A NEW lower school building at Shiplake College has been opened.
Dozens of pupils, parents and teachers attended the official ceremony on Friday.
Simon Cane Hardy, the college?s previous head of lower school, returned from his new job as a housemaster at Pangbourne College to unveil a plaque.
A group of 16 pupils from the lower school?s first intake, who are now in year 10, cut the ribbon.
Twelve year 7 students played a brass fanfare composed by the college?s director of music Paul Jones.
The £300,000 centre, which was completed in September, houses up to 50 day pupils in years 7 and 8.
It has a kitchen, two study rooms for each year group and a day room with a small library and computers.
The college opened its lower school in a disused sixth-form girls? house in 2009. It started with just 18 pupils but has more than doubled in size.
The new building is an extension of the college?s old music block. Its footprint has doubled to 300 sqft and it has an extra storey.
Headmaster Gregg Davies said: ?Since we opened lower school there has been a marked improvement in the academic skills required for GCSEs.
?The boys are academically better equipped for exam courses than many who arrive at Shiplake from elsewhere.?
The college now has almost 400 pupils aged 11 to 18, including both boys and girls in the sixth form.