10 year vision

The Centre for Learning will provide a multi-purpose, innovative learning space, facilitating independent learning through the provision of spaces where girls can work independently or collaboratively in the new learning resources centre. It will provide a state-of-the-art 250 seat auditorium to enhance the enrichment programme and provide a space for recitals, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and performances as well as curriculum teaching. 

Seminar rooms will provide the much needed space for small group learning, discussions and tutorials. The entrance foyer will be a welcoming open gallery space, and the learning café and school shop a place for the whole community to enjoy relaxed learning.

As well as architectural excellence, the Centre for Learning will meet BREEAM excellence by being a highly sustainable building. The building will have naturally ventilated spaces to reduce the demand for energy use, and natural daylight will be used wherever reasonably practical. The thermally efficient building envelope system will use low carbon energy sources for heating, and systems will be considered for harvesting rainwater.

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Emma McKendrick"In an ever and fast-changing world, Downe House strives to provide girls with an excellent holistic education which will equips them with the knowledge and skills, as well as the self-confidence, to play a full and positive part as global citizens and women ready for an international workplace.

It is my belief that this remarkable new Centre for Learning will be transformational for Downe House and will help us to provide the opportunities to achieve this aim. This undertaking will cost £6.5 million and we are looking for leadership gifts to take us to this target.

The Centre for Learning will benefit every girl and give the campus the focal point it has long needed, as well as the School its biggest ever fundraising challenge. I hope you may consider being one of our donor pioneers?" Emma McKendrick