DEVELOPMENT: CREATING TOMORROW
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.
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.
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
In 2014 the school created a Development Board 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.
Under the first Chair, Sue Laing, the Board worked tirelessly on the “Music and the Heart of the School” appeal, helping it raise more than £530,000. At the end of the summer term 2018, Sue and a number of other founder Board members reached the end of their term. The school is enormously grateful for all of their help.
Development Board members:
- Chair: Margaret Corbally (alumna)
- Julia Harrington, Headmistress
- Edward Hellings, Director of Finance and Administration
- Charlotte Wootton, Development Office representative and past parent
- James Underhill, Development Consultant
- Sue Laing, past parent
- Beth Butterwick, current parent
- Marisa Bucknall, current parent
- Tim Green, current parent
- Tim Jones, past parent
- Chris Khoo, past parent
- Ric Kipling, current parent
- Sarah Pavey, current parent
- Lauren Troake, Governor and 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 (2014-2018)
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