Transforming the Assembly Hall: how you can get involved

Do you have creative flair, organisational skills, fundraising or events management know-how or experience in community and corporate engagement? If so, the school needs you! We are setting up a steering group to run a major campaign over the next year to transform the Assembly Hall into a world class performance space for our school and the wider community.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has already given us £110,000 to help us get going. They will give us another £650,000 in a year’s time, but… we have to raise £1.3 million ourselves to qualify. We are hoping that most of this money will come initially from trusts and foundations and a small number of extremely generous donors. After that, we will broaden the appeal to involve the whole community.

We already have a lot of interest from the press, local businesses and community groups as well as cultural and heritage bodies including our very own resident orchestra the OAE. What we need now is a committed group of volunteers to drive things forward. If you're interested or know someone in the wider community who you think we should be contacting, then please do let us know as soon as possible.  

The hall was originally intended to be a community space, hence being set apart from the main school. The Heritage Fund love the idea of restoring this space to its original function and beauty, and also creating the UK's first ever Museum of Brutalist Architecture (or MoBA) here. All these projects will involve our students both in the planning and the enjoyment.

If you would like to get involved or to find out more, please email Celia at and not on the email address published in the latest bulletin.

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