PLANS to build a new sixth form at The Warriner School in Bloxham have finally been approved.
At a meeting on Tuesday, Oxfordshire county councillors agreed work could start on the new £500,000 building and it is hoped it will be ready to use from Easter 2013.
Warriner headteacher Dr Annabel Kay has been pushing ahead with plans for a sixth form since she took over at the school more than a year ago.
She said: “It feels absolutely brilliant to finally get this. The discussion of a sixth form at the school has been going for more than 40 years so this is a big step for the future.
“It is lovely to be able to say that we are able to give students the choice to study here. It is fantastic.”
The school officially starts its A-level programme in September 2013, but 22 students from the school will start this September through a collaboration with Banbury’s Oxford and Cherwell Valley College (OCVC).
Because the school is unable to receive funding for post-16 education until 2013, students can register with OCVC but study at The Warriner.
Initially they can study maths and science, and a diploma in agriculture on the school’s farm. The new building will comprise three classrooms, a common room, quiet study area, kitchen and a head of sixth form office. There is also planning potential to include another four classrooms.
It is hoped by 2013 the sixth form will have about 60 students who can study subjects including history, geography, English and a foreign language.
While building work is taking place, students will have their lessons in the school’s meeting room.
Dr Kay said: “There were lots of things students wanted to know, so in assembly we had a question and answer session and they saw it as a real opportunity to see what Warriner School Sixth Form will look like for years to come.”