Deal for Rugby School to buy neighbouring Bishop Wulsan site

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RUGBY School has bought a school that was forced to close due to dwindling numbers.

Contracts on the purchase of 3.4 acre Bishop Wulstan site that borders Rugby School have been exchanged.

Formerly a Roman Catholic secondary school, which closed in July 2007 due to falling numbers, the site will give Rugby School an extra 3,000sq m of teaching space.

The site, owned by The Diocese Schools Commission, includes a three-storey Pugin-style building with a modern sports hall to the east.

It will now become the sixth form centre of the school and provide new accommodation for the economics, business studies, politics and philosophy departments as well as a careers centre, library and study area.

There will also be a sixth form social centre.

Head Master, Patrick Derham said: “Rugby School has a fine tradition of making its facilities available to the local community, with many primary and secondary schools, as well as clubs and societies, enjoying our existing facilities.”

“I am delighted to say this provision can now be extended,” he added.

Renovation will begin shortly and it is hoped to open the first phase of the new site for the start of the September 2013 term.