Why do we need a Performing Arts Centre?
A message from our Campaign Ambassador Edward Bennett
"I visited the School in 2012 to watch a production of Twelfth Night. There was so much talent on the stage, but I felt incredibly sad because I could not hear or see the actors properly. There was a constant noise coming from the School kitchen, and I thought ‘’this just isn’t on,’’ the students and staff deserve better. The drama studios have not changed since I was at the School, but there are hundreds more students. It’s time for change. By building a Performing Arts Centre, with quality facilities, we will encourage and inspire so many young people to gain vital skills that will last a lifetime; confidence, creativity, communication and collaboration. The School has already raised a substantial sum through selling some land. This money covers the cost of the basic build. It will not fund the high-quality resources and equipment required to create an inspirational and flexible space. We can only do this with your help. We want to build a state-of-art centre that will be enjoyed, used and valued by the School and the community for generations. Please give whatever you can. Thank you."
Edward Bennett - Campaign Ambassador and alumnus
There is insufficient teaching space for the size of our School and the most pressing need is to address our outdated performing arts facilities; they are fragmented and not fit for purpose. This need is evident to our students, staff, parents and visitors.
The benefits of building a Performance Arts Centre are manifold. Doing nothing is not an option.
We with your help we can:
- Deliver the space and facilities students need to thrive and enjoy learning and performing
- Provide a focal creative hub for Drama, Music, Dance and Art
- Encourage more students to take part in performing arts
- Release teaching space for other departments, easing the congestion problem
- Provide a fantastic new facility for the whole community to enjoy
Watch our compelling video created by two talented sixth formers demonstrating the importance of the performing arts and the need for a creative space.