel Gallyot, principal, said: “This building represents a really exciting future for the school. This expansion means we can provide excellent education for the community and build on the good that is already here. As a principal, to be able to offer education to 180 more pupils is a really exciting opportunity.”

Work to build the classrooms was undertaken by Wernick Buildings and took about six months to complete. They were finished in January and cost about £500,000, including a £7,000 government grant.

Features of the classrooms include an interactive blackboard and wet areas for children in Years Four, Five and Six.

It marks a transition at the school after it joined the Aspirations Academy Trust about 18 months ago. Steve Kenning, trust chief executive, hopes staff can now continue working hard and help make the school ‘outstanding’ in its next Ofsted inspection.

Mr Kenning said: “This is absolutely brilliant for the school, Dashwood is our first primary school in the trust and we are delighted with the journey it is making.

“What is great about the school is that it is already oversubscribed with children wanting to come here to learn. These classrooms are the foundation for the future and we want children from the age of three up to 18 to have their education at an Aspirations Academy.”