Development has been at the very heart of Queen Anne’s for over 130 years. It was the founding principle of the Grey Coat Foundation, set up at the end of the 17th Century, when eight merchants gathered together and dedicated their time, money and business acumen to the foundation of a pioneering school that not only taught its pupils but also ensured that they were prepared for life after school. Today, Queen Anne’s is one of the five Foundation Schools that are following their principles today.
As one of the oldest girls schools in the country we have led, and continue to lead, with our innovative approaches to teaching and our state-of-the-art buildings and facilities , preparing our girls for life outside the school gates and underpinning our key aim: to provide excellence in education.
In recent years we have invested significantly: The Space (Sixth Form Centre), the Muriel Library, the Morgan Sports Centre and the science block are just a few of the physical changes that have already taken place. There have been the changes in the way the girls have learnt too, epitomised today by the ground-breaking BrainCanDo project.
However no school can stand still and as ever we are looking ahead. We are ambitious and focusing on the future. We must continue to offer girls an education that prepares them for a rapidly-changing and ever more competitive world. We must enable our pupils to reach their full potential and compete in all fields – academic, sport and the arts.
With this in mind, we have developed an ambitious, wide-reaching vision which covers nearly every aspect of the school. In 2014 the school created a Development Board, chaired by Sue Laing, a past parent, and comprises senior school staff, governors, current and past parents and old girls.
The Board’s objective is to advise and prioritise, shape and communicate and importantly implement the school’s investment and fundraising strategies, working with the Governors and management of the school. In 2015 we appointed our first Development Officer, Charlotte Wootton, a past parent. Charlotte will be running the office on a day to day basis and be the first point of contact for our supporters.
The Development Board are delighted to be part of these exciting plans and to be actively fundraising to protect our history and embrace the future. We will be keeping everyone updated on the specific projects currently being planned.
THE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
The Board’s objective is to advise and prioritise, shape and communicate and importantly implement the school’s investment and fundraising strategies, working with the Governors and management of the school.
Development Board members:
- Julia Harrington, Headmistress
- Edward Hellings, Director of Finance and Administration
- Charlotte Wootton, Development Officer and past parent
- James Underhill, Development Consultant
- Sue Laing, Chair of the Development Board and past parent
- Marisa Bucknall, current parent
- Margaret Corbally, old girl
- Micky Denehy, past parent
- Tim Green, current parent
- Mark Hamilton-Bowker, current parent
- Tim Jones, past parent
- Sarah Pavey, current parent
- Lauren Troake, Governor and past parent
- Glenn Turner, current parent
- Gill Turner, current parent
- Chris Khoo, past parent
‘I believe great school development needs leadership – people who love the school and are committed to leading the way in the creation of a culture of support.’ Sue Laing, Chair of the Development Board
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 or Jo Sunderland in the Development Office at the School:
0118 918 7369