Queen Anne’s Celebrate ‘The Space’ Opening

Tuesday 27th September 2016


Friday 23 September was a day of celebration at Queen Anne’s in Caversham as ‘The Space’, the school’s new state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre and dedicated Restaurant was officially unveiled.

Sixth Form Centre

Joining pupils, parents, staff and the building’s architects, Lewandowski, at the grand opening were special guests Vice Admiral Peter Dunt CB, DL, Chair of Queen Anne’s Governors, and Queen Anne’s Alumna and Olympic Silver Medallist in the Rowing Women’s Eight at Rio 2016, Olivia Carnegie-Brown.

Guests were treated to guided tours of ‘The Space’ by Sixth Form students, before the official unveiling, which was led by Vice Admiral Peter Dunt. Vice Admiral Dunt spoke about the hard work that has gone into the 15-month building project and the future plans for the school. The opening of ‘The Space’ marked the successful completion of Phase 1 of the school’s development plan.  It was therefore the perfect opportunity for the launch of Phase 2, “Music and the Heart of the School”. Vice Admiral Dunt explained to guests how this exciting transformation of the school would only be possible with the support of all our friends.  A giant thermometer showed that we had already raised over £280,000 of the £750,000 target. Over the last week this has risen to nearly £330,000!  Current parents, former parents and old girls have already made generous donations, with naming rooms proving popular.


Large crowds then gathered inside to watch Silver Olympic medallist, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, with help from the school’s Head and Deputy Head Girls, open Kristoff’s at Café 6.

Speaking about the day, Headmistress, Mrs Julia Harrington said,

“Today is a real celebration for the school as we officially unveil ‘The Space’. We are delighted to have our Chair of Governors present to witness such a wonderful occasion in the life of the school and to welcome back Olivia to open our new Café 6, following her fantastic achievement at the Rio 2016 Olympics. It has been exciting to watch the project develop and I would like to say thank you to the architects, Lewandowski, and to everyone involved in making ‘The Space’ such a success.”

Alongside a modern restaurant for all pupils and staff, ‘The Space’ is home to the Digital Learning Space, a new digital library featuring innovative learning pods, and a café area called Kristoff’s at Café 6. The upper floor contains themed breakout rooms, designed by the students themselves, and digitally enhanced seminar and teaching rooms to facilitate collaborative learning for our Sixth Form students.

Talking about ‘The Space’ and the inspiration for the building, Mrs Harrington said, 

“We wanted a Sixth Form Centre that would provide the girls with a new way of looking at their learning – a creative, without bounds space where they can develop their own way of looking at their personal development and plan their futures from an environment that linked them to life at university and the world at work.

 The new building also needed to fit into a space which combined the boarding accommodation and its surrounding green spaces, the sports centre and the performing arts centre – living, working and fitness of body and mind.

 Lewandowski (the architects) took this uniformed idea and developed it into a vision that has brilliantly given us ‘the space’ that we need to achieve our aims whilst linking the building to the surrounding buildings and forming the heart of the school.”

Click here to view a selection of photographs from the opening of ‘The Space’