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 House restored to former glory
Robert Pearce House, the Bishop’s Stortford College, Hertfordshire, building devastated by  re in September 2015 has re-opened its doors to pupils and parents.
The newly renovated boys’ day and boarding house, which is currently home to 48 boarders and 17 day pupils, boasts both
a welcoming and a nostalgic atmosphere, combining memories of the past with new state of the art facilities. On moving in last month (January), the boarders were delighted to discover all their bedrooms featured en suite facilities and everyone found the study areas well equipped with desks, secure device storage, charging points and power sockets and the common rooms great spaces for the boys to relax and wind down.
The re-opening of Robert Pearce House was an emotionally charged occasion for all. Some of the boys had been resident during the  re and during the renovation period the boys and House Parents had to make ‘home’ three different temporary
accommodations so to  nally move back was not only a relief but also tremendously exciting.
Jeremy Gladwin, Headmaster, said, “On a personal level,
having been one of the  rst
on the scene dealing with the devastating  re that destroyed most of the original building it was sheer joy to see the delight on the boys’ faces as they walked over the threshold at the start
of term. I am thrilled that we have been able to retain the original facade on the Maze Green Road, an aspect of the building generations of pupils will recognise as the house they know and love. The common room is also a replica of the original and honour boards and pictures that were rescued from the original building take pride of place in the entrance hall and on the walls. Whilst retaining such reminders of the past, the new house is more spacious and, with en suite rooms throughout, a wonderful addition to our top class modern boarding facilities at the College.”
   Sixth form centre redevelopment
Ashville College, Yorkshire, is redeveloping its Sixth Form Centre. The scheme costing half a million pounds, will commence in April 2018 and will be completed by September.
Adding an additional 100 sq m
to the Centre, the bene ts the work will bring to pupils, and staff alike, include a new all day café dining area; a creative and  exible environment to encourage collaborative learning; new private
study areas and new seminar and meeting rooms.
Alongside the additional space, the existing Centre will be refurbished with a new modern scheme.
Richard Marshall, Headmaster, said: “The investment in our
Sixth Form Centre follows that
of a £3.8m refurbishment of
our Sports Centre and a £2m refurbishment of the Soothill
Hall – bringing our facilities up to modern day standards”.
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