Beech Court opened its doors at the start of the 2018/19 academic year. Situated in the centre of the school campus, between Greening Court and the café and Jekyll garden, the three-storey development houses a new Sixth Form Centre, the Art department and library. Beech Court provides a modern, spacious environment designed to inspire creativity and assist learning.
Sixth Form Centre
Placed at the heart of the school, the Sixth Form Centre occupies the ground floor of Beech Court with open plan social learning spaces, relaxed seating, social and private study areas, a collaborative working area, meeting room, outside seating and an “innovation room” to encourage ‘free-thinking’.
The space is dynamic and can be adapted to students’ needs. The new Centre is designed to mark the transition from Middle School to Sixth Form where students have more independence, take on more responsibility for their own learning and enjoy a relationship with the school and staff that more closely resembles university education. The careers office, UCAS facilities and sixth form staff are all based in Beech Court and the building’s design and layout provides easy access to these and the library. The Centre is also in close proximity to the café, sports centre, science block and art and drama facilities.
The new library is quite a contrast to our previous library which was housed in the original Victorian school room. The bright, open plan first floor of Beech Court is an exciting space to explore with areas for reading for pleasure, quiet group work and silent study all acoustically designed and with sound baffling, modern, ergonomic furniture. WiFi is fully integrated throughout the building so there’s no need for specific ICT spaces and we hope the light, airy surroundings create a calm atmosphere, conducive to learning.
The library team and careers office are easily accessible and the design is aimed to maximise student-friendly space and to encourage independent learning in a university style facility.
Artists welcome a range of fantastic new facilities in a huge expansion of the School’s art space. The top floor of Beech Court is home to a new kiln room, dark room, ceramics studio, sixth form studio, exhibition space, external balcony for outside study and purpose built art rooms. The facilities are an inspiration for artists.
Refurbishment of Existing Facilities
The opening of Beech Court and rehousing of the library, Sixth Form and Art department makes way for improved facilities for Modern Foreign Languages, English, Music, Drama, DT, Maths, Religious Studies and Economics and Business. Lower School also benefits from increased and refurbished space including new, light and airy social and games rooms. The Headmaster’s office has relocated into Big School from Mercers’ Court.