PLANS to tear down old buildings at St Clare’s College in Summertown to build a six-classroom block have been given the go-ahead.

The work will see a biology laboratory, prep room, lean-to workshop and store, sheds and two greenhouses demolished.

The buildings will be replaced with the six classroom block – which will include science and preparation rooms – a workshop and store.

St Clare’s principal Paula Holloway said: “The buildings were constructed at a time when the college was constrained by resources and they do not meet the needs of the 21st century.

“The new buildings will improve the overall appearance of the area and provide modern, purpose-built facilities for the students.”

She said the Banbury Road college had consulted with neighbours and none had objected.

Oxford City Council’s west area planning committee agreed the Banbury Road scheme. Councillor Van Coulter said: “My impression was this proposal will fit within the area and provide a fit-for-purpose educational establishment.”