This Summer we will unveil the multi-million-pound development that is transforming the Montpelier site where the Senior school and Sixth Form are located. This ambitious community building project will welcome the public for the first time into the former home of Regency city landowner Thomas Kemp. Under bold plans by Head Rosie McColl, the ornate landmark has been reworked to become a community hub including a learning space for pupils, and a flexible working space for local entrepreneurs to use and pop-up a wellbeing café. The landscaping at the front of the Temple and the school’s green spaces have also been transformed.
Our Prep school has been reunited with the main campus leaving its former premises on Radinden Manor Road (now our Sports site complete with astroturf) and now situated back in The Vicarage in Temple Gardens, where the Prep school used to be.
The Head explains “We want to create a setting where there are big sisters to mentor little sisters in a school that is a home to girls aged from four right through to 18. Our junior pupils benefit from new specialist spaces for art, science and design. With a dedicated early years playground and a tree-lined lawn at the centre of the site, our younger pupils have a space to play, to discover, and to learn on a unique campus in our vibrant, buzzing city.”
The ground floor of the Temple will be used as a collaborative space for all, and the basement will have state-of-the-art music facilities for the school’s musicians to learn and practise in.
Amazing New Sixth Form Space
The top floor of the Temple has been redesigned as a hub for Sixth Form. Sixth Form students were able to pitch their ideas to the architects and influence the design. There are three zones: a workspace with writable walls in booths, a collaborative space to chill out and a kitchen space.
The green space surrounding the newly developed Temple and Vicarage has been transformed. Over 30 hand-selected ferns, florals, and foliage will reinvigorate our outdoor spaces, improving student and staff well-being through new sensory gardens and outdoor communal spaces, as well as supporting the local biodiversity.