Thursday, 11 August 2022

School defends playing field sale

GILLOTTS School in Henley has defended its plans to sell a playing field for housing.

Speaking at a public meeting at the academy on Tuesday, staff and governors insisted it was the only way to fund vital improvements.

The school wants to sell a 3.4 hectare field on the eastern edge of its estate, which has space for up to 85 houses. It expects to make about £10 million from the sale, which it would spend on new classrooms and sports facilities.

It has applied for the Government’s permission to dispose of the land and is consulting the community as part of that process.

David Gorsuch, chairman of governors, outlined the plans in detail at the meeting and argued the school’s case. He and headteacher Catharine Darnton then answered questions from the audience of about 40 people.

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