Work starts on new centre for Frank Wise students

Frank Wise School headteacher Sean O'Sullivan with Banbury MP Tony Baldry at the school's ground-breaking ceremony. NNL-150303-173916001
Frank Wise School headteacher Sean O'Sullivan with Banbury MP Tony Baldry at the school's ground-breaking ceremony. NNL-150303-173916001

Work on a new £2 million building for the Frank Wise School has started following a ground-breaking ceremony.

The building, which is for post-16 students, will be named the Griffiths Centre and is funded by a grant from the Education Funding Agency and £1 million funding from Oxfordshire County Council.

The cost includes furniture and equipment.

Banbury MP Tony Baldry and members of the Rotary Club of Banbury attended the ceremony last Friday.

The school still wants to raise £100,000 for specialist tables, chairs, technology and kitchen equipment for the new building as well as an external decking area.

The new building will replace temporary classrooms currently in use and it will also house a self-contained flat where students can, with supervision, develop the skills to live a more independent life.

Headteacher Sean O’Sullivan said: “We have faced many challenges since the school opened in 1961 and have always been humbled and delighted by the support we have received from the local community.”

After the ceremony, the immediate past president of Rotary, John Hansford, presented Mr O’Sullivan with a cheque for £2,000.

The money represents the sum of donations from the Banbury branch’s contact group of Rotary Clubs in Biella in Italy, Villefranche in France and Olten in Switzerland. The money is to be spent on a continental travel experience for Frank Wise students.