STFS New Site Development - 29th April 2015
Sir Thomas Fremantle School are very pleased to confirm that, subject to receiving satisfactory planning approval, they have now acquired land for the construction of their new school site. The land, to the north of the town and adjacent to the Buckingham road was identified within the Winslow neighbourhood plan. This extensive site will eventually 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.
The construction contract has been awarded to the Kier Group, a large national construction group with extensive experience of providing high quality educational facilities across the UK. Kier 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.
Subject to planning approval, opening is scheduled for Summer Term 2017 with the school eventually becoming home to 600 local students from 11 to 19.
The building will provide excellent facilities for both the students and the local community and is being designed specifically to support excellent community accessibility. Whilst design is still in the early stages, it is hoped 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.
Grass pitches will remain off-site with the school sharing existing local facilities.
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.