New sports hall for school

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | Education | Published:

A school has invested £1 million for a new sports hall development.

Headmaster Julian Noad cuts the first sod with Neil and Keith Morris from J M Contractors overseen by David Jones, Oswestry School estates manager and Phil Bowd, bursar.

Oswestry School is celebrating 610 years in existence but said it will never stand still nor rest on its laurels.

The first turf for the building of the new hall was cut last week.

It is being built on the site of the current tennis courts and will provide two, side-by- side indoor

netball/tennis courts with provision for six cricket lanes and a full size basketball court. A climbing wall will be build on the outside of the high tensile fabric hall supplied by specialise construction company SMC2.

Headmaster, Mr Julian Noad, said that timber from a sustainable source, rather than steel was being used for the structure to complement the school’s ‘green’ ethos.

"To add to its eco-credentials the structure will be translucent thus reducing the need for lights during daylight hours. However, when lights are needed they will be powered by a state-of- the-art LED

lighting system to reduce the amount of power required."

In the three years since Mr Noad took the reins in September 2014 there have been many changes. "The science department has been extended and renovated and converted into a suite of six modern science laboratories, a new junior art room was created to bring together the art and technology faculty under one creative roof, boarding accommodation has been updated and a new computing room, staff room and three administrative offices have bee created," he said.

"The dining hall extension has just been completed allowing for greater seating capacity and a more spacious and more relaxed dining experience. It will also allow for functions and outside dining, all with wonderful views across the Shropshire plains."

“The new sports hall will support our drive to improve the quality of our sports provision, notably for the girls. Our pupils will be able to train and compete in all weathers and for a greater part of each day. We have a good number of elite sportswomen and men, many enjoying scholarship programmes which will be much enhanced by this indoor facility. The bright and vibrant indoor space will help make sport more attractive to more pupils and fits within our philosophy of health and wellbeing for all.”

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.


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