Pupils at St Leonards-Mayfield School have returned from the summer holiday to find plans for a new Sixth Form Centre waiting for them, and it won’t be long before they can make the most of this new facility: work will begin on the Centre before Christmas and the doors will open in September 2013.
Bright World partrner school, St Leonards, Mayfield has gained Planning permission for the new Centre – the first in the School’s history. Permission was granted last June, since when the School has worked with London architect Pitman Tozer to transform outline plans into a detailed design.
The Sixth Form Centre will be constructed in one of the School’s beautiful Grade I Listed buildings and is designed to cater for the specific academic and social needs of senior pupils. All the School’s A-Level students will be brought together in an integrated space – which will include a lecture
room, digital learning suite, small-group seminar rooms, independent study chambers, an exhibition foyer and more.
The project will cost about £900,000, and follows a period of significant investment in other new facilities at the School’s Old Palace site, including a Textiles Department, ICT Suite and Fitness Room.
Headmistress, Antonia Beary commented: “The School is approaching a significant landmark. In 2013 it will be 150 years since the founder of the School was gifted this estate in Mayfield and began the process of rebuilding and renewal which saw the School rise from the ruins of The Old Palace. While we retain a strong sense of pride in our history, we are conscious that a school with vision uses its heritage to construct the best possible future for its pupils. That is precisely what we are doing with the Sixth Form Centre and other new facilities.”