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 Catholic school unveils new vision for co-ed future
£2m fundraising
target reached
The Pocklington School, Yorkshire, Campaign for a new Art and Design Technology Centre has reached its fundraising target of £2 million and has now formally concluded.
This achievement is thanks to the tremendous generosity of donors which includes Old Pocklingtonians, current and former parents, staff, Governors, Life Patrons, charitable trusts and friends of the School. The Campaign for the new Art and Design Technology Centre was formally launched in 2015 and
was part of the School’s strategic development plan. Boosted by a significant contribution from Old Pocklingtonian Brian Fenwick- Smith, the Campaign quickly gathered momentum and Governors gave the go-ahead for building work to start on the project in August 2016.
Phase One of the new building was ready to move into after the summer exams finished the following June, and teaching began in the new Centre at the start of the 2017 Michaelmas Term. Phase Two of the new building then followed, ready for the second half of term. The new Centre has been designed to inspire the pursuit of traditional arts and crafts, as well as providing cutting-edge facilities for digital imaging, editing, animation, computer-aided design and manufacturing technology. The Centre is now being fully utilised
by staff and students across all year groups, as they pursue their studies in art, DT, photography, sculpture and ceramics.
Mark Ronan, Headmaster, Pocklington School commented: “Reaching this significant fundraising target is fantastic news and I would like to express my thanks to all the donors who have supported our Campaign and who have made the building of a new Art and Design Centre possible. It is wonderful to see the new Centre now being used by students and teachers, working to develop the creative skills which are highly regarded by employers from a wide range of industry sectors. The completion of the building provides the School with a legacy which will benefit our students and enhance the estate for generations to come.”
Our Lady’s Convent School,
the Catholic day school
based in Loughborough, East Midlands, has announced a move to embrace full co- education status, in conjunction with a rebrand to become Loughborough Amherst School.
The School, which has been part of the Loughborough Endowed Schools Foundation since September 2015, has historically provided places to girls aged
4-18 and boys aged 4-11. From September 2019, boys will be able to carry on their education at Loughborough Amherst School up to and including A Levels.
The new vision for the School’s future means that for the first time, parents and students from across the region will have the broadest choice possible between co-ed or single sex, across both Preparatory and Senior school – all on one campus of the Loughborough Endowed Schools family of four schools plus a Nursery.
The changes will enable better choice for students picking their
GCSE and A Level subjects, and significant investment is being made to improve and extend the facilities at Loughborough Amherst School.
Dr Julian Murphy, Headmaster, (pictured), explained the rationale behind the decision:“We have over 150 years of history in providing excellent education to girls, and, given recent improvements in
our academic reputation and local profile, we now believe that the time is right to extend this opportunity to boys. Most
importantly, our School allows all pupils to enjoy their education, explore opportunities, learn in a safe and supportive environment, and achieve their personal best.”
“We are proud of the encouraging, family feel we provide in our close-knit community, and this will, of course, remain central to the School’s ethos. Our class sizes will stay the same, and opportunities, such as extra-curricular activity options, will broaden and increase.
“Boys are already in co-educational classes at our Prep School but currently move to an alternative Senior School at the end of Year
6. These changes will mean that boys will not have to leave a school where they are settled and happy, and we look forward to welcoming new pupils too.”
The decision has been made following lengthy consultation between the Head, Senior Leadership Team, Governors, and Sisters of Providence – all of whom are fully supportive of the move to co-educational status.
 Entrepreneur in Residence
Milton Abbey School, Dorset, has announced that Annoushka Ducas MBE, the co-founder of Links of London and more recently the jewellery brand Annoushka, will be their next Entrepreneur in Residence for 2018/19.
Annoushka Ducas co-founded
Links of London in 1990 with her husband John Ayton. The premise was simple and in many ways ahead of its time: that if women liked
jewellery, they might actually want to buy it for themselves, rather than wait to receive it as a gift. The chain expanded rapidly and was sold in 2006. Annoushka then founded her boutique firm Annoushka, selling fine jewellery, mainly for women, featuring 18-carat gold and semi-precious and precious stones. There are two stores in London, one in Hong Kong and a very healthy online business as well.
Annoushka said, “I have benefitted so much from the privilege and freedom of running my own business. It’s fantastic that Milton Abbey is working so hard to promote entrepreneurship and I have no doubt that their mentoring scheme will help to instil a real sense of confidence and self-belief into many budding entrepreneurs.”
Milton Abbey’s Entrepreneur in Residence scheme is now in its fifth year. It brings a successful business leader into the school to adjudicate in a ‘Dragons Den’ style competition, in which £500 of seed funding for a business idea has to be developed into a fully-fledged business proposition. Business surgeries with the entrepreneurs
are a golden opportunity for the teams to get advice about strategic marketing, financing and pricing from a business leader well known on the high street.
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