A COTSWOLD school's ambitious plan to build a state-of-the-art new performing arts centre has moved a step closer.

Chipping Campden School’s ambitious plan to build a state-of-the-art centre is now set to become a reality after Duchy Homes became the preferred partner in developing the scheme.

It is set to deliver 13 high quality new Keyworker Homes for the School Housing Association and 24 luxury homes for private sale.

The Duchy Homes development will deliver the first phase of funding to enable construction to begin of the Performing Arts Centre, planned to commence in the autumn.

The state-of-the-art purpose built venue will seat over 300 people and be able to host performances including music, dance, film and theatre, as well as housing three additional classrooms, a drama studio and an outdoor amphitheatre.

John Sanderson, Chipping Campden School principal, said: “We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with Duchy Homes who clearly understand what an important venture this is for the school and the town.

"Investing in the creative arts is vital to our mission of providing a fully comprehensive education to all our students.”

Steve Hird, managing director of Duchy Homes, added: “At the heart of our business is a commitment not just to build superb homes but to develop communities.

"Partnering with Chipping Campden School and the Housing Association on such an important project as the Performing Arts Centre will enable us to deliver on this commitment.”