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Advertorial Feature
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New girls’ day and boarding House
“College Lawn” - the latest girls’ boarding house for Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, will open its doors to girls aged 13 – 18 this September.
The College recently acquired
two large Regency houses adjacent to its campus close to the centre of Cheltenham. Plans are well underway to restore
the distinguished Grade II listed buildings, which will also undergo a full internal refurbishment to ensure stylish and contemporary
decor within their Regency architecture.
Headmaster of Cheltenham College, Dr Alex Peterken, said: “We are extremely excited to announce our new boarding House “College Lawn”, in response to the ever increasing demand for girls’ places within our co-educational school. Cheltenham College  rst welcomed girls back in the 1980s and I’m delighted to con rm that our new girls’ boarding House will now bring the ratio of girls to boys to almost 50:50. This fully re ects the commitment to our philosophy that co-education is the optimum teaching and learning environment for young men and women today. Co- education promotes equality and respects diversity; it enables boys and girls to learn to socialise within a normal environment which helps them achieve academically and to be prepared for life beyond College.”
Pictured: Dr Simon Timson of cially opens Fair eld Preparatory School’s new build, alongside Andrew Earnshaw, headmaster
Pioneering new sixth form
£8 million expansion
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Fair eld Preparatory School, Leicestershire, has of cially opened its £8m expansion with a ceremony attended by prestigious alumni and local VIPs.
The new development at Fair eld, part of the Loughborough Endowed Schools, features spacious classrooms equipped with touch screen interactive TVs, a large gymnasium, specialist rooms for arts, crafts, food technology, and a Pre-Prep performance space.
Over 500 pupils will bene t from the extra space, which, combined with a superb range of indoor and outdoor facilities, will enable Fair eld to continue delivering  rst rate teaching to the local area and beyond.
The expansion was needed to cater for the increasing demand
for places in Fair eld’s Pre-Prep (4-7 years) department.
The state-of-the-art facility
was of cially opened by Simon Timson, a former pupil and performance director at the LTA/ British Tennis. VIPs in attendance included the board of governors and the Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood.
Considerable effort has been made to ensure the new
building incorporates a balance
of traditional and innovative technologies to achieve the lowest environmental footprint possible, including the use of rainwater harvesting, heat exchange systems, solar and photovoltaic energy production and passive heating and ventilation systems.
Kings Monkton school in Cardiff has opened the doors of its state- of-the-art sixth form facility, ahead of predicted growth in pupil numbers at the school.
Management at the school
are expecting pupil numbers
to increase following the announcement of the school’s new co-curriculum set to roll out in the school in September.
Alongside the new curriculum structure, the school will extend its offering of A-levels to include 17 additional subjects. Students joining the new sixth form cohort in September will be able to choose from an extensive
new range of A-level subjects including Global Perspectives;
Criminology; Applied Medical Sciences and Performing Arts. Principal, Paul Norton - pictured with Head of Sixth Form Abi Price said: “The new sixth form building is another step forward in our mission to continually build upon the already excellent standards and facilities here at Kings Monkton.”
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