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SCHOOLED: Grade II* listed Gerrards Cross building to house new Sixth Form centre

 Published on: 27th November 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Grade II* listed building in Gerrards Cross, which was formerly a Barclays bank branch, is set to become the home of a new private Sixth Form centre.

Westminster House, located on the corner of Packhorse Road and South Park, was converted into office and residential space following the closure of the bank, but has until recently stood vacant.

Now, Buckinghamshire Council has approved an application from Thorpe House, an independent school for boys, to open a new mixed-gender Sixth Form in the building.

In a statement on their website, the school said: “Our Thorpe House community is, by now, well aware that, in our centenary year, we are thrilled to be launching a co-ed Sixth Form.

“We will open with our first cohort of Year 12 students in September 2024 – off-site, in the heart of Gerrards Cross.

“The new Sixth Form will be selective, offering first class Key Stage 5 teaching, with an emphasis on academic achievement, the development of key life skills, leadership and exploration, extended pastoral care and, bespoke and tailored university and careers guidance.”

The building was first listed by Historic England in 1989, having been built between 1911 and 1912. The new plans were approved on Wednesday, November 15.

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