WORK on Oswestry’s first sixth form will begin next month, those behind the project have confirmed.
The Marches School on Morda Road is due to take possession of its neighbouring Fairholme Residential Home as soon as it becomes vacant, with a redevelopment scheme due to commence immediately.
It comes after Shropshire Council’s Cabinet formerly approved the transfer of the site to the school, which is the largest in the county.
Headteacher, Sarah Longville, said the redevelopment will have considerable benefits for both the school and wider community, commenting: “We are delighted with the recent news and we now look forward to progressing with our plans to deliver the school’s vision for the site.”
Describing the acquisition as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity, Arthur Walpole, chairman of governors, added: “This is excellent news and will provide the school with a tremendous opportunity to improve a range of facilities, all of which contribute to the underlying aim of providing the best possible education for the young people in our community.”
l Patients and staff at Fairholme are due to move into a new £6.9 million development on Shrewsbury Road at the start of April.