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Oswestry School Developments

While many schools make the most of the summer holidays to carry out essential repairs, this year we used these few, short weeks to accomplish substantial developments to existing buildings and facilities around the site.

The largest project saw four existing classrooms, along with the staff room, converted into a suite of six modern science laboratories. To achieve this the building was laid completely bare and a team of contractors brought in to renew all the services including two new central heating boilers and LED lighting throughout. Specialist teams fitted the interactive projectors and fixtures in readiness for the start of term.

In the same building a new junior art room has been created to bring together the art and technology faculty under one creative roof.

The former science block underwent a complete overhaul to create a new Computing classroom, staff room and three administrative offices. The building received new insulation, double glazed windows and central heating upgrades and was clad with cedar giving the structure a distinctive beauty and durability that will fade to a soft, silvery grey in the future.

Changes were also afoot in the junior boys’ boarding house, School House. Houseparent accommodation was relocated to the attic space within the building and this enabled twelve new boarding bed spaces to be created over four rooms. These bedrooms have been fitted out with new modern furniture complete with USB charging points. New central heating boilers have ensured that all bedrooms in the House are warm and cozy spaces for the boys. A further shower room has also been created and all bathrooms now benefit from an instantaneous hot water system.

Girls boarding also received a make-over. One dormitory in Guinevere House was refurbished with new beds and furniture and if the girls enjoy the space this change will be rolled out to the remainder of the house in due course.

Less extensive improvements, but important nonetheless, has seen a heating upgrade for the Chapel and a secure, outdoor area for adventure education equipment such as kayaks and canoes.