Transformation

TRANSFORMATION

PHASE 2: A TRANSFORMATION IN THE HEART OF THE SCHOOL

We have an ambitious, phased development plan to take Queen Anne’s to new levels of excellence and to prepare our girls for an ever more challenging world.

Now, with the Sixth Form Centre (Phase 1) and the fitness suite completed, we are ready to tackle Phase 2: a transformation of the heart of the school and the creation of brand new facilities for music.

A stunning new entrance and spacious atrium will provide an uplifting central area for the whole school and will transform the experience of parents, girls and visitors as they arrive. The performance areas, particularly the seminar/recital space, will give the school the high quality venues it so badly needs to showcase the breadth and depth of creative talent.

More than this, Phase 2 will give the girls and music staff the facilities they have long deserved. Personally, I am always delighted and feel great pride when I see the girls perform, but they achieve this despite the facilities, particularly the practice rooms. It is wonderful to think what more they could achieve and now, with the new development, we have the opportunity to take music to the next level. But we are going to need your help to make it happen.

Julia Harrington

Headmistress

PHASE 2 VIDEO

THE PROJECT

Seven key benefits

  • A brand new welcome – The impressive and modern entrance will reflect the school’s forward-looking, innovative approach to education.

  • Inspirational surroundings – Visitors will walk straight into the heart of the thriving music school. They will be surrounded by the sound of music practice and rehearsals and the buzz of girls going to and from lessons.

  • Shared spaces – The new atrium will lead to a light and airy café and seating area overlooking the Quad – somewhere for visitors to meet.

  • Performance – A new recital and seminar hall. This will be the conversion of the existing Café Six (and the old gym) and will provide an acoustically-treated venue, not only for music concerts, but also for seminars, debates and other performances. The new music school will also include a beautifully light ensemble space, ideal for smaller recitals.

  • Practice – Purpose-made practice rooms will mean that even the sax players will be able to practise fortissimo without distracting surrounding musicians!

  • Production – The new Mac suite will make music technology attractive and accessible to the whole school. Girls who are not necessarily performers may have a real talent for production.

  • Whole school benefit – This development is going to change school life for all, for the better. Pride in welcoming visitors through the new entrance, inspiration from the music school, a sense of community from the shared social areas, the chance to reach new heights in every aspect of music and a showcase for all the girls’ creative talents.

THE APPEAL

£750,000 to unlock the project

The new music school is a £3M project. We need to raise £750K of this sum.

We have maximised the funds that the school can bring to this challenge, but we are still faced with this critical funding gap which we must fill through fundraising.

THE NEED FOR FUNDRAISING

Queen Anne’s is in a strong position, but we must not stand still: there is still much to be done. The new facilities created over the last decade – including the new Sixth Form Centre – have been achieved without fundraising: we have benefited from astute financial planning and generous loans from the Grey Coat Hospital Foundation. And the school has gone from strength to strength as a result.

However the sheer scope of the new development plan means that we do now need to ask our wider community of parents, past and present, and old girls for their help.

Spread it over time

Many donors are choosing to spread their gift over time – in most cases, four years.  We have allowed for this in our cash flow planning.

‘We need donations from everyone who loves Queen Anne’s music and is passionate about its future.’


CONTACT THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

If you would like to chat about any aspect of development at Queen Anne’s, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Charlotte Wootton in the Development Office at the School:

0118 918 7369
charlotte.wootton@qas.org.uk