A long-awaited new site for a Winslow free school has been confirmed.
Sir Thomas Fremantle School headtecher Darren Lyon confirmed today that, if planning approval goes ahead building work will begin at a new site in the town.
Pupils and staff could soon be move from their current site in Park Road, to land to the north of the town, adjacent to Buckingham Road.
The move could take place as early as September 2016.
This extensive site will also be home to Winslow’s new railway station which will significantly improve the town’s accessibility and the remainder of the site is designated for commercial development.
Mr Lyon said: “After a number of years of negotiation around the site it is very heartening that we are finally able to make this announcement.
“We are extremely grateful to our colleagues at the Education Funding Agency for all of their hard work in helping to secure this site.
“This decision is momentous in the life of our young school and is a reflection of the confidence shown in the school and its popularity to date. Our students and staff will benefit hugely from the new facilities as will the local community.
“We are particularly excited about the opportunities that the new school will offer to work with local groups and employers.”
The construction contract has been awarded to the Kier Group, which will also be working closely with Minns Network Developments who act for the current owners of the whole site and are responsible for overall development.
School chiefs say that the new building will provide excellent facilities for both the students and the local community and is being designed specifically to support excellent community accessibility.
They hope that facilities will include a large café eating area, a performance hall, separate 4-court sports hall, a dance and aerobics studio, a fitness suite and all-weather pitches. It will also be home to the school’s RAF Combined Cadet Force which will enjoy dedicated lecture spaces and storage.