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  Investing in the future
The children of the Ursuline Preparatory School, Essex, returned from their break absolutely delighted to see the new school hall completed.
The building of the new school hall has been a lengthy process but has resulted in the provision of a space that will allow the children to ful l their drama and sport activities.
The parents too will bene t, as the spacious construction will enable them to watch their children’s productions and assemblies in comfort. The hall is aesthetically pleasing, having been designed to sit alongside the Grade 2 listed school building.
   The next phase of a major £3m investment plan for Queenswood School, Hertfordshire, is due to begin imminently and involves
an extensive refurbishment of boarding accommodation currently used by pupils in Years 9 to 11. Designed to support the  exi- boarding offer at the School, the existing Middle School boarding houses will be converted into one large house with modern and vibrant living spaces, featuring comfortable and well-equipped facilities and bright communal
Abbey Gate College Infant and Junior School, Cheshire, welcomed the Duke of Westminster to mark the start of construction of their new Foundation and Infant class building.
The Duke of Westminster was accompanied by Trustees of the Grosvenor Estate and members of the Eaton Estate staff who will
be working with the College to bring this project to fruition in the coming months.
The Headmistress of the Infant and Junior School, Mrs Marie Hickey, was presented with an engraved spade by the Duke of Westminster to mark the special occasion (see picture).
The new building will provide three spacious classrooms, two
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spaces for all the girls to gather.
The School has already commenced a signi cant building programme and enhancement of other areas
of the School. These include brand new sporting facilities – the new Queenswood Sports Hall, due
for completion for September 2018, and outdoor netball courts - as well as the creation of the Bellman Sixth Form Centre. This new self-contained study centre provides Queenswood Sixth Formers with their own private, bespoke study bases. A light and
with covered outdoor areas as well as a larger library and space for learning enrichment and pastoral care. The development will also mean space in the main building is created to expand on current facilities such as a dedicated art and design studio, music area, science lab and a more expansive library space.
The development will be made with Welsh blue slate, oak from the Eaton Estate and artisan
brick from a local manufacturer, to help ensure it is in keeping with the character and heritage
of the village. The new building will exceed minimum building regulations and has been designed to minimise heat loss and be energy ef cient.
spacious mezzanine level is now
a well-equipped social space with kitchen and refreshment facilities. The Library has moved to one of the School’s beautiful heritage buildings, Old Pool Hall, which dates back to the 1930’s. This fully renovated and refurbished space
is equipped with IT stations and softly furnished reading areas, as well as many thousands of books, journals, periodicals and DVDs.
Principal, Mrs Jo Cameron, explained,”Boarding is an important part of school life
at Queenswood and the  exi- boarding packages available at the School are particularly sought after. They are designed to provide our girls with further opportunities to enrich their experience: either to enjoy our wide range of after- school activities, to socialise with friends, or simply to reduce time travelling to school every day.
We are particularly keen that our youngest pupils can enjoy this experience right from the very start of their time at Queenswood.”
A £28 million  nance package arranged by the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, has enabled the Foundation to move King’s High School for Girls to a new purpose-built campus where Warwick School (including Warwick Junior School) and Warwick Preparatory School are already based.
building, a new sixth form centre and improvements and extension to the Bridge Sports Centre.
New and improved sports pitches – including 3G and all-weather surfaces – will also be built at the site, and work on the  rst phase is now underway.
King’s High School has occupied its town centre site since it was established in 1879, and that site will be sold as part of the development.
The move, which will take three
years to complete, will see the
creation of a new main school
building, a new shared music
Pictured: Simon Jones of Warwick School with advisors
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