The Parabola Arts Centre
After many years of planning and several months of building, the Parabola Arts Centre was finally completed in July 2009. The dream of a dedicated space for the performing arts for one of the world's most renowned schools has, as last, come true. In the exciting spaces of the finely restored Bayshill House and the new state-of-the-art auditorium, we hope to inspire both the artist and spectator.
This dream would not have become a reality had it not been for the fantastic support and generosity of our donors and volunteers, to whom we are extremely grateful. It is wonderful to see this fantastic new facility in use and benefitting both the College and the wider community.
We do hope to welcome you to the Parabola Arts Centre soon.
The Sports Complex at 'Field', incorporates a six lane, 25m indoor pool, two multi-gyms, a large sports hall and several acres of sports fields with two of the best artificial pitches in the county (the newest, completed in 2002 is floodlit). Improvements to changing rooms in the main hall provide modern and spacious facilities. Proposed improvement at Field will include the reconstruction and repositioning of the pavilion to improve the changing and administration rooms plus enhance our provision for activities such as squash, dance and climbing.
We are constantly reviewing and updating our computer technology in line with new developments in the field. Almost all areas of the College are now linked on a common wireless network and students use laptop computers extensively in most subjects. Several computer rooms are available for students to use during their free time. All houses now operate on wireless connections with central facilities for printing. We are continuing to develop our provision of wireless, smartboard and projection technology within a large number of teaching and conference facilities in College.
The Queen Elizabeth II Quadrangle
In March 2004 we were delighted to welcome HM The Queen to officially open the redeveloped lower quadrangle area, now called the Queen Elizabeth II Quadrangle. This incorporates the Guild Amphitheatre made possible through generous donation from our former pupils association.
As part of our rolling programme of house improvements, both St. Helen's and St. Margaret's boarding houses have been completely refurbished to provide bright and contemporary interiors within the traditional, spacious architecture of the buildings.
In 2003 we concluded our improvements to the Day Girl facilities with the complete refurbishment of the junior day girl house Eversleigh. Each of the three junior day houses now enjoy bright and spacious accommodation with work rooms, changing facilities and communal areas combining to give a wonderfully practical but homely feel. The day girl dining room, at Bayshill Court, completed a year earlier has been a huge success. The contemporary conservatory style facility is in great demand for functions other than lunchtimes.
The total refurbishment of Elizabeth Sixth Form House was a major project completed in Summer 2004. The improvements to all study bedrooms and bathrooms plus upgrading of the Housemistress accommodation and creation of disabled access have all been extremely well received.