Development of New Performing Arts Centre
At the end of January, work will commence on the new Performing Arts Centre with the expectation that the facility will be in full use by the start of the second half of the Autumn term 2014. This is a really exciting development which will be of massive benefit to the SES pupils.
There are three distinct phases to the project. The first is the refurbishment of Stamford School Hall to produce a performance space for SES. The stage is being removed and retractable benching and a lighting rig and sound system are being installed. In addition the balcony is being re-tiered and this and the changes to the seating will increase the capacity of the hall. Less visible will be the upgrade to the electrical and heating systems of the building.
The refurbishment of the old Stamford School gymnasium is the major part of the project. There will be an extension built on the east side of the building and most of the ground floor, which were previously changing rooms, will be used for the teaching of drama across the year groups including Theatre Studies A-level. Upstairs in the old gym there will be a black box performing space for small plays and music concerts with larger productions being in the Hall.
This is a very exciting project and will enhance the facilities for two flourishing areas of the Endowed Schools – music and drama. This term is particularly busy for these departments with a large number of concerts at the High School and the main school play ‘A Servant to Two Masters’ at the Corn Exchange. In future plays and concerts will be held in these new facilities.
Stephen Roberts, Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, said: “The funds raised through the Campaign for Stamford have been instrumental in making the Performing Arts Centre possible and I am very grateful to all our donors. Fund-raising continues so that the internal fittings such as light and sound systems, for example, can be upgraded, the Hall extension at the Junior School can be progressed and the provision of bursaries increased.”