School wants to go forward as one

A10 Week 53'MCBH'DP'Dedication of the Thame Youth Memorial Garden at Upper High Street in Thame - pictured is David Wybron- head teacher of Lord Williams School
A10 Week 53'MCBH'DP'Dedication of the Thame Youth Memorial Garden at Upper High Street in Thame - pictured is David Wybron- head teacher of Lord Williams School

LORD Williams’s School has reiterated its desire to merge its two separate sites into one ... as long as it fits in with the Core Strategy for Thame.

An educational plot has been set aside on Site F and the school is keen to make use of this by selling the lower school, which sits over a mile away from the upper site, for property development.

Mr Wybron hopes that such a move would solve their commuting problems and would have a number of educational benefits.

Head teacher David Wybron said: “We are excited here because it is a unique opportunity in terms of the school.

“If we can move it to one site it has so many educational benefits so we hope the school will be considered during the planning process so that this vision can become a reality.”

At the moment teachers have to commute a mile and a half between lessens and there is limited interaction between pupils at the separate sites.

But the head is aware there is still a long way to go until this becomes reality as it is reliant on decisions made by South Oxfordshire District Council.

He said: “We have been given approval from Oxfordshire District Council but the issue is how the Towersey Road site is located with the housing plans and so SODC hold the key really.”

Regardless, the Upper School will still expand next year with the addition of the Skills Centre, which will be built next to the design and technology unit.

This will give the school a facility to be able to teach subjects such as engineering and construction.

Pupils doing those courses at the moment are having to travel to places like Oxford and Bicester but won’t have to come September.

Mr Wybron added: “This will allow us to do a range of vocational courses on site.”