Capital Development at Sevenoaks Prep
At The Prep we pride ourselves on academic success, excellent pastoral care and outstanding relationships between pupils, parents and staff. For us to continue to deliver the best experience for our pupils, we need to provide the best facilities possible.
In October 2013, The Development Committee - made up of governors, staff, past parents and pupils, present parents, SEC representatives and members of the local community - was established to support the implementation of the school’s 10 year plan.
Development at The Prep is so much more than just fundraising. It is about improving the environment for our community through the Prep Family coming together in support of the future of the school. We are looking to strengthen our relationships with our Alumni, to improve our involvement with the local community and support capital projects and bursaries across both Pre-Prep and Prep schools:
Our projects included in our 10 year plan in 2013 included:
•new sports pavilion with changing rooms
•Completion of Portakabin replacement with permanent structures incorporating new science block, DT, art, domestic science, languages and humanities rooms
•multi-purpose Astroturf pitch
•increased funding for bursaries
Our immediate priority was the redevelopment of the Pre-Prep. In 2015, 4 new classrooms were opened for Kindergarten and Reception pupils, and in April 2016 work began on an extension to the Pre-Prep Hall and dining room which was opened in January 2017.
In July 2016, we were given planning permission for a new sports pavilion on the main field which was opened in the Summer term of 2017.
We are currently working with the planning department at Sevenoaks Council to secure planning for a Centenary Centre, and have enlisted the help of architects HMY from Tunbridge Wells to bring our vision to life.
Much can be, and always has been, done out of careful management of school fees without increasing pupil numbers. Whilst the school is contributing a large percentage of the building costs, there is a fundraising initiative to enable The Prep to complete the plan sooner than if the project relied entirely on funding from the school’s resources.
The Prep Family has always played an invaluable role in working together for the long term benefit of the school and for this we are extremely proud and grateful.
Please click on the 'latest news' tab at the top of this page for the most recent update on fundraising and building work.
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Please contact TJ Richards, Development Manager (email@example.com), if you have any comments or queries.
There has been a lot of development during the course of this academic year, with the opening of the new hall extension in the Pre-Prep in January, and the completion of the Pavilion this term. Both projects were jointly funded by our parents, Alumni and the school.
We are now looking to secure planning permission for our Centenary Centre; our most ambitious project to date. The Prep will be 100 years old in 2019 and we would like to mark this milestone with a building which represents our vision of how teaching and learning at The Prep should be.
It has meant designing a space which will encourage more of the informal contact between teachers and children, and children with each other, which makes The Prep so special. Our design incorporates areas and features that we like in the best senior schools; so our pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 will be better equipped for life beyond The Prep. With a library at its core, and a cafe and social area, this building places emphasis on curiousity, maturity and independence.
Our appeal target is £600,000 (total cost £2.25 million). Our pioneer donors and a fundraising Ball have helped us secure £325,000 to date.
Please support our appeal and be a part of this exciting, transformational project.
UPDATE: 7th July 2016
Work on the new dining hall, kitchen and classroom extension in the Pre-Prep will continue over the Summer holidays. We are extremely pleased with the work being completed by our contractor BMR and are excited about the structure going up in the summer break. We came up against some problems in the autumn with bats. There were environmental concerns they were accessing the overhanging tiles in the room above where the new dining hall is located. We had to stop work whilst this was investigated. Following night time observations, we were given the authority to proceed. Given this and some further groundwork that had to be completed, we are looking at December 2016 for completion of the new hall.
The excitement is building for the extension work to the Junior School Hall and kitchen. We are in the process of appointing a building contractor to start work during the Easter holidays, completing in time for the new school year in September. In the meantime, we are preparing the space by removing some of the old play equipment on the chippings. Designs are available to view here.
The new play fort will be completed during Easter in time for the Summer Term, and we are drawing up plans for a new sports pavilion which we anticipate being ready by Summer 2017. Architects are working on designs for a Centenary Centre to replace the portakabins too before 2019. A busy time in the Development Office!
We had hoped that Sevenoaks Council would have made a decision regarding our planning application for Stormont Court during the summer. However, owing to more information being required by Kent Highways the process has been delayed. We are now hoping that our application will go before the council for consideration at their meeting in October/November.
We will update you with any changes to the status of our application. However, please do visit the Sevenoaks District Council online planning portal which has all the details of our application: (pa.sevenoaks.gov.uk/online-applications) and enter “Stormont Court” in the search box. It is also possible to register your support for the application here, which would be very welcome.
With the first phase of our development plan complete, and much support at our events this term, it continues to be a busy and exciting time for the Development Office.
After three years at the helm of the Development committee, we are sorry that Kevin Rush has stepped down as our Chair. He will continue to serve on the committee. We are very grateful to Kevin for the enormous amount of work and advice he has given to set up the Development Office and see us through to the completion of the first phase of building work.
We are very pleased to welcome our new chair, Rob Burgess, and Vice Chair, Marianne Ismail, who have been on the committee for two years already, playing important roles in defining the role of Development at The Prep.
On 1st June, we welcomed parents, staff, alumni, supporters and pupils from across the school to the official opening of our four new Kindergarten and Reception classrooms.
We hope to have a decision from the council planning office regarding our application for Stormont Court during the summer, and will notify all our parents and supporters by email and on social media as soon as we do.
