A message from Adrian Ballard, Head of the Sherborne Foundation
I have been working with Dr Greenfield and Mr Hardaker over the past three years to develop the alumni and fundraising activities of the College via my own operation, the Sherborne Foundation.
We have been seeking a project that former students of the College and their parents might support which would help the College progress in its work. So when I was approached to raise funds for the Assembly Hall project outlined below, it seemed the ideal project as it will touch the lives of all of the students every day, whether it be through sport, drama or simply assemblies and presentations. As you can see from the pictures, current conditions are not ideal and this article aims to set out the requirements and explain why we are looking to build this hall.
I hope that you will feel able to support this project. The total cost is £1.2m, but we can achieve this figure if each old scholar and former parent were to give just £8 per month for 3 years.
I look forward to meeting many of you in the near future and talking to you further about this project.
Head of the Sherborne Foundation
For several years we have been considering the construction of a new Assembly Hall which will ensure that the College has a place for all the students to gather under one roof. The current space is unsuitable (see pictures) and there is insufficient space for everyone to have a chair. The acoustics are poor, as is the insulation: in summer, when it is used as an examination room, it is too hot and in winter it is too cold. It was intended as a temporary building and is long overdue for replacement. Some of our students may remember these problems well.
The College would like to build a multi-purpose assembly hall (as shown in the plans below) that will enable all students to gather in one single well-designed space for assemblies, or to perform music and drama, or even play some sport without leaving the College grounds. It will also serve as the College's main examinations hall. It will be well insulated to keep the temperature constant all year round and be a flexible space suitable for its varied uses, with a capacity of 200 for assemblies.
The development will be the final stage of the creation of a compact campus, allowing the students to study, meet and eat all on one site. The architect's impression of how the hall will look is shown below.
The cost of the project, including all of the necessary equipment and ensuring the building blends in with the local area, is expected to be £1.2m.