Building Towards 2020
I am writing to advise you of our current thinking about our facilities at Abingdon. I must emphasise that our plans are very much in the early stages and by no means firm.
The Governors have undertaken a strategic review of the use of the whole Abingdon School site and have identified opportunities for significant enhancement over the next decade and beyond. We have examined how we currently use space and the areas which need improvement and expansion, with the intention of improving the quality of our facilities overall to a standard appropriate for educating our pupils in the twenty first century.
Our first priority is to build a new Science School. Some of our current science facilities are in need of updating and we would prefer permanent facilities rather than the temporary laboratories we are currently using. Science is extremely popular at Abingdon and it would be a tremendous asset to the School to have a purpose-built Science School. This new-build would necessitate moving Science from its present accommodation which, in turn, would open up considerable space for the refurbishment and enhancement of the Science School.
It is envisaged that the refurbished Science School and Little School will, in due course, become the heart of the School, possibly providing classrooms, additional houserooms and admin facilities. Beech Court and the two day houses alongside are also likely to be replaced at some stage.
In our review of the school site, we have looked at the needs of the whole school for the next generation of Abingdonians and beyond so that we may plan efficiently rather than improve the facilities in a piecemeal way. To date, a strategic review, a full consultation with SLT and key staff and a conservation appraisal of the area have all been undertaken. Preliminary meetings have been held with the Local Authority and we have begun the consultation process with the School's neighbours.
It is not possible to put a timescale on these changes, including the Science School, as yet but I will keep you informed of progress. Abingdon is entering a very exciting period of its development, building on its strong success and traditions over the centuries. We are very encouraged by the possibilities and look forward to keeping you fully informed as the plans take shape.