This event marks the start of a project which has taken over 2 years to come to fruition - their current Science building is not fit for purpose. The school has a Science Specialism and 43% of Sixth Form students go on to study Science at world class universities. Owen’s is celebrating its 400th Anniversary this year and embarked on a fundraising programme in February 2011, as their 400th Anniversary Appeal, to raise £1m towards their new building.
The Dame Alice Owen Foundation committed £2m and last June the school secured £2.75m of government funding to enable work to commence this year
Funds raised by the school themselves to date total £575,000, including donations from current parents, a very generous donation of £100k by a former student and £50k from the Wolfson Trust. The aim is to reach the target by December 31st 2013 and they hope the new building will be completed by the end of the year which will become one of the legacies of their 400th Anniversary.
Some features of their new building are:
Fourteen new laboratories will provide teaching facilities for Biology, Chemistry and Physics in a flexible configuration and will be equipped with the latest technology. Two preparation rooms, a staff work room, a single occupancy office and a plant room complete the footage space available. The main corridor will also contain lockers to enable the Science Building to continue as a “Year Area” for students and a lift is to be provided for wheelchair users.