A school is celebrating after plans for the next stage of development were given the green light by planning officers.
Oakham School has been given the go-ahead to build a new classroom block in Station Road by Rutland County Council.
Building work will start in mid August and should be finished the following summer. The school is aiming for the classes to be ready for September 2014.
The new block will house the geography, philosophy and religious studies departments. It will also be integrated into the current Merton classroom block to provide a central hub for all of the school’s languages and humanities teaching.
GSS Architecture, which also designed the Merton classroom block, was commissioned to ensure the integration of the buildings.
School bursar Annika Hedrich-Wiggans, who is overseeing the development, said: “This is just phase one of an exciting major development for the school that will provide more state-of-the-art teaching facilities for all of our pupils.”
The second phase of the project, which has also been granted planning permission, is for a new business school.