15 November 2017
The next phase of a major £3m investment plan for Queenswood School 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 highly popular flexi-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 spaces for all the girls to gather.
The School has already commenced a significant 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 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, ‘All these developments are part of a significant investment plan for the School focused on placing Queenswood at the fore of excellent teaching and learning and on meeting the needs of both our current and future girls and their families.’ She added, ‘Boarding is an important part of school life at Queenswood and the flexi-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.’
The School is committed to ensuring that a Queenswood education is accessible to as many families as possible, including boarding. In support of this, they have held fees at the same level for two years and, from September 2018, they are also introducing a new lower fee structure for Lower School boarding in Years 7 & 8.
Mrs Cameron said, ‘We are evolving and shaping the School to ensure that we continue to provide an individual and personalised education for each of our girls; recognising and celebrating academic excellence alongside a varied and rich co-curricular programme; delivering high academic results and exceptional educational added value, and respecting our history and heritage whilst looking to the future’.
More details about the future plans for Queenswood can be found on the School’s website at http://www.queenswood.org/building-our-future