9 November 2018

Will Gompertz, Arts Editor at the BBC, and former Abingdon School Headmaster Eric Anderson and his wife Poppy and daughter Kate, were the guests of honour at the official opening of Beech Court.

Following the Headmaster’s welcome, Will gave an entertaining address to the assembled boys, staff, governors and friends highlighting the importance of thinking like an artist.

Speaking about the new facility Will said, “Beech Court is a wonderful and important addition to Abingdon’s academic landscape, offering first-class spaces for art, the sixth form, and contemplation: a jewel to be enjoyed and shared with students from schools across the town.” 

Guests also enjoyed tours of the new sixth form centre, library and art department where visiting artist Cynthia Westwood, an outstanding figurative painter, had been teaching oil painting skills.

Before dinner, Will and the Andersons found time to give interviews to the School’s Martlet editorial team; we look forward to reading all about it when the Martlet is published later in the term.

The fantastic new facility was lit up in Abingdon pink with two giant griffens illuminating the walls. It looked stunning both inside and out. Beech Court has quickly become an integral part of the school, offering superb resources for use by the school and the local community. 

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