09 November 2018
Official opening of the Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre.
Yesterday we officially opened the new Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre.
The new buildings were opened by Sir William Castell, LVO, FMedSci, and former chairman of the Wellcome Trust, with Katy Ricks, Nicholas Gould (Chair of Governors) and Robert Sackville-West (Chair of Sevenoaks School Foundation) also speaking. We also welcomed the Mayor of Sevenoaks, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent and representatives from Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce and Sevenoaks Council, along with other visitors.
These buildings would not have been possible without the collective generosity of parents and Old Sennockians to the Campaign for Sevenoaks School.
The new buildings put Science and Technology at the heart of the school and are designed to foster curiosity, experimentation and innovation. The Global Study Centre brings Higher Education, the Sixth Form study and social areas and the Sixth Form pastoral staff into the same space for the first time.
The stunning new space will also host local educational activities with primary schools, including a robotics day and a primary school conference. It will be central to sharing Sevenoaks School’s global expertise and scientific resources with the local community in an open learning environment that aims to encourage people to look, think and experiment.
This would not have been possible without a thriving culture of philanthropy and support throughout the school community. The Head, Governors and Foundation Trustees wish to sincerely thank all those who have given financial support to the project.
Katy Ricks said: “This is a vision that has been a long time in the making and the planning, which this term has come to fruition. However much imagination one has, the reality supersedes it quite wonderfully. As you look around this magnificent atrium and see some of the 20 labs in this building, you see science education in action. The transparency and light, as well as these open spaces for discussion, collaboration and study, have brought to our students and our teachers a new dimension.”