The school is committed to providing first class facilities for all our girls and we are extremely fortunate to have supportive parents, governors and consultants to help us achieve our ambitions. After a long consultation and planning period we are pleased to see that the first stages of construction have begun. Demolishing the old to pave the way for new specialist classrooms started on Monday 10th December.
Summary of plans:
New STE(A)M Facility: A brand new facility will be erected to house specialist laboratories for the teaching of Science all fitted with the most up-to-date equipment and educational technology. This will be located on the site of the Cedar Building which will be demolished. In addition to this there will be a complete refurbishment of an older building to house new Maths and IT classrooms.
Workshop spaces for Art, Graphics and Textiles are also being created to bring the creative arts within the school into closer harmony with Science, Technology and Maths.
Re-provision of Junior House: With its lovely views across the front lawn, the current Science block will be completely re-appointed in order to provide dedicated teaching space for our Junior House pupils, bringing them closer to the heart of the school. Each class will have direct access to outdoor green space. In addition, the free play areas for Early Years will be improved and upgraded.
In a subsequent development phase, we are also looking at including within the new complex the possibility of dedicated spaces for Performing Arts studies, including a Dance and Drama studio.
The school is committed to providing first class facilities for all our girls and we are extremely fortunate to have supportive parents, governors and consultants to help us achieve our ambitions.
We are very pleased to be able to announce that the majority of the redevelopment work in Phases 1, 2 and 3 is now complete.
In June 2019 we started teaching in our four new Science laboratories and celebrated their opening with an amazing science fair [link] at the end of June.
Over the summer, work continued apace to ensure Junior House was built afresh and staff and girls are loving the new surroundings with its easy access to green space and fresh, bright feeling. The girls and staff are enjoying being much more in the heart of the school (especially being closer to the dining room at lunch time!) and love their new space.
In September, our refurbished Rose Cottage space re-opened. New Graphics, Fine Art and Textiles studios sit alongside a new IT suite and share a courtyard with our brand new Maths classrooms. By bringing STEM and the Arts together in this way, we know there will be much cross-fertilisation of ideas and a real STEAM experience for the girls showcasing the equal importance Westfield puts on creativity and STEM.
Groundworks still continue externally as we wait for the ground to settle so that it can be fully utilised. In the meantime, our Forest School facilities are taking shape with dedicated areas for wildlife, den-building and other activities now in place.”