As our schools continue to grow, we are constantly striving to improve the environment for pupils to thrive. The re-development of our ‘old gym’ built in the 1960’s into a modern, flexible and shared facility for music, drama, dance and assembly facility will be a wonderful addition for our two schools.
Westonbirt Schools have long been known for their outstanding drama productions and musical talent.
Under the inspirational leadership of our current performing arts staff the schools unrivalled productions continue.
As the demand for quality space continues across our two schools, this new facility will provide pupils from 4 years to 18 years more opportunities to build self-esteem. This will encourage pupils to shine and develop in performing, whether that is public speaking, debating, dance, music concerts or live theatre in our ‘sell out’ performances.
The Old Gym at Westonbirt was a fully fitted gymnasium delivered for the school in the 1960s. Following the build of our own £3 million Leisure Centre a few years ago, accommodating a 25m indoor pool, fitness suite and a large indoor sports hall, the ‘old gym’ is now redundant, a perfect framework for redevelopment.
The new performing arts suite will create an environment which encourages teaching, learning and performing in an intimate and fully functional set of rooms. These will include:
The three disciplines of music, drama and dance will come together under one roof for the varied uses of teaching, rehearsals and performances. The opportunity of engaging with external arts groups will provide a greater platform to both our own audiences and a wider public following. The integrated up to date technology will enable our pupils to continue to develop their understanding of the technical challenges offered by modern theatre and musical venues.
Tiered, retractable seating promises to be comfortable and will be remotely controlled to create a 200 seated venue within minutes. A new technical box featuring access for lighting and audio control will be built, with heating, glazing and a new roof installed to complete the renovation. Development of a contemporary foyer will complement the build and house our ‘giving tree’ where donors will be featured on a gold, silver or bronze Camellia Leaf.
Inspired by Sir Robert Holford and his work in the development of the site 100 years ago, we hope it is an area he would be proud to see regenerated into a bustling hive of inspired, passionate and well-motivated activity.
All gifts will be gratefully acknowledged and there are many opportunities to record generous donations through naming rights and our ‘giving tree’.
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