New and improved facilities at the school include a new teaching block consisting of 12 classrooms – each equipped with its own Smartboard – a theatre, domestic science and dining room, academic resource centre and Duke of Edinburgh centre.
“I am very pleased with the how the term has begun,” commented headteacher, Mr Redsell. “All the planning and development work of the summer is now coming to fruition.”
With the new developments and additional teaching rooms, the whole site has been renamed and each area has been assigned a London Tube Station name. So business is now taught in Baker Street, art in Westminster and domestic science in Covent Garden.
The new academic resource centre (known as the ARC) has been kitted out with 64 new computers and will allow students to enjoy the new ICT curriculum.
A new domestic science and dining room has been developed with headmaster Mr Sutton keen that every student leave Buckswood being able to make spaghetti bolognese. “At Buckswood the school motto is ‘we prepare for life’ and I am excited to be able to offer students the chance to learn to fend for themselves. With half of our students being boarders, without some of the skills our day students perfect at home, the domestic science room will be an excellent facility for classes and weekend activities and the dining room will be the perfect place to hone ‘silver service’ skills and practice the art of being sommelier, pouring our school wine that we produce on our vineyard here at school”.
Traditional British manners are an important part of a Buckswood education and the whole school enjoy family-style dining and learn the finer points of table etiquette at every serving in the dining hall.
The school will be throwing open its doors and welcoming everyone to come and see the new facilities on Saturday 8 November from 10am. School open days are a great way to find out what goes on behind the gates on Guestling Hill – it’s bigger than you think…
For more information, call the school on 01424 813813.