We are very excited to announce that our planning application for the new Art Block has been submitted.
The proposed building will provide a more efficient, functional and dynamic working environment for students and staff.
On the first floor, a new larger technical room and preparation room will serve both Art and Textiles.
The second floor will house a new Sixth Form space and Junior Studio space(s), which will provide the required space for large canvases and 3D pieces, as well as providing the required individual space for A-Level students. The whole of the second floor is designed to be flexible with the ability to subdivide the space using movable partitions. This will help the Art Department carry out a wide variety of activities throughout the academic year, including Art classes, special PowerPoint presentations, examinations, workshops and demonstrations. The ability to subdivide the second floor will enable teaching to large groups and smaller groups, helping to maintain the School’s high standards.
All of the studio spaces will have high ceilings and large windows that create a spacious working environment, maximising the availability of light from the northern aspect.
Overall, the new building will offer larger, more functional and progressive art spaces that meet space requirements, enable a wider variety of teaching methods and encourage collaboration and exchange of ideas. This would extend opportunities for ambitious, creative learning to more pupils in Years 7-11, following the success of this in the Sixth Form, as recommended by the Independent Schools’ Inspectors in their latest Report (p2&3).
The proposed development will re-provide the staff room, common room and changing room with more modern and spacious replacement facilities.
The proposed new staff room is smaller in overall floorspace but better rationalised, with clearly defined zones to maximise use of space and create areas conducive for work (marking and desk-based work), relaxation and breaks. The proposed large glazed screen onto the open cloister will create a lighter room, whilst also enabling passive supervision of students while allowing students both independence and responsibility.
The positioning Year 10/11 common in the core of the school will make it easier for staff to supervise at break times and will also reduce students being late for class.
The new changing room will be larger, warmer and dryer, which means that whole classes can be easily accommodated and create a more pleasant environment. This will improve health and wellbeing of students by helping encourage students to engage in extra sports at lunchtime and after school, especially those who are more reluctant to engage in sports. The new changing room will also assist in hosting sports fixtures where changing facilities are required (eg swimming or biathlon events). Having this third good quality changing area would enable the school to host a swimming gala (needing two changing rooms) and also have another sports activity (internal or a fixture) as students could use the third changing room for that.
 ISI (2017) Senior School Educational Quality Inspection Report. Accessible at http://fluencycontent-schoolwebsite.netdna-ssl.com/FileCluster/NotreDame/MainFolder/docs/aboutUs/Notre-Dame-Senior-School-EQI-Final-23-02-17.pdf
We would therefore encourage all parents to go to the website to support the proposal.
The Elmbridge website is http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/find-application/
Our application number is 2018/2485