A key milestone has been reached in a major development at St Dunstan’s College.
Last Friday (2 October) saw the topping out ceremony of a new-build set to incorporate a junior school, STEM block and sixth form centre, the last including a café and independent study area intended to replicate university learning environments.
Originally scheduled to take place earlier in the year, but delayed by coronavirus, the event saw students given a tour of the new facilities by the London school’s bursar, Clair Wilkins, and a team from the developers, Willmott Dixon.
“This represents the most significant redevelopment of our college sites since our foundation in Catford, in 1888,” said headmaster, Nicholas Hewlett.
“I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstan’s education should be ‘ahead of the current time’.”
“As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that, 130 years on, we are creating state-of-the-art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians,” he added.
The bursar was equally effusive in her praise.
“Spending the afternoon with a small group of pupils and senior staff to mark the topping out of our new junior school and STEM building was an absolute delight,” said Wilkins.
“The pupils, who brought a buzz of excitement to the construction site, represented every key stage of the college, from pre-prep to year 13. We can’t wait for our next visit, when hopefully coronavirus restrictions will have been lifted and we can really celebrate this huge achievement.”
The new facilities are scheduled to open in April next year.