Staines Prep – Building on success

11 Sep 2012

Staines Prep, as part of its commitment to striving fro excellence, has commissioned a £3m project to build new state-of-the-art teaching and performance facilities at its Gresham Road site.

The development, which started back in April, will be completed by the Spring term 2-13 and is being built by “The Construction partnership”(TCP) working with architects Robert Davies John West Ltd. The project will provide a new full-size bespoke multi-function hal, contemporary changing rooms and toilet facilities, two large fully-equipped classrooms which will be used as the School’s new Art, Design & Technology & Science suites, plus 6 additionalstandard classrooms.

The new hall will incorporate a removable divider and retractable seating, which will allow greater space for sporting activities as well as flexibility to stage larger assemblies and enhance school concerts and theatre productions.

All the new classrooms will feature modern interactive smart-board technology and provide students with bright airy rooms with plenty of space to maximise learning potential.

Headmaster Mr Peter Roberts said “It will be very exciting to see work finally start on what has been a long awaited dream. The new build will allow greater scope in planning teaching and learning activities throughout the School and will be enjoyed by teachers and pupils alike. We also intend these wonderful facilitiesto be available to the local community”

“A great deal of thought and planning has gone into the proposal to ensure that we meet high standards of energy efficiency. This will go some way to ensuring our regular outgoing expenditures are kept to a minimum, whilst acting responsibly within our environment”

Mike Bannister, Chairman of the Board, said “The primary mission of the Governors is continuous improvement in the excellence of the School and these fantastic new facilities will make a significant difference for pupils, parents and staff alike. We are delighted to be working in conjunction with local companies and organisations and are grateful to Spelthorne Borough Council, our immediate neighbours for their help and support.”

The School received ‘outstanding’ reports in its most recent inspection and has grown its pupil numbers by almost 15% in the last 3 years of economic downturn. This reflects the very high quality of its teaching, low average class sizes and its fee level being in the lowest 25% for IAPS schools in the UK.

The project is intended to work in synergy with the School’s ethos and long-term strategy to enhance its curriculum and provide the widest range of opportunites to its pupils. Staines prep is poised to strongly build for the future.