The Arts Centre at Sherborne Girls is the final project in the school’s Growing for the Future development programme and is driven by multiple needs and aspirations: The need for an inspirational space in which to gather the whole school; the desire for a dedicated performance space for drama; the huge scope for developing music further; the wish to display the girls’ art, and the long held aim of giving the school a real centre – something they currently lack. At the most fundamental level, the school is inspired by the idea of physically linking the creative subjects together and giving them real prominence. It is increasingly clear that being creative is going to be a real advantage in the complicated and competitive world their girls will be living and working in.
The project in a nutshell is a new music school with a recital hall, a conversion of the existing music department for use by drama; the provision of a generous, central foyer area to link music, drama and art and to provide a rendezvous space at the heart of the school. The Centre will ‘sit low’ in campus, as the site slopes southwards. This will mean that the glorious views to the hills from the existing buildings will not be lost. The School will replace the tennis courts on a site immediately south of the existing Stuart Centre, updating to an improved, modern surface and ensuring adequate wind protection.