A NEW £14m school development has moved a step closer.
A 22-acre site has been bought to create a new school in Wynyard, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, which will cater for children from primary through to sixth form.
The private Red House School has bought the land from Cameron Hall Developments and has already secured planning permission for the new site and permission for housing to be built at its existing site in Norton.
Almost 900 pupil placess will be allocated at the new school, with 120 of the places going to a new sixth form facility which is being created on the site.
Vinay Bedi, chair of governors at the school, said: “The purchase of the land at the Wynyard Estate brings Red House another step closer to fulfilling our commitment to relocating the school and simultaneously developing a sixth form for our pupils.
“The new school, which will be located south of the A689, opposite the Wynyard Business Park entrance, will allow our pupils to benefit from state-of-the-art teaching and sports facilities.
“Through the addition of a sixth form, children can continue their learning with us and take advantage of a first class education from the ages of three-19.”
The school has not yet revealed when construction will start on the site, but it will create 18 new jobs when it opens.
Headteacher Alex Taylor said: “At Red House we encourage children to not only achieve their full potential academically, but to excel in all aspects of school life.
“Through sport, music and our wide range of co-curricular activities children are encouraged to develop their individual gifts, talents, skills and knowledge so that they become confident individuals.
“We are proud to provide a warm and caring family environment where teachers, pupils and parents work closely together to create a genuine sense of community.”