WORK has started on a floodlit artificial sports pitch at Langtree School in Woodcote.
Workers have levelled the area where the £200,000 pitch is to be built and are now building an embankment to protect neighbours from noise.
Over the next few months they will install artificial turf and put up six floodlights on 10m columns.
When it is finished, the 60m by 40m pitch will be used for hockey, cricket, tennis, netball, five-a-side football and tag rugby.
It will also be used by primary schools in and around Woodcote while youth groups, sports teams and businesses will be able to hire it.
The construction, which is being carried out by McArdle Sport-Tec, of Wallingford, was meant to take 12 weeks but is ahead of schedule and could be finished two weeks early.
The school plans to organise an opening ceremony with a community sports tournament in the summer.
Headteacher Rick Holroyd said: ?We?re extremely impressed with the progress McArdle has made.
?It?s a really exciting time because we?ve been waiting so long for this. There?s a real buzz among our pupils.
?Many of our students are members of local sports teams and this will help enormously with our PE
?It will also provide a much-needed community facility and I would encourage anyone thinking of booking the pitch to contact us.?
The school was awarded a £109,000 Sport England grant towards the project in 2013 and secured planning permission last year.
It said it was struggling to teach sport because its playing fields would flood every winter.
The pitch may be used from 9am to 8.30pm during the week, from 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 5pm on Sundays.