Headmistress of Benenden School, Samantha Price, recently broke the ground to mark the beginning of work on the School’s multi-million pound improvement plan, called the Centenary Vision.
Launched earlier this year, the Centenary Vision aims to create an array of state-of-the-art new facilities at the School in time for its centenary in 2023.
The first phase of the Centenary Vision is the Perfect Pitch campaign. Estimated to cost £7.2million, Perfect Pitch will encompass:
- An all-weather floodlit sports pitch and pavilion, with an international size lacrosse and hockey pitch and landscaping.
- A redeveloped School Hall, large enough to seat all 550 students and 300 staff and acting as an enhanced concert hall venue and place of worship.
- New staff accommodation, creating up to 10 new family houses, of between three and four bedrooms.
Diggers have arrived on site to start construction work on the all-weather pitch, a project that will cost around £1.7million. The pitch is expected to be ready for use in September 2016.
Mrs Price, who joined Benenden in January 2014, said: “Here at Benenden we offer girls a complete education – academic excellence with an exceptional array of extra-curricular activities.
“Our Centenary Vision is an ambitious development programme which will help us to further improve the complete education we offer girls at Benenden, and to ensure they are getting the very best facilities to support an innovative curriculum to let them succeed in the modern world.
“When the all-weather pitch and the School Hall are completed, we will be delighted to welcome local community groups to share these wonderful facilities. The Centenary Vision is not just an investment in Benenden School but an investment in the community.”
The Centenary Vision was launched in April 2015 by HRH The Princess Royal, who was a Benenden pupil in the 1960s.
Once the Perfect Pitch phase has been completed, the remaining projects of the Centenary Vision include an establishment of a Music School, improved teaching facilities and enhancing the School’s sports centre.
“Here at Benenden we offer girls a complete education – academic excellence with an exceptional array of extra-curricular activities.’
As part of the Centenary Vision, the School is also expanding the Benenden School Trust Award programme, which offers bursaries to girls who would otherwise be unable to afford the fees to experience an outstanding Benenden education. Year six girls from primary schools in a five-mile radius of Benenden are eligible to apply for the bursaries.
The Centenary Vision is being jointly funded by the Benenden School Trust, through School reserves and through fundraising.
More information on the Centenary Vision is available at the Benenden School website.