The 600 Campaign is our ambitious fundraising programme to ensure innovative, inspirational and excellent learning environments for our pupils today and in the future.
We don’t just want to update our buildings; we want to build ground-breaking, aspirational, incredible facilities that demonstrate our values as we continue to provide an outstanding education for our pupils. We also want to demonstrate our value in the community and create facilities that can be used by local partners to help them reach their own goals. By working together, and with the incredible support from our community, we have achieved so much.
Please read on to find out more, and what’s coming next…
The Discovery Centre is an innovative £5m 12 laboratory Science & Technology facility. This spectacular building was opened on 2nd October 2015, thanks to investment by government, philanthropists, charitable trusts, businesses and the wider community.
“The Discovery Centre is a magnificent building. It is certainly not just an ordinary science block – I’ve not seen anything else like it in the UK…truly commendable.” Professor Robert Winston
The Discovery Centre opened its doors to students in September 2015, just three years after the 600 Campaign launch. It was opened by Lord Winston and The Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Students are now able to study science in a warm, bright and contemporary science setting, which emulates university and commercial science facilities.
Sport matters. Giving young people a positive sporting experience at school is vital for their development and is the essential foundation for lifelong fitness.
In June 2016 we launched a £3m fundraising campaign to meet the cost of new sports facilities for our 1280 students and community partners. In July 2021 we achieved this goal and have been able to open the doors to our brand new ek robotics Sports Campus in September 2021.
We have an established reputation as a school which nurtures the artistic talents of students, and have produced some noteworthy world class actors and musicians. This is despite having no dedicated rehearsal or performance space – or even any stage curtains.
It is time to do our emerging young artists and artistes justice, and design a multi-use arts, drama, music and dance facility so that we can showcase talent but also provide a much-needed facility to enable us to work closely with other schools and community arts groups.
The third phase of the 600 Campaign – scheduled to launch in 2023 – will endeavour to secure sufficient funding to create this accessible new facility at the heart of the school site.
We are currently conducting a feasibility study in preparation for the Arts Centre project, and are interested in hearing from any individuals or organisations with an interest in or knowledge of the Arts sector. If you would like to hear more or have expertise you’d like to share, please contact Jo Ballantine at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial discussion.