An independent school in Shropshire is looking forward to its next steps with an investment of £500,000 being made to extend its senior school.
Birchfield School, which currently educates boys and girls aged four to 13, will welcome children up to the age of 16 from September 2021.
The school has become part of the St Philips Education group, which also owns St Dominic’s Grammar School in Brewood.
Co-owner of the group Gary Hartland said: “We are delighted to be providing a sound financial platform for the headmistress and her staff to continue offering excellent education across academic, sporting and so many other areas of school life.”
Next year Birchfield School will welcome pupils in year 9, offering a three-year GCSE programme. The transformation will see new science and sports facilities built, and the senior school department extended.
Headmistress Sarah Morris said the senior part of the school would be housed in the traditional setting of the main schoolhouse with modern facilities.
“We are proud of our independent status, and the opportunity for pupils to continue their education up to year 11 and GCSE allows the school to draw upon its subject specialists to build upon further success,” said Morris.