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Grant gives a push to start of sixth form
WORK to build a new sixth form at a Banbury special needs school could start early next year.
‘WELL-DESERVED’: Anne Bonner
Frank Wise School has been given a £963,468 grant by the Government to help pay for a new building for post-16 education.
The new facility will cater for more than 20 pupils and will replace a temporary building currently used for sixth formers.
It is understood the school will also make a contribution towards the cost of the new building, but the figure was not available when the Oxford Mail went to press.
Deputy headteacher Simon Knight said: “The reason we need it is that the facility they are currently being taught in is not designed with their specific needs in mind.
“They are getting a learning environment that enables us to maximise their potential, and to give a highly specialised and highly personalised learning experience.”
School enrolment is just over 100, about 20 being sixth formers.
Governor Anne Bonner, who is also a town, district and county councillor, said the grant was “well-deserved”.
She said: “It’s absolutely amazing, but then it’s an absolutely amazing school.
Work to design the new building is in the final stages and a planning application is expected to be submitted to Cherwell District Council soon. Work is expected to start early next year.