SIXTH form students at a Fairford School will be settling into their brand new sixth form area by the end of this year with project due to be completed by the end of December.

Farmor's School's sixth form is undergoing a major refurbishment over the school summer holidays.

Work is currently under way with the finished development planned to be twice the size of the original sixth form area. To coincide with the brand new building, the current sixth form building is also receiving a fresh new look which includes new furnishings, floors and painted walls.

Although sixth formers will be able to enjoy the newly painted and decorated area of their usual sixth form area, they will not be able to expand into their new studying space until the new year.

Head of sixth form Emma White said that the area looks like chaos at the moment: "Decorating and plastering and painting has been done in the original sixth form block but it still all seems a mess. When the mess begins to diminish though, that is when it gets exciting.

"It's all coming along brilliantly and everything is on schedule."

The original sixth form area will be solely a socalising space and the Year 12 and Year 13 students will return in September this year to find it has been completely revamped with new lights, new flooring and fresh paintwork.

Even the old furniture has been discarded to make way for new blue and gold sofas and chairs, in fitting with the school's colours.

The sixth form area will also feature a small cafe selling sandwiches, drinks and some hot food.

The new building will be a dedicated study space and staff have ideas to plan an opening ceremony with a famous face to cut the ribbon to the new sixth form building in 2014.