The sun shone again for our 2nd Development Golf Day in May, and 72 players took to the course at Knole Park before enjoying lunch and an auction back at the clubhouse.
A few weeks later our first Development Ball, with guest of honour Mrs Sue Binnie, was held in the school grounds with 285 guests, dinner, games, auctions and dancing til the small hours!
The two events raised over £40,000. Thank you to everyone who gave their support.
HAVE A LOVELY SUMMER!
We've had a busy and successful first half of term in the Development Office in terms of fundraising and building work.
We held our first Sevenoaks Prep Golf Day on Friday 3rd October at Knole Park Golf Course. The sun shone as our 52 players enjoyed the beautiful course and more than 70 guests sat down to lunch in the clubhouse with prizegiving and an auction, kindly run by chef and restauranteur Brian Turner. Over £11,500 was raised for the Development Fund.
During half term, thanks again to the incredible organisational skills and support of members of our school community, we held a football camp which raised more than £800 for our fund.
Many individuals have also been very generous with their private donations, all of which will make a difference to the future of The Prep. As of 3rd November 2014 , our total raised for phase 2 is £437,540. We are hoping to reach our target of £477,000 for this extension of the dining hall and kitchen facilities in the Junior School (phase 2) by March 2015 so that work can commence over the Easter holidays.
Phase 1, new classrooms update: Over the half term holiday, the internal fit out began and the installation of heating and plastering is continuing over the early part of the second half of term. The concrete was laid for the soft pour play area outside the classrooms too. We are on course for completion of the four new classrooms by December 2014.
On arrival at the Junior School at the start of term, you will immediately notice some significant changes!
The Junior School building work has progressed very smoothly over the holidays. The new all-weather playground is ready for use and the classrooms are in place, ready for some final external works over the next few weeks and internal fixtures and furnishings.
There is a new path which Junior School pupils and parents should take from the car park to the cloakrooms. It passes the new playground and avoids the construction area completely.
Thanks to careful project management and an excellent work force, we are on schedule for the completion of the four new classrooms by the start of next term in January 2015.
PHASE 1 BUILDING WORK:
During 28th, 29th and 30th June a final row of bricks will be cemented onto the footings. These need two weeks to stabilise to enable the walls to be erected during the summer holidays. We have intentionally planned not to carry out any work that involves the use of heavy or noisy machinery during the time that the children are at the school which avoids having to deal with a number of health and safety issues but also avoids the construction work interfering with the normal day to day teaching at the school. We have had to lay this final course of bricks to enable the very tight building tasks to begin as soon as the holidays commence.
During the holiday period the new playground will have the sub base of porous tarmac laid and with good weather permitting the final safety surface laid so that the new playground will be available for use at the start of the Autumn term.
The summer holiday period will also see the walls and roof of the four new classrooms being erected with the under floor heating system and first fixes of the electrical and plumbing being completed. Service ducts have already been partly laid into the existing building and these will be extended which will cause some disruption in the existing office and passageway but this should be put back to normal again by the start of term.
The second fix of electrical and plumbing works, together with the installation of the windows and doors and batoning, plaster boarding and plastering, will start during the holidays and be completed during the Autumn term. Our own maintenance team will be involved in the finishing of the classrooms to include the fixing of notice boards, decorations and installation of white boards and electronic connections where the team already have the necessary skills.
CAR PARK: We have had a final visit from the planning inspectorate over the completion of the exit crossover on the common land. That decision is about 3 weeks away but if it is yes all these completion works are also set up to be completed in the holidays with the new car parking and new entries and exits being available for the start of term.
FUNDRAISING: Our current total of donations for Phase 2 fundraising is £208,000. Thank you to everyone who has supported through single donations, regular donations, and Gifts In Kind. Our target for Phase 2 is £477,000.
Please contact Liz Reading, Development Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any comments or queries.
In March 2014, the building work started for Phase 1 of the redevelopment of the Junior School. During the Easter holidays, the ground works were completed and the construction of the adventure playground got underway.
No work will be carried out during term time. During the half term holiday in May, further work will be done on the surfacing of the playground and this will be completed during the summer holidays. Also during the summer holidays, the four new classrooms will be put in place where the ground works have been done and work on the interior of these will be completed by the end of the year so that Kindergarten and Reception classes will move into their new classrooms in January 2015.
Phase 1 is funded completely by the school.
In March 2014, fundraising began for Phase 2 of the redevelopment of the Junior School.
There has been a very positive and enthusiastic start to fundraising - through private donations, fundraising events and gifts in kind - and by early May 2014 our total raised is approximately £195,000 (including the school's contribution of £100,000). Our target for phase 2 is £477,000. Thank you to everyone who has supported the development!
Thank you very much to all our supporters!
Our Development Committee is made up of staff, parents, alumni, SEC representatives, governors and members of the local community. We meet quarterly.
Rob Burgess (chair)
Marianne Ismail (vice chair)
Kevin Rush (Past chair)
Jan Berry (chair of Governors)
Kathryn MacPherson (chair of Parents' Forum)
Marie Brown (chair of Events Group)
Golf Day 2018
Friday 18th May at Knole Park Golf Club
Please contact TJ Richards, Development Manager, for any further information: email@example.com